Established in 2014, HARDCOPY is a national professional development program that helps build the capacities, aptitudes and resources emerging Australian writers need to reach their potential.
By creating an environment that is educative, vigorous and nurturing, HARDCOPY:
In 2017 the program will focus on nonfiction projects.
HARDCOPY does not specifically aim to have its participants achieve publication as a direct and immediate result of the program. Rather, HARDCOPY focuses on (1) manuscript/project development, (2) education about how the Australian publishing industry works, and (3) building connections and relationships within the industry/writing community. Any publication outcomes that may occur because of the program are considered an added bonus.
HARDCOPY aims to develop writers who will have longevity as Australian writers.
HARDCOPY is underpinned by the principle of pragmatic optimism: being aware of the challenges, but also being positive about the future.
HARDCOPY is a special initiative of the ACT Writers Centre and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.
By emerging we mean writers who are yet to have a book-length work published by a recognised publisher (i.e. a publisher that is active, has editorial rigour, and enables distribution including through a website).
By serious we mean writers who are dedicated to the work they do: write regularly and frequently and perhaps are starting to build a list of publications in journals or magazines; seek and build on feedback; are patient and self-reflective; and aim to have the right project published at the right time by the right publisher.
Applicants should have confidence in their project’s direction, and be excited about its ongoing development and how it might one day have a public life.
SPECIAL NOTE: writers who are already represented by a literary agent are ineligible to apply. Generally, applicants must be over 18 years of age.
Applications selected by a panel of high-profile Australian authors and coordinated by the ACT Writers Centre
‘The Best MS’ – a three-day manuscript development intensive masterclass with professional freelance editor Nadine Davidoff
Friday 26 May — Sunday 28 May 2017
A program reception will be held on the evening of Thursday 25 May
Manuscript development – writers work under their own steam to develop their manuscripts.
During this period the ACT Writers Centre facilitates a small number of digital conversations with established authors via Facebook. HARDCOPY participants may also establish writing groups in their home jurisdiction.
|June – August|
|‘Intro2Industry’ – three days of presentations and panels on all facets of the publishing industry e.g. what a literary agent does, what publishers are looking for, contracts, copyright, how to get the most out of social media etc||
Friday 15 September – Sunday 17 September 2017
Applications selected by a 2-person panel (Mary Cunnane and Craig Munro)
Saturday 25 November – Sunday 26 November 2017
SPECIAL NOTE: for equity reasons, all those who are selected to participate in Round 1 must attend the Best MS Masterclass in May and Intro2Industry in September i.e. if you are unable to commit to attending both weekends, please decline your offer and make the space available for another writer.
Craig Munro is a former publisher, award-winning biographer, and the founding chair of the Queensland Writers Centre. As the inaugural fiction editor at the University of Queensland Press, and later as publishing manager, he worked with many emerging writers who have since become celebrated authors, including Peter Carey and Olga Masters. Craig won the Barbara Ramsden Award for editing in 1985, and studied book publishing in Canada and the United States on a Churchill Fellowship in 1991. His books include Wild Man of Letters: the story of P.R. Stephensen and Paper Empires: a history of the book in Australia, 1946-2005 (co-edited with Robyn Sheahan-Bright). His most recent book us Under Cover – adventures in the art of editing (Scribe, 2015). Between 2012 and 2016, Craig was a judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
SPECIAL NOTE: participants are responsible for all travel and accommodation costs. Should you accept an offer of a place in the program, you may wish to contact your state/territory arts funding body to see what sort of financial assistance may be available.
Attach a 1-page cover sheet that includes your name, address, daytime and evening phone numbers and email address. If you are a member of an Australian state/territory writers centre, include your membership number. There will be a limited number of subsidised spaces available – if you would like to apply for one of these places, indicate this on your cover sheet along with the reasons why (e.g. student, recent graduate). Please note that subsidised places are not guaranteed and are at the discretion of the director of the ACT Writers Centre. Include the title of your manuscript on your cover sheet.
Expressions of interest that do not comply with the above will be deemed ineligible.
Please do not send physical applications to the ACT Writers Centre; these will be unopened and recycled.
Expressions of interest close 4pm Friday 17 March 2017. Extensions will not be granted, and applications received after the closing date/time will not be assessed.
The panel’s decision, which is final, will be announced in late April, and we regret that the ACT Writers Centre will be unable to provide feedback.