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October 1, 2019

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Applications open

23 Sept – 21 Oct

Applications Closed


Members’ Mentoring Scholarships

About the Program

We are inviting our members to apply for free-of-charge mentoring through the Mentoring Scholarships Program, generously supported by Lynda and Christopher Dean. This opportunity is for early stage writers working on a manuscript, who are seeking an initial appraisal of their work from an industry professional. There are four firsthand feedback sessions on offer, with one session reserved for an Indigenous writer (details of firsthand feedback sessions available below). Successful applicants are awarded the mentorships based on a small sample of their work.

Explore the list of Byron Writers Festival mentors here.

Key Dates

Applications open: Wednesday 23 September

Applications close: Wednesday 21 October

Successful applicants will be notified on Wednesday 11 November and mentorships may take place in late 2020 or early 2021.


All current 2020 Byron Writers Festival members are welcome to apply, excluding members who received a scholarship in 2019. If you are not currently a member and wish to apply, you can join as a 2020 member for half price here. Read the Terms & Conditions in full here.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted via the online portal only. As part of the application process, members are asked to upload a single Word Document (6-pages max.) including:

1) A title page including genre, author biography & short description of your work;
2) A 5-page excerpt of your writing (double spaced).

What is Firsthand Feedback?

A valuable first step for writers who would like an initial appraisal of their manuscript and up-front advice regarding its development. Based on a small sample of your work, this 2-hour session will include the mentor’s reading and preparation time and AT LEAST one hour of face-to-face, telephone or skype consultation.

The Byron Writers Festival Members’ Mentoring Scholarships are generously supported by Lynda and Christopher Dean.

Applications Closed

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