Submissions for NWF18 Program

Submissions for the 2018 Newcastle Writers Festival program will open on 15 May 2017 and close midnight 31 July 2017. Any submissions received outside those dates will not be read.

NWF 2018 will be held from 6 to 8 April in the Civic Precinct between King Street and Hunter Street, Newcastle. The festival aims to shine the light on local and national literary talent, as well as to promote the written word in all its forms – poetry, journalism, literary fiction, popular fiction, etc.

Are you an established or emerging writer? Do you have a new book on the way? Are you keen to host a masterclass or presentation? The Newcastle Writers Festival will accept submissions for the 2018 program from 15 May until midnight 31 July 2017. We welcome ideas from Hunter Region writers as well those from further afield.

  • Take the time to read through previous programs which are available on the website. Make sure your idea hasn’t already featured and note the type of sessions in the program.
  • Keep your proposal succinct and please include details about your location and that of other featured writers (if there are any).

To submit proposals for workshops, seminars, author sessions and events for NWF 2018, please fill in this form from 15 May.  The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2017. The deadline is final. No new submissions will be considered after that date, as it creates havoc with the design and printing of the program.

Only those whose submissions are accepted will be contacted. If you do not receive confirmation by 1 September, your submission was not successful. Given we are a small team, it is not possible to provide feedback regarding unsuccessful submissions. Thank you for your understanding.


  • Up to 150 words
  • Is there a particular theme that relates to your work that you would be interested in discussing at the festival?