This program is a creative and professional skills development intensive that helps emerging Australian writers to refine an existing manuscript. Each year up to 10 writers are selected through a competitive submission process to take part in a four-day retreat, during which Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors provide direct feedback on their manuscripts.

Delivered by the Queensland Writers Centre in partnership with Hachette Australia.

2018 Winners

Kelli Hawkins Open House
Peter Papathanasiou The Stoning
Nicole Crowe Spitting Distance
Jennifer Toune Swing: A Dancing Memoir
Holly Lovegrove The Auto/Biography of my Father
Sharne Wheeler Riding With Strangers
Geraldine Tartan Cher, Short for Cheryl
Bella Campbell White Pigeon
Troy Hunter Gus & the Winter Boy

2018 Dates

  • Submissions open:¬†2 July 2018
  • Submissions close: 17 August 2018

Entry Fee

  • Public – $55 (plus GST)
  • QWC members and members of any of the below Australian State Writers Centres – $50 (plus GST)
    • ACT Writers Centre
    • Writing NSW
    • NT Writers‚Äô Centre
    • Writers SA
    • Tasmanian Writers‚Äô Centre
    • Writers Victoria
    • Writing WA

Important Information

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.

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