The Next Chapter Residencies

These residencies are awarded to recipients of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter program, where ten outstanding writers are provided with a year’s mentorship and $15,000 to develop their work. This program aims to elevate the Australian stories that aren’t being published and to nurture a new generation of writers, from all sorts of backgrounds.

As partners in The Next Chapter program, Varuna offers each of these 10 writers a three-night/four-day residency, along with a year’s membership of the Varuna Alumni network. 

Key dates

Applications and nominations open early May and close in early July.

What the Wheeler Centre is looking for

This program is for the stories that aren’t being told, the voices that aren’t being heard, and the ideas that need patience, care and work to introduce to the world.


There are no application fees or program fees associated with this program.

For more information, go to

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Clive Jones