We are welcoming submissions from published writers at all stages of their careers to participate in the 2024 festival, which will be held from April 5 to 7. Ideally, you will have had work published in the past six months or publication is pending in the second half of 2023/early 2024.
Please read the following information carefully before completing the submission form.
The closing date for submissions is 5.00pm 30 July 2023. We will not accept submissions after this date. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of October.
Consider how you would like to participate and seek approval from others before proposing a panel or joint event.
We are a small team and unable to provide feedback about your submission. Festival programs are multifaceted and the director may home in on certain themes or synchronicities among writers. You may not be included in 2024 and this is not a reflection of the quality of your work.
Newcastle Writers Festival provides a platform for new voices. If you have been successful with a previous submission, please don’t assume you will be included again.
We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive program. If you wish to be considered for the festival and there are barriers to your participation, please let us know how we can assist you; for example, by ensuring your accommodation is accessible by wheelchair or providing an Auslan interpreter for your event.
The challenging economic conditions are placing pressure on our travel and accommodation budget, and unfortunately this may be a factor when considering your submission. Our priority is to support regional NSW writers.
We recommend copy and pasting your information from another document in case there is a technical glitch while submitting. You will be asked to provide a bio, details about how you would like to participate, and the theme or topic you are proposing.
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