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New Program for CaLD Writers Launched at Centre for Stories

Centre for Stories is proud to announce a new fellowship and mentoring program for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) writers in Western Australia, supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries: Inclusion Matters.

Designed for emerging writers from CaLD backgrounds living in Western Australia who are seeking to improve their craft and develop work, Inclusion Matters comprises two distinct streams: a 12-month mentoring program, which pairs 10 early-career writers with experienced mentors, and a financially supported hot desk fellowship, which provides a dedicated space and professional support for 10 mid-career writers to take a project to its next stage.

The Centre for Stories recognises the importance of supporting and building the capacity of writers from CaLD backgrounds to navigate the broader publishing world. Inclusion Matters will address the barriers that impede local CaLD writers and facilitate their professional entry into the mainstream literary environment.


Writers will be paired with an established writer over a period of 12 months to produce a body of work in poetry, prose, or non-fiction.

To apply: submit a short story of 1500 words or less, eight poems, or 10 A4 pieces of writing. Include a 200-word biography and a 300-word statement on what you wish to achieve through this project.  Submissions close: 5pm, 30 June 2019.


Writers will be supported financially and with space to work at Centre for Stories for 10 weeks.

To apply: submit a short story or stories of at least 3000 words, 14 poems or 15 A4 pages of writing. Include a 200-word biography and a 300-word statement on what you wish to achieve through this project.  Submissions close: ROUND 1: 5pm, 30 June 2019; ROUND 2: August 2019 (not yet open).


Applicants can read the Submission Guidelines on the Centre for Stories website.

Submit via email to [email protected], with the subject line ‘Mentoring’ or ‘Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowship’. Further enquiries about Inclusion Matters are also welcome.


“The project enabled me to improve my writing skills and I learned a lot about the publishing industry. Most importantly, I gained self-confidence and an increased belief that I can make my dream of publication a reality.” – Yuot Alaak, Ways of Being Here program mentee

“After the conclusion of my mentorship, I went on to win a national writing prize as well as several state prizes. Since working with Centre for Stories I have been published locally and nationally, and I am currently completing my first novel, a feat that would not have been possible without the skills gained through the mentorship and the ongoing support of the Centre.” – Rafeif Ismail, Ways of Being Here program mentee


The Centre for Stories is a place where stories are told, shared and kept. It is a place where the craft of storytelling is taught and learned, where emerging writers learn about themselves and their practice, and where diverse parts of the community gather. Founded in 2015 by Caroline and John Wood, our aim is to tell good stories to encourage a more inclusive, informed, and dynamic community.

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