Artist Callouts for 2019

Artist applications for the 2019 National Young Writers Festival are now open!

NYWF takes place in Newcastle as part of the This is Not Art Festival over the Labour Day Holiday Weekend from 3-6 October and presents ‘writing’ in its broadest sense through panels, discussions, workshops, launches, performances, readings, installations, and more.

Artists can either apply as an individual or as an organisation.

The festival’s theme this year is FOUNDATIONS so we’ll be looking to program events which take us back to basics: asking where writers have come from, where they are going and what tools do they need?

As an organisation, we are here to celebrate and support young writers no matter what career stage they are at, as long as you’ve got an idea and you think we would dig it then this application is for you.

To get a sense of what we like to program you can check out lasts years’ lineup on our website. That being said, we love new and experimental stuff so if your work doesn’t easily fit into these categories that doesn’t mean it’s wrong it just means we may not have come across it before and we’re waiting for you to show us how it’s done.



If you have any questions about the application process or the festival in general, particularly about accessibility requirements, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at One of our Co-Directors will be in touch as soon as possible.  Please note that all NYWF venues are wheelchair accessible.

We provide artists appearing at the festival with payment and accommodation support, with the opportunity to apply for travel allowances.

Applications close March 31st.


To apply as an individual artist click here for the application form.

To apply as an organisation click here for the application form.

The National Young Writers Festival takes place on the unceded lands of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples. We pay our deep respects to their Elders, past, present, and emerging.