21 More Reasons to Apply for HARDCOPY 2018: Alumni Edition

From new access opportunities to manuscript development to connecting with the publishing industry, there are plenty of reasons to apply for HARDCOPY 2018! But we thought we’d share a few more, this time via our past participants.

This year, the program is more accessible than ever with a new First Nations Writers Scholarship, in partnership with First Nations Writers Australia Network, and HC Digital: a new online-only access opportunity.

1. 2015 HARDCOPY alumni, Nicole Gill, has since had her nonfiction book Animal Eco-Warriers published by CSIRO Publishing.

2. Leearni’s experience reflects the goal of the program—to provide the opportunity to learn the tools and make the connections to have a long and sustainable career.

3. 2014 alumni Tania sums up what the program is really all about.

4. Michelle’s nonfiction work was picked up by Text. Read this comprehensive rundown of her experience throughout the program.

5. After Nadine Davidoff’s manuscript development weekend, Emily was ready to tackle her “word gristle”.

6. Since her time with the HARDCOPY program, Shu-Ling has been a producer with Noted Festival, edited Voiceworks magazine, and been published in The Lifted Brow, Peril Magazine, Seizure, Feminartsy, Liminal Magazine and Meanjin.

7. Maxine enjoying the 2016 Intro2Industry sessions.

8. Katherine met her agent during the HARDCOPY program. Keep an eye out for her novel The Helpline, to be released in September by Text Publishing.

9. Alex enjoyed the community aspect of the program—read more here about her time with the program, and why the news that HARDCOPY was funded had her ‘out of her chair doing an actual happy dance’.

10. 2014 alumni Jane Abbott had her novel Watershed picked up by The Naher Agency and Penguin Random House, after meeting both her agent and publisher in the program. She subsequently had her YA novel published by Penguin Random House.

11. Melissa found the manuscript development portion of the program ‘utterly invaluable’.

12. One thing HARDCOPY did for Christine was boost her to do list!

13. Rachel shared this picture of the 2015 HARDCOPY participants enjoying time in the beautiful Gorman Arts Centre courtyard.

14. Sean Williams’ private digital discussion with the HARDCOPY participants brightened Michelle’s night.

15. We hope Amrita recovered from the brain explosion!

16. Bill Wilkie, who later self-published The Daintree Blockade and won the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. Read why Bill recommends the HARDCOPY program on the Queensland Writers Centre website.

17. 2017 participant Melissa Pouliot on the return of the program.

18. Mark Brandi, despite finding his publication deal outside of HARDCOPY, found the Intro2Industry weekend valuable.

19. Jen Porter after her time at HARDCOPY Round 2.

20. Melissa ruminating on the program upon the conclusion of Round 1.

21. And if you’re still not convinced, check out the Writers Victoria website to read how Sarah Vincent, the author of Death by Dim Sim, developed her memoir and forged relationships that led to publication through HARDCOPY.


Find more information about the program, including details on how to apply on the ACT Writers Centre website.

The ACT Writers Centre is supported by the ACT Government. HARDCOPY is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


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