Cultural Diversity Initiatives: Editor Internship Program

Development program for emerging editors

Applications are now closed for a new paid internship program for emerging editors. Three emerging editors were selected for the six-month program, with the aim of helping them to secure ongoing paid employment in the industry. The interns spent one day per week in their allocated publishing house and will also be supported by an external mentorship program, led by Radhiah Chowdhury. The participating publishers are Giramondo, Hachette, and Pan Macmillan.

The program is designed to increase cultural diversity in the publishing industry and emerging editors from Indigenous or culturally diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be looking to build a career in publishing and have a demonstrated enthusiasm for and commitment to writing and/or editing. Formal qualifications are not required. Applicants must live in NSW, be Australian citizens or permanent residents and be over the age of 18.

Successful applicants received:

  • $6000 plus super across the course of the internship
  • The opportunity to work one day a week in a publishing house over a six-month period (24 days in total)
  • External support and mentoring from Radhiah Chowdhury
  • Membership from Writing NSW

Submission requirements and the application form are here.

Applications must have been submitted via the Writing NSW website by midnight (AEST) on 8 August 2021.

Terms and conditions

Radhiah Chowdhury is a Muslim Bangladeshi-Australian author and editor living on unceded Bidjigal Land in Sydney’s West. She is currently a commissioning editor and senior audiobook producer at Penguin Random House Australia. Her most recent picture book, The Katha Chest, was published by Allen & Unwin in April 2021. 

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