If you are applying for Writing a Novel Stage 1 in Sydney, it would be a great idea to read through these key points and check through your application to make sure you’re giving yourself the best chance of being selected.
PROMISE AND POTENTIAL
We’re looking for promise, for potential – a sense that the writer is excited by the story.
FACILITY WITH LANGUAGE
Perfection obviously isn’t the point yet (we’ll help you get to that) but we do want to see a facility with language, or at least a comfortable relationship with it.
It also helps when there is an intriguing premise for the story – why are *you* interested in the world you’re creating? Clarity around that will make us interested too!
A RICH WORLD
It’s lovely to have a sense of a rich world the author has in mind – but don’t feel that you have to explain everything in this extract.
Strong or interesting characters will always keep us reading, as will a sense of forward momentum leading through and beyond the extract.
Fundamentally, your application is a reflection of the things that make you and your story particular to you.
Kathryn Heyman and Margo Lanagan
Applications for first round offers close 30 November 2020