Where can I find more information about the cancellation of the 2020 Sydney Writers' Festival 

You can read the Festival's cancellation statement here and find out more information about ticketing here. 

Cancellation information for 2020 ticket buyers 

Our Box Office is contacting ticket-holders and processing ticket returns, find out more information here. 

Where can I find Ticketing Terms and Conditions of Sale

You can view Sydney Writers' Festival's Ticketing Terms and Conditions of Sale here

What are the dates of the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival?

The 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival will run from 26 April–2 May.

When will the program be announced? 

The 2020 Festival will be announced in March 2021. 

Do I need to buy tickets to attend events?

The Festival is made up of free and ticketed events.

Where do I find access information?

For details on Auslan-interpreted and closed-captioned event and venues fitted with a hearing loop system.

How long do Sydney Writers’ Festival events go for?

Festival events are one hour in duration unless otherwise stated.

Can I get my book signed?

Yes. Authors participating in Festival events will be available to sign copies of their work at the Gleebooks’ pop-up bookshops directly after their sessions. Books by participating authors will be available for purchase. 

Can I volunteer?

Volunteer applications for 2020 are now closed.

If you would like to register your interest in volunteering next year, please feel free to contact us and we will send you a reminder when applications re-open in 2020.

I am a writer. Can I present my work at the Festival?

Invitations are issued at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

Each year, Sydney Writers' Festival receives hundreds of unsolicited submissions from authors wishing to speak at the Festival or putting forward ideas for the program. We are not able to respond to the submissions or return materials sent for consideration.

Can I recommend an author for the Festival?

You are welcome to recommend an author for consideration through our online form. Due to the volume of suggestions, we are unable to respond to each one.

I am a writer. Can I present my work to publishers during the Sydney Writers' Festival?

While publishers attend the Sydney Writers' Festival, the Festival is not the appropriate avenue to present your book to publishers.

We recommend you approach publishers through the usual channels, either by submitting your manuscript directly or by engaging a literary agent.

I am a writer. How do I get my work published?

If you need advice on getting your book published, please visit the websites of the Australian Society of Authors or Australian Publishers Association.

Can you put me in touch with an author on the program?

No. For privacy reasons, we are unable to pass on contact details for authors, and we cannot pass on messages. The best way to contact authors is through their publisher or agents.

Who do I contact if I have a general inquiry?

For any general inquiries, please contact the Sydney Writers’ Festival through our online form.