We are inviting our members to apply for free-of-charge mentoring through the Mentoring Scholarships Program, proudly supported by Enova Energy. 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 three firsthand feedback sessions and one block mentorship on offer (details of these programs are available below). Successful applicants are awarded the mentorships based on a small sample of their work.
Applications open: Monday 21 October
Applications close: Monday 18 November.
Successful applicants will be notified by COB Monday 2 December and mentorships may take place in late 2019 or early 2020.
All current 2019 Byron Writers Festival members are welcome to apply, excluding members who received a scholarship in 2018. If you are not currently a member and wish to apply, you can join as a 2019 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.
Firsthand Feedback (3 available):
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.
Block Mentorship (1 available):
An opportunity for emerging writers to work closely and in-depth with a professional mentor, to develop their work and improve their publishing opportunities. This 5-hour block mentorship includes reading time, email correspondence and face-to-face time.
The Mentoring Scholarships Program is proudly supported by Enova Energy, Australia’s first community-owned electricity provider.