We are thrilled to announce the establishment of Write It, an annual fellowship program that aims to find, nurture and develop unpublished writers across all genres with a focus on under-represented sections of our community.
Modelled on WriteNow, a similar program run by Penguin Random House in the United Kingdom, both initiatives have been established to respond to the fact that books published are not always reflective of everyone in society, and that the voices of those who might otherwise be overlooked must be championed. The success of the UK program, under which six writers have been offered publishing deals since its inception in 2016, is evidence of this in action.
Julie Burland, CEO of PRH Australia and New Zealand, commented, 'We are thrilled to be looking at different ways to engage with writers, young people and the greater community whom we might not reach in our current daily work, or who may be under-represented on Australian bookshelves. We hope Write It will be an exciting platform for people who have an important story to tell about the make-up of modern Australia'.
Open to writers who have not previously been published, a select number of successful applicants will be mentored by Penguin Random House Australia editors with the hope of publication. As part of the fellowship, the winners will travel to Sydney to participate in a PRHA Open House Day with Writing NSW.
Submissions to Write It 2019 are being accepted from today, 22 February, and applications will close at midnight AEST on Sunday 31 March. Entry is open to all Australian residents aged 18 and older.
A shortlist will be revealed on 23 April, with the winner announced on 21 June 2019.