This program is a creative and professional skills development intensive that helps emerging Australian writers to refine an existing manuscript. Up to 10 writers are selected through a competitive submission process to take part in a three-day retreat, during which Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors provide direct feedback on their manuscripts.
Delivered by QWC in partnership with Hachette Australia.
2017 submissions open Monday 3 July and close Monday 14 August
- $55 – Public
- $50 – QWC members and members of any of the following Australian State Writers Centres:
- ACT Writers Centre
- NSW Writers’ Centre
- NT Writers’ Centre
- South Australian Writers Centre
- Tasmanian Writers’ Centre
- Writers Victoria
- Writing WA
- Read the program Frequently Asked Questions and Application Guidelines for information on eligibility, entry and assessment process, formatting of your manuscript, etc
- Fill out the Application Form
- Post the application form with the first 50 pages of your manuscript and a one-page synopsis to QWC:
QWC/Hachette Australia MS Development Program
c/o Queensland Writers Centre
PO Box 3488
South Brisbane Qld 4101
Feedback from previous participants
“I had only been writing for a short time. But during those five days I learned an enormous amount and still refer to the notes I took during the seminars. I was subsequently offered a two book contract.” Phillipa Fioretti was accepted into the program in 2008. Her debut novel The Book of Love was published in 2010 and her second novel The Fragment of Dreams in 2011.
“Not only did I get to go on a five-day retreat in sunny Queensland, but I also got to share the experience with seven other fantastic writers. I left the program with a strong direction and focus.” Favel Parrett was accepted into the 2008 program and her debut novel Past The Shallows was published in 2011. It has since been shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award and won the Australian Book Industry Awards for Newcomer of the Year.
Congratulations to the 2016 winners:
|NAME||TITLE OF WORK||GENRE||STATE|
|Shelley Banks||One Weekend||contemporary women’s fiction||QLD|
|Denise Beckton||The Last Statue||Historical romance||QLD|
|Helen Burns||Where Swans Wander||Women’s fiction||NSW|
|Robyn Doreian||Heavy Metal Mutha||Memoir||VIC|
|Catherine Hanrahan||A Little Familiarity||Contemporary women’s fiction||NSW|
|Lynne Hume||Strumpets of the Worst Kind||Historical fiction||QLD|
|Kelley Mether||Love Without Borders||Romance manuscript||QLD|
|Craig Vaughn||The Animal List||Contemporary fiction||NSW|