Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program, delivered by QWC

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) and Hachette Australia are proud to announce their 9th national program for fiction and non-fiction writers in 2016.


Launched in 2008, the Hachette Manuscript Development program continues to provide a vital professional and creative development opportunity for emerging Australian writers. Shortlisted writers, and their manuscripts, are invited to participate in a fourday retreat program, during which they receive feedback and workshopping opportunities with Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors, undertake specialised training designed to support establishing a writing career, and take part in networking events with industry leaders.

The 2016 program has closed. Details of the 2017 Program will be released in late 2016. Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for announcements.

Feedback from previous participants:

"I had only been writing for a short time. But during those five days I learned an enormous amount and still refer to the notes I took during the seminars. I was subsequently offered a two book contract." Phillipa Fioretti was accepted into the program in 2008 and her debut novel Books of Love was published in 2010. Her second novel Fragment of Dreams was release in April 2011.

"Not only did I get to go on a five-day retreat in sunny Queensland, but I also got to share the experience with seven other fantastic writers. I left the program with a strong direction and focus." Favel Parrett was accepted into the 2008 program and her debut novel Past The Shallows was published in 2011. It has since been longlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award and won the Australian Book Industry Awards for Newcomer of the Year.

Congratulations to the 2016 shortlisted writers:

Shelley Banks One Weekend contemporary women's fiction QLD
Denise Beckton The Last Statue Historical romanc QLD
Helen Burns Where Swans Wander Women’s fiction NSW
Robyn Doreian Heavy Metal Mutha Memoir VIC
Catherine Hanrahan A Little Familiarity Contemporary women's fiction NSW
Lynne Hume Strumpets of the Worst Kind Historical fiction QLD
Kelley Mether Love Without Borders Romance manuscript QLD
Craig Vaughn The Animal List Contemporary fiction NSW

For more information please see our media release about the announcement.