Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) has opened submissions for this year’s Manuscript Development Program, delivered in partnership with Hachette Australia, and for the first time is accepting Young Adult (YA) and general nonfiction entries. 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program is a unique creative and professional development opportunity designed to support emerging writers from across the Australia to refine an existing manuscript over a four-day intensive retreat. 

The program, which saw nearly 200 entries last year, has led to publication outcomes for scores of authors including Favel Parrett, Inga Simpson, Victoria Carless, Rajith Savanadasa, Charlotte Nash, Christopher Currie, Phillipa Fioretti, Darryl R Dymock, Pamela Cook, Kali Napier, Cathy McLennan, Sarah Ridout, Laura Elvery and many more. 

‚ÄúWe are¬†so proud to be celebrating ten years of our partnership with Hachette,” QWC CEO Lori-Jay Ellis said.¬†“We¬†look forward to once again¬†shining a light on the very best emerging writers in Australia and helping them to develop their craft and career opportunities.”¬†

“All at Hachette are incredibly proud of this¬†program, ”¬†Hachette Australia Group Publishing Director Fiona Hazard, said. “This is the tenth year, and we are delighted to have helped develop some stellar Australian literary talent over this time.”¬†

“Our support of this program reflects Hachette Australia‚Äôs dedication to the Australian writing community. I am sure the next ten years will uncover more outstanding storytellers¬†and look forward to the entries this tenth birthday year will bring.”¬†

Up to 10 writers will be shortlisted to take part in the development program, a four-day retreat to be held in Brisbane, early in 2019. During that time, the successful applicants will work with Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors to develop and refine their manuscripts.  

The selected writers will also have the opportunity to take part in networking events with industry leaders, learning about the business of writing and establishing a writing career. 


Applications Close: Friday 17th August at 5pm AEST 

The short-list will be announced in November 2018 




For more information and to arrange interviews: 

Chris Currie, Queensland Writers Centre  

07 3842 9952 




The QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program is a creative and professional development program for emerging writers from across Australia. The program does not guarantee publication, but is designed to support emerging writers to refine a manuscript. 

Delivered as a retreat over three days, the program provides successful applicants with feedback on their manuscript from Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors; training to support their writing career and access to industry professionals through networking events. 

The Manuscript Development Program has supported more than 60 authors since the program began in 2008. The program continues to be an important pathway to publication for Australian emerging writers. 

For the first time in the program’s 10-year history, general nonfiction and Young Adult (YA) manuscripts will be considered.¬†The program is open to emerging writers who, for the purpose of this program, are defined as writers who are unpublished or with no more than one commercially or independently published work.¬†


2018¬†Program Submissions Open:¬†Monday¬†2¬†July‚ÄĮ¬†

2018 Program Submission Close: 5pm (AEST), Friday 17 August 


Entry Fee 

$55¬†(plus GST)‚Äď Public¬†

$50¬†(plus GST)¬†‚Äď QWC members and members of any of the following Australian State Writers¬†Centres:¬†


Here are Frequently Asked Questions and Application Guidelines for information on eligibility, entry and assessment process, formatting of your manuscript.  

To Apply: Post the Application Form with the first 50 pages of your manuscript and a one-page synopsis to QWC at the address below: 


QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program 

c/o Queensland Writers Centre 

PO Box 3488 

South Brisbane QLD 4101 


The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports, celebrates and showcases Queensland writers and writing in all its forms. We work with our members and partners to promote a vibrant and diverse writing community across Queensland. 

We are the leading support and resource centre for writers in Queensland, offering a comprehensive online and in-person range of services as well as information and advice for anyone interested in writing, whatever your level of experience of writing ambition. 

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