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Write It Fellowship 2021

Date: Sun November 15 2020 12:00 am to Sun November 15 2020 11:59 pm

This exciting fellowship aims to engage with new writing talent who have interesting and diverse stories to tell.

Launched by Penguin Random House Australia in 2018 to find writing and authors more representative of the society in which we live, Write It aspires to discover, nurture and develop unpublished voices across all genres (fiction and non-fiction for adult and young readers), focusing on writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, LGBTQ+, Indigenous or CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) writers, or writers with a disability.

The successful applicants will be mentored by Penguin Random House Australia editors with the hope of publication. Additionally, as part of the fellowship, the winners will participate in a PRHA Open House Day during which they will have the opportunity to learn about the various facets of publishing and what goes into acquiring, editing, marketing, publicising and selling a book.

This fellowship is open to writers who have not previously had a book published. Submissions will be accepted until 11.59 pm AEST, Sunday 15 November 2020.

‘Sometimes you need someone to believe in you, to give you the confidence to reach for your dream – and that’s what Write It has done for me.’ Ayesha Inoon, 2019 Write It recipient



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

1. Synopsis

Include a synopsis of the Work of up to 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 submitted to any other publisher, anywhere in the world
  • Indication of whether this, or a similar Work, has been previously submitted to PRHA (if so, provide details)

3. Background

Include a self-defined description of your background and why you consider it to be under-represented in Australian book publishing (up to 250 words). In particular, you may be a writer from an Indigenous, CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) and/or LGBTQ+ community, a writer with a disability, and/or come from a socio-economically marginalised community.

4. Manuscript

Include the first 5000 words of your unpublished manuscript or a complete manuscript if it is under 5000 words. 


Visit Penguin Random House for more information and submissions.

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