Boundless Indigenous Writer's Mentorship 2020

Presented by Text Publishing and Writing NSW

Applications are now open and close midnight (AEST) Monday 25 November 2019


The mentorship is awarded annually to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a work of fiction or non-fiction. The intention of the program is to support the writer to develop their manuscript and to facilitate a pathway to publication.

The program will pair an emerging Indigenous writer from anywhere in Australia with a senior Indigenous writer for a structured year-long mentorship. The writer will receive 20 hours of mentorship over the following year, including feedback on their work in progress and general advice on writing and developing a publishing career. The writer will also receive editorial feedback and manuscript development from Text Publishing and access to Writing NSW professional development services.

The writer and mentor will be invited to attend Boundless – the festival of culturally diverse writers to be held in Sydney in 2021.

At the conclusion of the mentorship, Text Publishing will have the exclusive first right to consider the selected manuscript for publication, under terms to be negotiated with the writer.

Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must have made substantial progress on a manuscript, which they intend to complete (refer to submission requirements). Applicants must not previously have had a full-length work of fiction or non-fiction professionally published.

Submissions must be either a work of fiction (including short story collections) or narrative non-fiction for adult, kids (middle grade), or young adult. Please note that poetry, plays, picture books, and practical non-fiction are ineligible.

Submissions will be judged by award-winning Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch, in consultation with representatives from Text Publishing and Writing NSW. 

The mentorship is open to emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers who are permanent residents of Australia. Applicants must be over the age of 18. Confirmation of Indigenous status may be required.

Writing NSW acknowledges the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) for their support of this program.

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Monday 25 November, 2019
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