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Queensland Writers Centre/Hachette Australia

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) strives for more Australian writers to have sustainable careers, and to be read and enjoyed throughout the world. Together we are proud to work closely together on two programs in support of emerging Australian writers.

The Year of the Novel Online brings together Hachette Australia authors with new Australian writers in this online masterclass. QWC offers these courses through AWMOnline, the digital platform for the highly respected The Australian Writer’s Marketplace, and Hachette authors tutor on the course.

Developed by Dr Kim Wilkins, who writes bestselling novels as Kimberley Freeman with Hachette Australia, Year of the Novel Online delivers new multimedia content and online engagement to participants each fortnight. The course equips writers with the skills and support needed to write their novel from start to ‘The End’.


QWC / Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) and Hachette Australia are proud to have presented their 9th national program for fiction and non-fiction writers in 2016. You can find out more here.

This very successful program has led to the publication of books by Miles Franklin-shortlisted author Favel Parrett (Past the Shallows), Dawn Barker (Fractured), Inga Simpson (Mr Wigg), Charlotte Nash (Ryder’s Ridge), Pamela Cook (Blackwattle Lake) and Rajith Savanadasa (Ruins) to name a few.

What is involved?

Details of the 2017 Program will be released in early 2017. Subscribe to QWC's newsletter or follow them on Twitter or Facebook for announcements.

Up to ten emerging fiction and non-fiction writers will work with our editors to develop high-quality manuscripts.

The program will run for four days in Brisbane, Queensland. In the first two days, participants will each have an individual consultation with editors from Hachette Australia to receive feedback on their manuscript. During the four days, participants will also meet other publishing industry professionals such as literary agents, booksellers and established authors, and work on their manuscripts.

Hachette Australia does not guarantee publication of manuscripts selected for the program but reserves the first right to review the selected manuscripts. Please read the full terms and conditions in the Application Form.


Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a not-for-profit organisation whose foundations are built on supporting emerging writers. It is a place where creativity and innovation are celebrated, where new talent is nurtured and where diverse voices from across Australia are represented.

Each year Hachette Australia partners with the Emerging Writers’ Festival – the world’s premier festival for young, new and emerging writers – to bring special focus to the unique professional relationship between writers and editors in a number of programs.


Express Media

Hachette Australia and Express Media are proud to partner to present the John Marsden/Hachette Australia Prize for Young Australian Writers.

The award seeks to encourage new talent and to foster burgeoning writing careers and is awarded in four categories: an 18 to 24-year-old short-story fiction winner; an 18 to 24-year-old poetry winner; an under-18 poetry winner and an under-18 fiction winner.  In addition to the prize pool, the winners and highly regarded entrants are published in the Summer issue of Voiceworks magazine and the winner of the 18 to 24 short fiction category will also win a manuscript development session with a member of the Hachette Australia publishing team.

Express Media provides support and development opportunities for young people in writing and media and is recognised as the peak organisation for young writers in Australia. They present an annual artistic program that aims to develop creative skills. Their publications include:

  • Voiceworks national youth literary magazine
  • Buzzcuts arts reviewing magazine
  • The UnderAge online newspaper
  • The Signal Express online arts and culture magazine


The Richell Prize

About The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, established The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). The Prize was launched in 2015 in memory of Hachette Australia’s former CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in July 2014.

Throughout his publishing career, Matt Richell was a passionate advocate for writers and believed investment and support of new voices to be vital for the future of great literature. The Richell Prize has been established to continue Matt’s work in encouraging emerging writers in Australia. It is a prize for unpublished writers who are serious about their craft and aspire to commence a professional writing career.

The Prize is open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must intend to complete one. The Prize will be judged on the first three chapters of the submitted work, along with a synopsis outlining the direction of the proposed work and details about how the author’s writing career would benefit from winning the Prize.

The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia, along with a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers. Hachette Australia will work with the winning writer to develop their manuscript with first option to consider the finished work and shortlisted entries for publication. As well as promoting the Prize, The Guardian Australia will publish an extract of the first chapter of the winning work on its website.

The Prize has also been made possible through the support of Simpsons Solicitors and Joy. The Emerging Writers’ Festival involvement in this Prize has been sponsored by Simpsons Solicitors.

About the Mentorship with Hachette

The winner will receive a 12-month mentorship with a publisher at Hachette Australia. The format of this will depend on the winning writer but you can expect to receive an assessment of the three chapters that you’ve submitted, feedback on your writing style, a discussion around who your target audience might be and regular phone calls to check in on your writing progress. Your mentor will read your work at regular intervals. While Hachette is not offering a publication deal as part of the Prize we’d love to mentor the winner through to a stage where we both feel comfortable discussing publication opportunities.


black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project

Hachette Australia is partnering with the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) for the annual black&write! Fellowships, providing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors nationally.

The two black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships offer unpublished and published authors the chance to each win $10,000 prize money, professional manuscript development with a Hachette Australia publisher and the trained indigenous editors at black&write!, and a publication opportunity for their final work.

Hachette Australia will also offer the two black&write! editorial interns a one week placement at the Hachette Australia Sydney office and they will be involved in reading and judging the manuscripts submitted as part of the fellowships.

Entries for the black&write! Fellowships are open to adult fiction, young adult fiction, short story collection, poetry collection and children’s book manuscripts.

For entry details visit

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