Not Too Late for The Next Chapter

One thing that struck me when I went to the Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne a few weeks ago was how every other person asked if I was going to apply for The Next Chapter.

The Next Chapter is an initiative run by The Wheeler Centre. Each year, they pick ten writers and give them $15,000 to develop their work. Each author is paired up with a mentor and the support results in connecting with other writers, publishers, booksellers, readers—people you want to read by.

Basically, if you’re a writer who doesn’t have access to that adoring audience yet, this is your chance.

Applications close on 13 July at 5 pm and I reckon there’s still time to write that:

  • 300-word statement outlining how you’ll personally benefit from the experience
  • Get someone to write you a one-page letter vouching that you can deliver the work
  • 200-word summary of your writing sample
  • Oh and get that writing sample ready
    • Prose (fiction or nonfiction): 10,000 words of a book-length work-in-progress
    • Poetry: 10–15 completed pages of a book length work of poetry that will be preferably more than 50 pages
    • Graphic novel: 15–30 pages of a work-in-progress

You can find more information on how to apply here. The application form is online, and you can even nominate people (or strike gold and get nominated).

Either way, good luck! (I know I’ll need it.)

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