News / Emerging writers mentorship program winners announced


We’re delighted to announce the successful applicants to our new mentoring program for emerging writers from Indigenous or culturally diverse backgrounds.


We’re delighted to announce the successful applicants to our new mentoring program for emerging writers from Indigenous or culturally diverse backgrounds.

The winners are Deniz Agraz, Jackie Bailey, Karina Ko, Anith Mukherjee, Ellen O’Brien, and Gary Paramanathan. The six winners will each receive a prize of $1000 along with mentoring from award-winning writer Roanna Gonsalves and support from Writing NSW.

The judges said the quality of applications to the program was outstanding, “revealing the extraordinary depth of talent that exists among culturally diverse emerging writers in Australia”.

“The six winners all have very distinctive voices, with unique ways of rendering the complexities of the human condition on the page using language in fresh and startling ways,” the judges said. The astonishing breadth of genres and styles submitted for this program suggests we are in for a treat, with richly layered and skilfully told stories coming our way from the next generation of Australian storytellers.”

In response to the large number of excellent applications, Writing NSW has allocated additional funding to the program to provide a manuscript assessment and Writing NSW membership to a further six shortlisted writers:  Saimi Jeong, Tabitha Laffernis, Harold Legaspi, Gayatri Nair, Youjia Song and Rosana Wayand de Andrade Pinto.

The mentorship program is part of a series of Writing NSW diversity initiatives presented with funding from Create NSW.


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