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Emerging Writers’ Incubator

The Emerging Writers’ Incubator  is a nationwide initiative to develop historically excluded and underrepresented scripted writing talent in the Australian screen sector. The second year of the Incubator is presented by SBS, in partnership with Screen Australia, Screen NSW, VicScreen, Screen Territory, Screen Queensland, Screenwest and the South Australian Film Corporation, and with the assistance of the Australian Writers’ Guild.

The Emerging Writers' Initiative will open for applications 9am Tuesday 26 April 2022

Applications will close 5pm AEST Friday 27 May 2022

Working with some of Australia’s leading production companies, the Incubator aims to promote inclusion among Australian screenwriting talent and to provide significant work experience in drama production to writers with lived experiences that have been historically excluded from the sector. 

For the purposes of this initiative, historically excluded means those who: 

  • identify as First Nations Australians; 
  • are from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds; 
  • are Deaf or hard of hearing or People with disability; 
  • are Female or Trans/Gender diverse; 
  • identify as LGBTQIA+; and/or
  • are located in regional and/or remote areas. 

Across the country, six successful candidates (selected writers) will be employed for 12 months in production companies acclaimed for their delivery of Australian drama. 

Screen NSW will support one successful New South Wales writer to take part in the program in 2022.The Selected Writer from NSW will be placed with Jungle Entertainment. Placement will commence late 2022 or early 2023. 


Jungle Entertainment Pitch Document and Timeline

Jungle Entertainment Staff Writer Position Description

Application form can be found here.

All applications must be received through the Screen NSW online grants administration system, SmartyGrants.

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For more information contact Amelia Carew-Reid on (02) 8289 6417 or