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Pitch to a Publisher - Poetry Edition

NTWC has partnered with independent publisher Puncher & Wattmann to offer six NT poets a chance to pitch their work.

This year’s Pitch to a Publisher program is designed to platform, share and celebrate the work of NT poets. Pitch meetings with founding owner of Puncher & Wattmann, David Musgrave, will be offered to six successful applicants. To be considered, applicants must be current members of NTWC.

  • EOIs open Wed 16 Aug 2023
  • EOIs close Fri 15 Sept 2023 at 5pm
  • Applicants contacted by Wed 20 Sept
  • Successful writers offered fifteen-minute pitches on Mon 25 Sept between 5.30-6.45pm.
  • Writers can also take the opportunity to attend an online Q&A about editing and literary magazines with Managing Editor of Australian Poetry, Adalya Nash Hussein, on Thurs 14 Sept 2023.

Book Q&A tickets

About Puncher & Wattmann

Puncher & Wattmann is a publisher of shit-hot writing based in Newcastle, Muloobinba, NSW on land unceded by the Awabakal and Worimi people. Since 2005, we have published over 200 titles: poetry, fiction, life writing, poetry anthologies and critical non-fiction. Our current proprietors are founder David Musgrave and Ed Wright. Our advisory panel is comprised of writers Kerri Shying, Tiffany Tsao, David Kelly, Chris Brown, MTC Cronin and Ursula Robinson Shaw.

Puncher & Wattmann titles

Puncher and Wattmann books have won or been shortlisted for a number of literary awards including the Miles Franklin, Prime Minister’s awards and various state and Premiers’ literary awards. Our titles treasure eclecticism, wit and iconoclasm. We also publish the Slow Loris chapbook imprint curated by Chris Brown. Our Puncher and Wattmann First Poetry Book Prize is helping some of Australia’s best young poets on the path to publication. We are also proud to be the co-publisher of World Poetry, an international, bilingual journal in English and Mandarin.

Getting prepped to pitch

We appreciate that pitching your work can feel daunting, particularly for emerging and aspiring writers. Check out these helpful links on how to pitch, and let us know in your EOI if there is anything else you want us to know, including any accessibility requirements.


Submit your EOI here