Aspiring authors have less than a week left to submit their work for consideration by the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. The program, a combined effort by the Queensland Writers' Centre and Hachette Australia, aims to find and help develop the work of new Australian writers. Both fiction and non-fiction works will be considered.
Up to ten emerging writers will be selected to work with editors from Hachette Australia and other industry professionals to develop their manuscript and learn about the industry over the course of four intensive days. The development program will take place in November.
Past programs have paid dividends.
Phillipa Fioretti was accepted into the program in 2008 and her debut novel, The Book of Love, was published in 2010. Her second novel, The Fragment of Dreams, was released in April 2011. Favel Parrett was also accepted into the 2008 program and her debut novel, Past The Shallows, was published in 2011. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award and won the Australian Book Industry Awards for Newcomer of the Year.