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Emerging Writers’ Incubator

The Emerging Writers’ Incubator initiative brings industry together to invest in a new, national initiative to support the development of underrepresented fiction writing talent within the Australian screen sector.

The Emerging Writers' Initiative will open for applications on Monday 3 May.

Applications will close on Friday 28 May.

Screen NSW in partnership with SBS, Screen Australia, and the state and territory agencies Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, Screen Canberra, Screenwest and the South Australian Film Corporation, and with the assistance of the Australian Writers’ Guild, are launching Emerging Writers’ Incubator, nationwide initiative to support the development of diverse fiction writing talent in the Australian screen sector. 

Emerging Writers’ Incubator will bring some of Australia’s leading production companies in the industry together to contribute to greater diversity among Australian screenwriting talent, by providing significant work experience in drama production for three emerging writers from NSW, from backgrounds and with lived experiences currently underrepresented in the sector across three years.

The initiative is searching for applicants including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; people who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; those who are living with a disability; are female or trans/gender diverse; identify as LGBTQIA+; and people located in regional and remote areas.

Across the country, six successful candidates (selected writers) will be employed for 12 months in production companies acclaimed for their delivery of Australian drama. 

The first round of placements will commence from July 2021. Screen NSW will support one successful New South Wales writer to take part in the program in 2021.

Guidelines can be downloaded from the documents box on the right-hand-side of the screen.

All applications must be received through the Screen NSW online grants administration system, SmartyGrants.

From Monday 3 May, the application form can be found here.

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For more information contact Amelia Carew-Reid on (02) 8289 6417 or