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The Writers’ Trust Mentorship program has put out a call for submissions!

The Writers’ Trust Mentorship program is presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada. It provides support, guidance, and one-on-one instruction to a young, developing writer under 35 from an established writer.

Three mentors are selected by the Writers’ Trust, each working in one of the fields of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Each mentor selects one mentee from a pool of applicants to work with over a 5-month period. Beyond instruction, mentees will also receive $2,500. This is a pilot project running in 2019-20.

Guidelines:

  • The Writers’ Trust Mentorship program provides support, guidance, and one-on-one instruction to a young, developing writer under 35 from an established writer.

  • Three mentors are selected by the Writers’ Trust, each working in one of the fields of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Each mentor selects one mentee from a pool of applicants to work with over a 5-month period. Beyond instruction, mentees will also receive $2,500.

How the Mentorships will Operate:

  • Mentorship pairs will connect regularly, either by email, phone, video conference, or face-to-face. Their correspondence will revolve around the submission and review of a mutually agreed upon number of manuscript pages.
  • The frequency of exchange will be tailored to the schedules and work habits of the individuals involved. It is expected that mentees will commit between 30-40 hours per month and potentially beyond. Mentors are expected to commit 15-20 hours per month.

Eligiblity:

  • be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • be under the age of 35 (as of July 31, 2020)
  • have previously published creative work in an independently edited journal, magazine, anthology, or chapbook
  • not have previously published a full-length manuscript
  • be completing a substantial work-in-progress in either fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and be at the stage where a set of outside, expert eyes is valuable in preparing the manuscript for submission to a publisher. Applicants must be in a position to receive and respond to feedback during their mentorship and not still be in the throes of drafting their manuscript.

To that end, it is suggested that applicants be at the following approximate stages of development: 

  • Fiction: 200 pages, double spaced

  • Poetry: 75 pages, double spaced

  • Creative nonfiction: 
    - 200 pages, double spaced (if writing a personal narrative or book of essays) 
    - Near completion of a fully-realized book proposal which includes an outline, research plan, and a couple of chapters 
    (if writing a journalistic work)

  • Prepare their submission in English

*Note that this program is intended for writers who do not have other resources at hand for professional mentorship. As such, students currently enrolled in writing programs and those engaged in a working relationship with a professional editor/publisher are not eligible for this program.

Application Deadline: December 2, 2019

More information and application form here.