The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

EWF celebrates the history and creativity of the world’s oldest living culture.

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Artist Call-Out

The 2021 Emerging Writers’ Festival Artist Call-out opens on Wednesday 11 November 2020.

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

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 two festivals, we ran a new 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.

Artist applications close on Wednesday 9 December at 5pm AEDT.