Book Launch EOIs Now Open for 2024

“Fabulous opportunity for local authors to spread the word about their books. Wonderful events bringing like-minded people together. I could not have organised a launch as good as the one I received. The publicity was fantastic. The organisation was flawless. Just brilliant.” – 2023 participant, Zoe Farrell

In 2022 we launched the Words on the Waves Book Launch program. The purpose of this program is to shine a light on local authors and bring people together over a shared love of books and reading. To ensure these events are inclusive and accessible, the launches are free to attend.

From three book launches in our first year, to eight in 2023, the program has been wholeheartedly embraced by the Central Coast community.

We are now pleased to open up applications to take part in our 2024 Book Launch Program. If you are based on the Central Coast, and have recently authored a book that you’d like to launch as part of Words on the Waves Writers Festival 2024, we want to hear from you!

Fiction Book Launch held at Kincumber Library in 2023

Words on the Waves secures suitable launch venues for authors, produces ‘runsheets’ for the events, and publicises the books and launches through inclusion on social media, the printed festival program and on the festival website. Being associated with Words on the Waves also helps in adding extra credibility to the launch event.

We’ve put together an Information Sheet to answer all the questions you might have before applying, alternatively, feel free to contact our Book Launch Coordinator Mandi McIntosh on if there’s something not answered in this document.



Please note: There is no fee to submit a Book Launch EOI. However, if successful, to have your Book Launch included in the Words on the Waves Writers Festival Book Launch program, the fee is $250. All applicants will be considered upon submission by the programming team. There will be a standardised criteria used to assess every submission as book launch slots will be limited.

Applications closed 6 December 2023

“The local launches are a great project to work on, as they are a wonderful way to give back to our community of readers and writers. Helping locals bring their books in to the community is rewarding and each one is a unique experience. I love getting to read over all the entries and experiencing new voices.” – Mandi McIntosh, Book Launch Coordinator

The Faber Anthology Launch at Ocean Beach SLSC in 2023

Words on the Waves 2024 will take place May 29 – June 3, on the scenic Central Coast. The program will be revealed in April 2024. Sign up to the mailing list here.