National Young Writers’ Festival 2020 Artist Callout Now Open!

15 March 2020 - 8 May 2020


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The 2020 National Young Writers’ Festival Presents – THE RAUCOUS TWENTIES

Wild parties and great writing, a desire to eat the rich, and breakneck technological change, old roads being ripped up for the new, a viral pandemic. Sound familiar?

Welcome back to the 20s, baby, and with it another year of the National Young Writers Festival. We’re veering out of the decade that was and into the decade that is: get ready for THE RAUCOUS TWENTIES. The world is changing (again). The future is uncertain (again). And as we enter our 23rd year, NYWF is sending out a call to arms, asking writers to look to the past and march into a future of change, prosperity, and hope.

We’re looking for young writers or artists who are interested in becoming part of the NYWF 2020 family. We’re searching for the usual and unusual suspects. Whether you’re a journalist, novelist, poet, podcaster, blogger, content maker, lyricist or even a combination of these and other mediums, it’s time to flex those application-writing muscles!

Our 2020 theme is THE RAUCOUS TWENTIES, reflecting on the parallels between the social and political upheaval of the 1920s and today, as well as encouraging our artists to look to the past as they march into a future of change, prosperity, and hope.

Let us know all your hopes and dreams for 2020. Tell us what you’ve been up to! Pitch us your event ideas! We’re looking for ideas for workshops, panels, readings, roundtables and performances, or maybe even topics to throw on the table for discussion. And don’t be afraid to get a little wild in your application!

We can offer an artist fee of $60 per event, $200 for workshops, and the choice between accommodation at the Newcastle YHA or a $30/night accommodation subsidy.

If you are someone who has missed out in previous years due to difficulties in funding travel, we hear you. This year we are strongly encouraging artists from regional and far off places to apply! If selected, we are happy to assist and support you in externally funding travel options, and/or in some cases a travel bursary.

Applications are open right NOW and close on the 8th of May, but make sure you get your application in sooner than later!