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Through this exciting fellowship, Penguin Random House Australia aims to engage with a new writing talent pool who have interesting and varied stories to tell. Write It aspires to find, nurture and develop unpublished voices across all genres (fiction and non-fiction for both adult and young reader age groups), focusing on writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, LGBTQ+, Indigenous or CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) writers, or writers with a disability.

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.

This fellowship is open to writers who have not previously had a book published as per the Terms and Conditions.

Submissions will be accepted until 11.59 pm AEST, Sunday 31 March 2019.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

For any other questions, please email writeit@penguinrandomhouse.com.au


How to Enter:

Upload a Word document (no bigger than 3MB in size) with the following information:

1. Synopsis:

Write a synopsis of the Work of no more than 250 words.

2. Pitch:

Include a page with the following information:

   Title of the Work, and indicate the genre of the Work.
•   Brief summary of the Work (two or three sentences).
•   Brief author biography (two or three sentences).
   Details of any publishing history and writing awards received.
   Indication of whether the Work has been published, or provided to any other publisher, anywhere in the world.
•   Indication of whether this, or a similar, Work was previously submitted to PRHA (if so, provide details).

3. Background:

A self-defined description about your background and why you consider your background to be under-represented in the publishing industry – no more than 250 words. In particular, this will likely include writers from Indigenous, CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) and LGBTQ+ communities, writers who have a disability and/or come from a socio-economically marginalised community.

4. Manuscript:

The first 5,000 words of your unpublished manuscript or complete manuscript if it is under 5,000 words.

Submissions will be accepted until 11.59 pm AEST, Sunday 31 March 2019 and judging will take place during April, May and June 2019. A shortlist will be revealed on Tuesday 23 April 2019, where shortlisted authors will be invited to submit their complete manuscript. They will have until 9 am AEST, Monday 20 May 2019 to do this. The successful applicants will be notified by email during the week beginning Monday 17 June 2019 and the successful applicants will be announced to media and online on Friday 28 June 2019.

How To Enter

Simply complete the form below to enter. Good luck!

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