About Us

Northern Territory Writers’ Centre acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, meet and live across the Northern Territory.  We recognise Australia’s First Nations people as the first and rightful storytellers and keepers of knowledge of our land and pay our respects to elders –  past, present and emerging.


Developing NT stories since 1997

NT Writers’ Centre supports, develops and showcases vibrant writing and storytelling in the Northern Territory – celebrating the unique contribution of NT stories and storytellers to Australia’s cultural identity.

Our cornerstone event – the NT Writers Festival – is the Northern Territory’s premier literary showcase. Held alternately in Alice Springs and Darwin, it is a festival like no other: bringing readers, writers and storytellers together in an annual celebration of ideas, words, stories and languages that showcases our unique NT culture and rich First Nations heritage.

We also deliver a year-round development program, events and member services that support and develop writers of all genres at all stages of their careers.

Our programs aim to unearth new talent, provide development and showcase opportunities, and amplify First Nations and diverse NT voices and stories.

In everything we do, the NT Writers’ Centre aims to provide a hub for all readers and writers, and for those interested in ideas, culture, stories and language.

Our purpose

To bring people together to share story, language and culture and to support and celebrate Northern Territory writers and stories.

Our vision

Writing and storytelling are valued as vital parts of the Northern Territory’s arts and cultural landscape. The region’s diverse communities are proud of the stories that are shaped by this unique place, and are empowered to share their own.

Our values

First Peoples First: We recognise Australia’s First Peoples as the first storytellers and value their stories as a core component of Australia’s cultural identity.

Place: We value Northern Territory writing and storytelling and recognise the unique contribution they make to the nation’s literary wealth.

Diversity: We value the creativity and illumination that comes with diversity, and encourage writing and storytelling from people and places across Australia (and beyond).

Inclusion: We create opportunities and remove barriers to allow more people to access literary activities.

Relevance: We work to provide the best and most relevant activities and services for our members and sector.


Our Programs:

Our programs run across the NT and include:

NT Writers FestivalBringing people together to share story, language and culture, NT Writers Festival is a four-day festival shaped by place, that speaks to and from the heart of Australia and the Northern Territory. The festival, whilst annual, is held alternately in Darwin and Alice Springs.

Workshop ProgramOur year-round workshop program offers career and skills development for writers.

Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards The NT’s premier prize for writers.

Imprint annual members magazine (previously Write Turn)

Andrew McMillan Memorial Residency Open to an emerging writer who is working on a substantial writing project in any genre.

Member Services Members can access additional services and opportunities