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The Next Chapter – a new writers' scheme presented by the Wheeler Centre

Great Australian stories don’t all look and sound the same. They don’t reflect a single set of experiences or come from just one place.

We want to find the Australian stories that aren’t being told; the voices we’re not hearing.

Presented by the Wheeler Centre, with support from the Aesop Foundation, The Next Chapter aims to support a new generation of writers', from all sorts of backgrounds. The scheme gives writers' the time, support and space they need to develop their work.

Each year, we’ll pick a diverse crop of ten outstanding new writers' from around Australia and give them $15,000 each to develop their work. We’ll match them with a mentor and work with them over 12 months and beyond to then connect them to publishers and readers.

Across the country – in our regions, in our suburbs, in our cities – we know there are aspiring writers' with stories to tell. So let’s hear them.

Applications open 9am Friday 4 May 2018

Entries close 5pm, Friday 13 July 2018

Find out more at


Friday 4 May, 2018
Saturday 14 July, 2018
176 Little Lonsdale St
Venue Address
Melbourne VIC 3000

Victoria, Melbourne

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Call for Writers