Kathryn Heyman, founder of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, has teamed up with the University of Queensland Press to offer the Kathryn Heyman Mentorship Award for a writer from a background of social and economic disadvantage. The successful writer will be mentored by Kathryn Heyman, under the auspices of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, for six months. At the conclusion of the mentoring program, the writer will receive a full read and editorial report from UQP.
Applications via email to firstname.lastname@example.org should include:
- A one page outline of the writer’s background and also writing experience
- A five thousand word excerpt of your work-in-progress.
- This award is for a writer of fiction or non-fiction. However, the writer should be working on a full length work of prose which engages with issues of class and economic disadvantage
- Applicants must apply via email to email@example.com with a five thousand word sample of work-in-progress, which must be the work applicant wishes to pursue under the mentorship
- Applicants must attach a one page outline detailing their background. Social and economic disadvantage relates to opportunities that were available to you growing up.
- Applicants must also attach a one page synopsis of work-in-progress.
- Applications close on May 15th 2019 and the successful applicant will be notified by May 25th 2019.
- Mentorship meetings will take place in Sydney or via Skype.
- Successful applicant will have five one hour meetings, over a six month period, submitting up to ten thousand words of work-in-progress before each meeting.
- At the conclusion of the mentorship, the writer will have up to one year to complete the manuscript before submitting to UQP, who will then provide a full read and editorial report.
- UQP makes no commitment to publishing the work resulting from the mentorship but will have the right of first offer.
“Kathryn is an inspirational and charismatic teacher. With her trademark energy and humour, she encouraged me to ask the hard questions.”
– Jane Rusbridge, author of The Devils Music, Longlisted for Impac Award
“Kathryn is a highly skilled, brilliant and dynamic mentor. The author of 6 wonderful novels, she was able to communicate from a deep understanding of the writing process and guided me as to what was important, what worked, what didn’t.
This was mentoring at its best, which I will always treasure.”
– Sienna Brown, whose book, Master Of My Fate, published by Vintage Australia will be available from May 2019.