QWC Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program Writing Competition Publishing Opportunity



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 QWC in partnership with Hachette Australia.


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’ Centre
    • Writers SA
    • Tasmanian Writers’ 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.


Congratulations to the 2017 winners:

David Hueston The Searchers Crime fiction
Martine Kropkowski Gone Psychological Thriller
Louise Lavery Black Eyed Contemporary Fiction
Bethany Doherty The Recurrent Literary Fiction
Melissa Holman The Pursuit of Other People’s Happiness Memoir
Jacqueline Bawtree Waking Up Sleeping Beauty Travel Memoir
Karen Holland The Still Point of Being Historical Fiction
Tersia Parsons Something in the Water Thriller
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