How do I apply?

Applications for 2019 are now open until 5pm Friday 12 July.

It’s free to apply for The Next Chapter. All applications must be submitted online (if you require assistance, let us know).

You have the option of applying yourself, or someone can nominate you.

Whichever way you're applying, there are four requirements that need to be met.

  1. Tell us what you seek to get out of this scheme in 300 words or less, explaining how you’ll personally benefit from this opportunity. Have you encountered any specific ways in which the publishing industry was previously inaccessible to you? If someone is nominating you, they’ll write this section.
  2. You need a one-page letter of support from someone who can vouch for your capacity to deliver the work. If you’re being nominated, this letter is optional and can come from the person nominating you, or someone else.
  3. You need to provide a brief summary of your writing sample (maximum 200 words).
  4. You need to provide a writing sample. For fiction/non-fiction prose, 10,000 words of a book-length work-in-progress (with 10% leeway either way, i.e. a minimum of 9,000 and maximum of 11,000 words); for poetry, 10–15 completed pages with a view to producing a book length work of poetry (i.e. over 50 pages), not a chapbook; for a graphic novel, 15–30 pages of a work-in-progress. For hybrid works, or those not covered here (e.g. a verse novel, or a work that mixes prose and poetry) please contact us to discuss the preferred sample length.

The majority of the writing sample (ie. 75%) must directly relate to the work that will be developed as part of the scheme. It must be supplied in PDF format using the following file naming convention: surname_firstinitial.pdf

All the details are here.