Eligibility

Here’s what you need to know about whether you’re eligible to apply (or be nominated) for The Next Chapter.

The author must:

• Permanently reside in Australia, but does not have to be an Australian citizen. We encourage people who came to Australia as a refugee to apply.
• Be at least 18 years of age; and
• Not be a current staff or board member of the Wheeler Centre, or an employee of one of its resident organisations, or of Aesop. Casual staff and volunteers are welcome to apply.
• Only enter one work per year for consideration.

Eligible works:

• Must be entirely the author’s original, own work;
• Must not have had more than 25% of the work previously published through one or multiple outlets, including online, unless previously self-published (ie. published independently at your own expense);
• Must not be already under contract with a publisher;
• Must be presented in English (bilingual editions where one of the languages used is English are also eligible); and
• Must be a work of prose, poetry, fiction or non-fiction or graphic novel aimed at readers aged 13 years and above.