The Writing Zone: Calling Emerging Writers for 2020 Program

The Writing Zone

The Writing & Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University has launched The Writing Zone: a three-year program to create publication, editing, employment and performance opportunities for emerging writers under 30.?The Writing Zone is designed to help young writers from the West tell their stories, polish their craft and build a creative community together. Our 2020 program is now taking applications.


Each year, the project will offer places to 12 emerging Western Sydney writers, with at least 2 places prioritised for Indigenous writers. Writers will be mentored by experienced Australian authors and editors in a series of writing workshops and mentoring sessions. The program aims to create a foundation for these writers – by helping them hone their craft, connecting them with other writers in our region, and providing publication opportunities (such as inclusion in two project anthologies). The Writing Zone also will introduce participants to a range of literary communities and networks, including those linked to Giramondo Publishing, the Sydney Review of Books, and SBS Voices. The program will span 6-8 months and will begin virtually with regular Zoom sessions. We will move to physical events later in 2020 if circumstances allow.


We’re looking for passionate young writers who want to develop their practice alongside other writers, teachers and mentors. Applicants can be published, unpublished, or just emerging into publication – all are welcome! Applications can cover a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting and writing for performance.

Details are listed at the website and via the submittable link on the attached flyer above. Applications are due 19 June 2020, and we’ll let our applicants know the outcome by 10 July 2020.