How do I apply?

Applications for 2018 are now closed. Our ten successful applicants will be announced in late September.

Planning to apply? Our next round of applications will open in May 2019 – giving you plenty of time to prepare.

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. You’ll need to 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’ll 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 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; for poetry, 10–15 completed pages with a view to producing a book length work of poetry, not a chapbook (ie. under 50 pages); for a graphic novel, 15–30 pages of a work-in-progress.

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.