24-26 Sept 2021

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The festival is passionate about the positive impact of literature on our lives – especially in regard to boosting literacy among young people. NWF is a large event run by a small team and we need your support. The festival is an incorporated association with Deductible Gift Recipient status and all donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Please consider a donation.

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Submissions for the NWF21 Program open 11 January

NWF21 will be held from 24 to 26 September 2021 in the Civic Precinct between King Street and Hunter Street, Newcastle. Submissions will be accepted for the main weekend program as well as for a podcast series beginning in March, and a two-day emerging writers program in June. The Newcastle Writers Festival will accept submissions for the 2021 program from 11 January until 5 pm 22 February 2021.

Note: Some people have experienced difficulty submitting their proposals. We have extended the deadline until 5pm, 23 February. Alternatively, email your submission to manager@newcastlewritersfestival.org.au with “2021 Program Submission” in the subject field.

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Work with Us

NWF is thrilled to have received Create NSW funding to appoint three guest curators in 2021: First Nations Curator; Poetry Curator; and an Emerging Curator. There is scope for the successful applicants to shape the Stories to You podcast series, the inaugural emerging writers program, and the main festival program in September. We can’t wait to introduce more artistic voices to our audience. Expressions of Interest will be open until 26 February. Note: Curator role applications have been extended to 5 March 2021.

We are seeking creative and dynamic people who thrive on collaboration. As a valued member of the Newcastle Writers Festival team, you will take ownership of up to five festival events in a curatorial capacity.

Expressions of Interest are now open for the three roles. Applicants must reside in NSW. The curators are not expected to be based in Newcastle, though attendance at the 2021 festival in September is essential.

Newcastle Writers Festival offers an exceptional literary program that affirms our commitment to artistic excellence and to the delivery of programs that offer opportunities for emerging and established artists, especially those in regional areas. As an employer, we are committed to providing equal opportunities and a positive work environment.

We embrace our diverse community and encourage applications from everyone including people of First Nations background, people of diverse sexual orientation and gender, people with a disability, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Note: Curator role applications have been extended to 5 March 2021.

4-5 April 2020 #nwfstoriestoyou

Newcastle Writers Festival will be the first major literary festival to turn to online program delivery since the COVID-19 crisis started to take hold in Australia. Festival director Rosemarie Milsom has mobilised writers to take their stories and experiences directly into people’s homes. 

We hope you’ll join us this weekend for a special Newcastle Writers Festival. We may not be able to sit side by side, but we can still unite online through our love of books. #NWFStoriesToYou


Newcastle Writers Festival acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi peoples as custodians
of the land on which we live and work. We recognise the continuing connection to land,
water and community. We pay our respects to elders – past, present and emerging.

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