Submissions for NWF20 Program

NWF20 will be held from 3 to 5 April 2020 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.

Submissions are being accepted for both the Schools Program and main weekend program.

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 2020 program from 20 May until midnight 31 July 2019. 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).

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants whose proposals were accepted for the 2019 program will not be eligible to re-apply until 2020.

To submit proposals for workshops, seminars, author sessions and events for NWF 2020, please fill in this form from 20 May. Forms received before 20 May will not be considered. The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2019. 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 31 October, 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.


  • Please include recent publications, reviews, award nominations, and experience at presenting.
  • Please outline your idea for a session/event and consider the following: whether you plan to present a workshop/talk in your own particular area of expertise; are proposing a unique literary event that would successfully integrate with the festival; or would be open to participating in an event with other successful contributors.