Inaugural Adaptation Program

by Queensland Writers Centre and Screen Queensland

Deadline: December 03, 2018

adaptation, n.

  1. The application of something to a particular end or purpose; the action of applying one thing to another or of bringing two things together so as to effect a change in the nature of the objects.
  2. The action or process of adapting one thing to fit with another, or suit specified conditions, esp. a new or changed environment, etc.; (also) an instance of this. Usually with to.

The inaugural Adaptable Program seeks material for film or television adaptation. Open to writers Australia wide, the contest accepts any genre, fiction or non-fiction, published or unpublished. As part of the Adaptable Program, Queensland Writers Centre will also identify several early career unpublished/emerging writers to pitch their work to screen creatives, with these writers receiving mentorship and advice prior to the pitching sessions.

This is an exciting opportunity for 25 successful authors to get a fully completed work in front of producers at a Market Day in February. Each successful author will have an opportunity to pitch published and/or publication-ready novels, short stories, biographies, and non-fiction works with potential for screen adaptation to producers, showrunners, and screenwriters.

Writers Helping Writers

The writing community is showing its generosity once again!  The Queensland Writers Centre has received philanthropic support to sponsor a number of entries from members of the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQA and women in hardship communities who have a fully completed work that could be translated to the screen.  For more details about sponsorship into the Adaptable program, e-mail us at

View Adaptable Program Guidelines

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Submission Deadline: 03 December , 2018 – $55/entry

2018 Successful Writers will be Announced: January, 2019