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.

In 2016, up to 10 emerging fiction and non-fiction writers will work with editors from Hachette Australia to develop high-quality manuscripts. The program will run for four days in Brisbane, Queensland. Participants will each have an individual consultation with editors from Hachette Australia to receive feedback on their manuscript.  During the four days, participants will also meet other publishing industry professionals such as literary agents, booksellers and established authors, and work on their manuscripts. The program will run Friday 4–Monday 7 November 2016.

Hachette Australia does not guarantee publication of manuscripts selected for the program but reserves the first right to publish the selected manuscripts. Please read the full terms and conditions in the Application Form.

Application guidelines and forms for the 2016 program can be downloaded at the links below.

Applications open Friday 1 April 2016

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Applications now close 5.00pm, Monday 16 May 2016

Application Guidelines

Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

QWC Manuscript Formatting Guide

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 2015 shortlisted writers:

Victoria Carless The Dream Walker Literary Fiction QLD
Wendy Davies THE Drover's Rest Romance VIC
Susan (Susi) Fox Mine Commercial Women's Fiction VIC
Patricia Holland Lochwall Literary Fiction QLD
Kali Napier The Songs of All Poets Historical Fiction QLD
Imbi Neeme The Hidden Drawer Divorce Lit VIC
Susan (Sue) Pearson River Is A Strong Brown God Historical Crime Thriller QLD
Mary-Ellen Stringer A Beggar's Garden Contemporary Literary Fiction QLD
Angella Whitton The Night River Contemporary Fiction NSW