Centre for Stories

Writing Programs

Throughout the year various writing projects are open.

Signature Writing Program

Writing Change, Writing Inclusion

Funded by The Ian Potter Foundation, Australia Council and Centre for Stories Founders Circle, Writing Change, Writing Inclusion is a writing program offering support for early, emerging and established writers from CaLD and/or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. This program offers hot desk writing space, mentoring, access to writing courses, and more.

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2022 Writing Change, Writing Inclusion Fellowships


Open to emerging Western Australian writers who identify First Nations and/or Person of Colour (FNPOC), the 2022 Centre for Stories Writing Fellowships offers six writers the opportunity to work on a manuscript of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. This 12-month program provides a $10,000 stipend, an optional desk space at Centre for Stories, intensive editorial support, mentoring support, and professional networking opportunities.

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Writing Fellowships

We have several writing fellowships throughout the year

  • Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers

    CLOSED TO ENTRIES — Open to mid-career writers, the fellowship is awarded to someone in recognition of their literary achievements and commitment to humanity demonstrated through their active participation and engagement in social justice issues. Applicants must be under the age of 40 and identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+, living with a disability, or culturally and linguistically diverse.

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  • Patricia Kailis International Writing Fellowship

    CLOSED TO ENTRIES — The Patricia Kailis International Writing Fellowship is valued at $30,000 and is open to writers living outside Australia. It is a residency based at the Centre for Stories in Perth, Western Australia.

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A Digital Publication

Portside Review

Portside Review is a journal from and for the Indian Ocean. It’s is a new digital space for essays, interviews, reviews, poems, and so much more. Portside Review will publish four issues per year and is open for submissions all year round.

Each issue is subscriber-based, at an annual fee of AUD $70.

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A Print Publication

Green Leaves

A new international publication project by Centre for Stories in partnership with Red River Press based in Delhi. The project will support eight poets to publish a full manuscript of poetry and two editorial fellowships to emerging editors, all from CALD backgrounds. This project is proudly funded by DLGSCI.

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Know their stories

Emerging writers from all over Western Australia and beyond share the written works they produced while undertaking our Writing Change, Writing Inclusion program. Whether it was participating in a hot desk program, being mentored by an established author, or working towards publishing their own piece of poetry or fiction, these are their stories.

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Past Writing Programs

Past Publications

Support our writers

You can buy our past publications, To Hold the Clouds and Wave After Wave, to support the work of our emerging writers by fostering more outlets like these for their continued practice.

To Hold the Clouds is a direct result of our Writing Change, Writing Inclusion program. It features 23 of our emerging writers sharing their poetry, short fiction, and essays.

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Our Library

Did you know we have a library with over 3000 volumes and more than 2000 diverse writers and voices, and that you can borrow any of our books for free? With a wide range of topics and interests, and highlighting the voices of culturally and linguistically diverse authors in particular, we have something here for everyone.

Explore our collection online and then come into Centre for Stories in-person to borrow the books you want.

Thank you to John McCann who has been caring for our library and thank you to everyone who generously donated books to our growing library. If you would like to donate a book, please email us to inquire.


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Want to work with us?

If you’re interested in supporting your own writing program, fellowship, residency, mentorship or more, we’d love to hear from you. Or, if you’re just interested in knowing more about our Writing Program, we’d be happy to share more with you. Reach out today and let’s collaborate!

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A program supported by our donors

Meet our Elders-in-Residence

We launched a brand-new elder-in-residence program at Centre for Stories, with your support. The program provided a space for three older storytellers to write and share their stories and experiences with our community of emerging creatives – forging connections across generations. Thank you to our donors for making this possible. – Caroline Wood, CEO
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