Opportunities and resources

For Writers


Subscribe to our Newsletter

The NT Writers’ Centre sends out a fortnightly newsletter, packed with literary news, reviews, resources and competitions for NT-based writers.




A great way to advance your writing is to apply for the many competitions, awards and residencies offered in the NT and interstate.

There are a huge amount of opportunities available for writers, ranging from local competitions to national and international residencies. While our newsletter is the best place to stay in the know about upcoming opportunities, we have compiled a list of regular opportunities for NT writers:

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Join a Writers’ Group

There are many writers’ groups and gatherings on offer across the NT for you to practice skills and share your work.

Writers’ groups can be a wonderful opportunity to share your work in progress, learn new skills and become part of a writing community.

We have a regularly-updated list of groups – please let us know if you have any more to add to our list:

Groups near me

Writing for Beginners

Have you written a book, but not sure where to start in terms of your next steps? Interested in self-publishing or want to pitch to traditional publishers? Not sure if you need an editor or an agent?

The NT Writers’ Centre has created an FAQ answer sheet for early-career writers. Find it here:

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Chief Minister’s NT Book Award 

Started by the NT Writers’ Centre in 2009, and originally called Territory Read, the Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards have celebrated excellence amongst published authors residing in the NT for over a decade. 

The awards are held biennially and will take place again in 2024 to honour books published by NT authors in 2022 and 2023. 

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