I submitted last year and was unsuccessful. Can I resubmit?

As long as you meet the eligibility criteria you are welcome to re-apply.

Do you still have my submission from last year or will I have to send another copy?

QWC does not keep past submissions so you will be required to send another copy.

Can I submit electronically?

No. The first 50 pages of your manuscript must be mailed in with your completed application form.

I have self-published a book. Can I submit a different manuscript?

Yes. If you have no more than one other work published, whether commercially or independently, you are still eligible to enter an unpublished manuscript. Authors with more than one published work are not eligible.

What does industry standard formatting mean?

There is no official standard for formatting manuscripts; however, there are some formatting styles that have emerged over time as the accepted standard for submitting your manuscript to publishers or in competition. These include:

  • Paper: use white A4 paper
  • Spacing: double line spacing
  • Font: 12 point font in Times New Roman
  • Print: black ink and only on one side
  • Margins: should be about 3cm all around
  • Secure: by means of bulldog clips or rubber bands – do not attempt to staple or otherwise bind your manuscript (this includes display folders)

What does double spacing mean?

It means the lines of text in a word document are spaced so that there is a blank line between each line of text. Please find instructions to double space your manuscript below:

For Microsoft Word versions up to 2010: Highlight the whole text, go to Format, then select Paragraph and modify the Spacing option. For Microsoft Word 2010 version to current: Highlight the whole text, go to Page Layout, select Paragraph and then modify the Spacing option. For Apple Pages program: Click on the Inspector button. Click on the Text inspector > Text button. Adjust line spacing to 2. Alternatively, tap the inspector button, go to Layout, and change the line spacing to 2.

Does the synopsis have to be double spaced?

No. For information on writing a synopsis, please see QWC’s Writing a Synopsis resources:

What is the Entry Fee for?

The entry fee contributes towards the costs of running the program.

My manuscript is under consideration by another publisher – does this matter?

Yes. Manuscripts that are being considered by other publishers are not eligible for the program. We will accept manuscripts that have been entered in other emerging writer competitions (e.g. Richell Prize), however, we ask that you notify us if you are shortlisted for another competition.

I have entered my manuscript in another competition. Can I also submit it to this program?

You may submit manuscripts that you have also submitted to other competitions, however, if you are short-listed in another competition your application to this program will become ineligible. You must inform us if this happens. Note – it is your responsibility to check with the other competitions for their rules of submission.

When will I be advised if I have been accepted for the program?

The reading/shortlisting process can take up to twelve weeks. QWC aims to notify all applicants by the end of November 2018.

Will there be any feedback if I am unsuccessful?

Neither QWC nor Hachette Australia are able to provide individual comments or feedback on your submission. No correspondence will be entered into about the results of the shortlisting process.

Are there any costs to me if I am successful in being selected for the program?

Successful participants must contribute their own transport to and from Brisbane. Accommodation and some meals will be provided by QWC. Some state and local governments have travel grants for artists.

Will I get a publishing deal out of this program?

The QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program is not a publishing prize. It is designed to assist emerging writers to improve their manuscripts and to develop their publishing industry knowledge. Hachette Australia does not guarantee publication of manuscripts selected for the program but reserves, for a period of nine months only, the first right to publish the selected manuscripts.


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