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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Support the future of Australian storytelling

For 20 years, the Emerging Writers’ Festival has supported emerging writers, celebrated creativity and innovation, nurtured new talent and represented diverse voices from across Australia.

Over the last few years, EWF has worked quickly to adapt to the changing circumstances at hand, embracing digital platforms and delivering our festival program online.

In 2023, we’re excited to celebrate new stories, new voices and new worlds through a hybrid festival of in-person and digital events.

Donations of any size are powerful, and we hope you will make a contribution to our donation drive. Whether you’re an emerging creative who wants to see EWF thrive, or an EWF alum who has seen the value of the festival since your early days, every amount is an enormous help. Each contribution helps us create a better festival and future for the voices of tomorrow.

EWF is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status – all donations over $2 are tax deductible. All donations over $20 will be recognised with a heartfelt thank you and mention on the EWF website.

If you would like more information on how you can support the Emerging Writers’ Festival, please contact Jes Layton here.

Thank you to all our generous 2022 supporters

Literary Extraordinaire ($1,000+):
Craig Semple

Narrator ($500+):
David Ryding

Protagonist ($300+):
Jason Craig
Tim Fisher
Cara Sputore

Witty Sidekick ($100):
Shelley Burr
Sam Coley
Kate Cuthbert
Kasania Dmitrieff
Lisa Down
Rory Green
Lucy Hamilton
Michael Livingston
Rebecca MacFarling
Thomas McLean
Catriona Menzies-Pike
Travis Mitchell
Lyndall Stephens
Arwen Summers
Julia Tsalis

Supporting Character ($50+):

Patrick Allan
Fran Berry
Anna Bratchford
Daphne Briggs
Shu-Ling Chua
Brooke Dunnell
Sherryn Hind
Patricia Hogan
Diem Nguyen
Sarah Randall
Ruth Richards
Georgia Symons
Adeline Teoh
Richard Watts
Panda Wong

Pen Pal ($20+):

Zohra Aly
Rachel Ang
Millie Baylis
Olivia Chung
Emily Davison
Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn
Morgan Fisher
Suzanne Garcia
Heidi Hetz
C Lalwani
Erin Milner
Virginia Muzik
Dani Netherclift
Liam O’Bryan
Lucy O’Connor
Beth Patch
Duncan Pelham-Webb
Selena Repanis
Ayaha Tea
Jon Tjhia
A Valliard
Nola Wernicke
Peter Wood