Writing NSW

Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship Program (Expired)

Presented by Writing NSW and Text Publishing

Applications open Monday 21 September 2020. Applications close midnight (AEST) Monday 23 November 2020.

Writing NSW and Text Publishing present the Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship. The mentorship is awarded annually to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a work of fiction or non-fiction.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.

This year Writing NSW welcomes Booktopia as an additional sponsor of the Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship. 

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. If possible, an opportunity to meet with the mentor face to face will be provided. The writer will also receive editorial feedback and manuscript development from Text Publishing and access to Writing NSW professional development services.

For 2021 the runner-up will also receive 20 hours of mentorship from a senior Indigenous writer thanks to a private donation.

At the conclusion of the mentorship, Text Publishing will have the exclusive first right to consider the winning 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 Tony Birch, best-selling author and winner of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, 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.

At the end of the 12-month mentorship, both the writer and mentor are invited to attend Boundless, a festival for diverse writers, held in Sydney biennially.

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

We thank Booktopia for their ongoing sponsorship of the Boundless Mentorship.

We thank Ashley Kalagian Blunt and Steve Blunt for their generous donation to support the additional mentorship for the 2021 runner-up.

For enquiries, email info[at]writingnsw.org.au


Thursday 12 November, 2020
Monday 23 November, 2020
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