Artist Call-Out

Keen to be a part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival in 2022? We have an open artist call-out running until 5pm AEDT, Friday 10 December. Read our artist application tips here and then submit your application via the online form here.

Please note: due to the volume of applications we receive, we unfortunately cannot accept any emailed submissions. 

Each year, EWF opens a call-out for writers and storytellers of all kinds to submit an expression of interest in participating in the Festival. Applicants are invited to share not only their individual work, but their ideas for the events, topics and conversations that they want to be included within the festival.

Diversity, inclusivity and accessibility are the core values that underpin EWF’s artistic program, offering a unique opportunity for writers of all ages and backgrounds, representing all genres and styles of storytelling, to participate in and engage with.

Each year we program artists from around Australia, and are committed to selecting 25% of these from the open artist call-out. As always we have budget to fly some artists to Melbourne for the festival, so we welcome interstate and regional applications.

We are really keen on ideas that play and experiment with the digital space and storytelling. You can see some examples of the things we are interested in by checking out previous Digital Writers’ Festival programs as well as our 2020 festival program!

For the last three festivals, we have run a stream of ‘co-productions’ with artist collectives, EWF X. This is an opportunity to pitch us an innovative idea that can be delivered by your collective or group. We will work with successful applicants to develop and deliver the idea as part of the festival.

Got questions? Watch the livestream of our artist info session here, which was broadcast on Tuesday 10 November at 12:30pm AEDT!


Applications Open
8 November 2021

Applications Close
5.00pm AEDT, 3 December 2021

Successful and Unsuccessful Artists Notified
By late April 2022

Program Launched
May 2022

15-25 June 2022

All artists will be remunerated for their participation. International artists, please note: we are only able to pay in Australian dollars through PayPal.

Questions? Make sure you’ve read our handy application tips here. If you still have questions, you can email [email protected]
or check out the festival archives.