Take your story to The Next Chapter.

Rolling lockdowns and all the extra worries that come with living through a pandemic makes it harder than ever to find the time to write, so The Next Chapter is extending our closing date by two weeks to Friday 6 August, 5pm.

If you've already submitted an application and wish to resubmit, please email us at thenextchapter@wheelercentre.com before the original deadline of Friday 23 July, 5pm to let us know.

Find out how to apply here.

Every writer knows that the story is only the beginning; that original storytelling needs time, support and a space in which to thrive.

Each year, we pick ten outstanding writers and give them $15,000 each to develop their work. We match them with a mentor and work closely with them on bringing their writing to life, connecting them with peers, publishers and readers.

How does The Next Chapter help writers?

Next Chapter recipients Adam Thompson, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Ara Sarafian, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi, Nayuka Gorrie, Ennis Cehic, Evelyn Araluen, Adrian Stanley, Yamiko Marama, Jean Bachoura, Arthur Bolkas, Lian Low and Dan Hogan reflect on the impact of the scheme.