QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program shortlist announced

Wednesday 7 September 2016

For immediate release


Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) and Hachette Australia today announced the successful manuscripts entered into the 2016 QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program.

The Manuscript Development Program is a unique creative and professional skills development intensive retreat that supports emerging Australian authors to refine an existing manuscript.

In releasing the shortlist, QWC’s Chief Executive Officer Katie Woods said interest in the program is significant, which is reflected in the high quality of the manuscripts submitted.

‘The QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program received more than 200 applications from across the country,’ Katie said.

‘Now in its ninth year, the Program continues to cultivate exceptional Queensland and Australian storytellers, and this year’s cohort is no exception.’

The shortlisted manuscripts for the 2016 QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program are:

  • Shelley Banks' contemporary women's fiction manuscript ‘One Weekend’ (QLD)
  • Denise Beckton's historical romance manuscript ‘The Last Statue’ (QLD)
  • Helen Burns' women’s fiction manuscript ‘Where Swans Wander’ (NSW)
  • Robyn Doreian's memoir manuscript ‘Heavy Metal Mutha’ (VIC)
  • Catherine Hanrahan's contemporary women's fiction manuscript ‘A Little Familiarity’ (NSW)
  • Lynne Hume's historical fiction manuscript ‘Strumpets of the Worst Kind’ (QLD)
  • Kelley Mether's romance manuscript ‘Love Without Borders’ (QLD)
  • Craig Vaughn's contemporary fiction manuscript ‘The Animal List’ (NSW)

‘Selecting a shortlist for the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program each year is a tough job; one not made easier by the high standard of the 2016 manuscripts,’ Vanessa Radnidge, Publisher at Hachette Australia said.

‘The submissions this year were an exciting and diverse mix. Whittling them down to eight manuscripts was difficult. On behalf of everyone at Hachette Australia, I would like to warmly congratulate every writer who submitted a manuscript to the program. My colleagues Rebecca Saunders, Kate Stevens and Robert Watkins are very much looking forward to November when they get the privilege of working directly with these shortlisted authors. It is bound to be another brilliant program.’

Each year up to 10 authors are selected from a competitive process to take part in a four-day retreat, during which they receive direct feedback from Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors.

During the retreat, selected authors will also undertake specialised training designed to support establishing a writing career and take part in industry networking events.

This year’s retreat will be held at Queensland Writers Centre on Level 2 of the State Library of Queensland from Friday 4–Monday 7 November 2016.


This media release can also be downloaded as a PDF.


Program participants may be available for interview on request. Please contact Elliott Bledsoe (details below) to arrange an interview.

Additional information

About the QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program

The QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program is a creative and professional development program for emerging writers from across Australia. The Manuscript Development Program is not a publishing prize. It is designed to support emerging writers to refine a manuscript.

Delivered as an intensive retreat over four days, the program provides successful applicants with feedback on their manuscript from Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors, training to support their writing career and access to industry professionals through  networking events.

The Manuscript Development Program has supported more than 50 authors since the program began in 2007. The program continues to be an important pathway to publication for Australian emerging writers.

About Queensland Writers Centre

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) supports the practice, development and recognition of writers and a vibrant culture of writing, reading and creating. QWC is the leading support and resource centre for writers and writing in Queensland, offering creative and professional development for writers of all experience levels, mediums and genres.

Through a year-long program of workshops and events, partnerships with national festivals and organisations, mentoring programs and scholarships, a quarterly magazine and a range of other services, QWC helps writers achieve their goals – no matter how big or small.

Media contact

Elliott Bledsoe
Marketing & Communications Manager

Mobile: 0405 059 367
Telephone: 07 3842 9942
Email: ebledsoe@qwc.asn.au