Call for Applications from Quebec English-language Writers

DEADLINE: Sunday, November 8, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. EST

The QWF Mentorship program is designed to help promising emerging writers make the transition to the next stage of their careers. Over a period of four months, mentors are expected to devote 35 to 40 hours to reading and responding to their protégé’s work and giving guidance towards the goal of publication or production. Protégés are expected to commit a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per month to the program. Remuneration for mentors is $1500.

This program is intended for Quebec residents who do not have other resources at hand for professional mentorship. As such, students currently in writing programs and authors working with a professional editor/publisher are not eligible for this program. Nor are those who have already had a QWF mentorship. All participants must be QWF members in good standing as of February 1, 2021.

Both mentors and protégés will be selected by an independent jury. There is no guarantee that all genres will be included in the final pairings. Depending on geographical location, some of the Quebec mentorships may also be conducted primarily by email, Skype and telephone.

To Apply TO BE a Mentor
Writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or young adult literature with at least one book published by a recognized professional publisher or an equivalent professional level of achievement, and playwrights or screenwriters with at least one full-length professional production are eligible to apply. Dramaturgs need not have had a play published, but must have professional credentials. Teaching or mentoring experience is a plus.

To apply for the mentorship program, prepare the document described below and then submit your application, which must include the following components combined into a single WORD document:

 

  1. a one-page bio listing your publications/productions, outlining your teaching experience, and listing the genres/disciplines on which you are qualified to advise;
  2. a short description of your approach to mentoring;
  3. a declaration of your availability during the period of November 15, 2020 to June 30, 2021. (If selected for the program, you will receive applications from the shortlisted candidates in your genre in November and be asked to rank your choices within a short timeframe. The actual mentoring takes place from March 1 to June 30, 2021, with a public reading to be scheduled in Montreal in June 2021.)

 Please be sure to indicate the genre(s) you would be willing to mentor in. You can check more than one genre.

If you cannot submit online, you may mail a copy of the document described above, along with your complete contact information to:

 QWF Mentorship Program
 Quebec Writers’ Federation
 1200 Atwater Ave., Room 3
 Montreal, QC H3Z 1X4


All hard-copy submissions MUST BE DELIVERED TO QWF by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Successful applicants will be notified in early-December, 2020.


For more information:
Telephone: (514) 933-0878 ● info@qwf.org

Call for Applications from Quebec English-language Writers

DEADLINE: Sunday, November 8, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. EST

The QWF Mentorship program is designed to help promising emerging writers make the transition to the next stage of their careers. Over a period of four months, mentors are expected to devote 35 to 40 hours to reading and responding to their protégé’s work and giving guidance towards the goal of publication or production. Protégés are expected to commit a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per month to the program. Remuneration for mentors is $1500. The only cost to protégés is a $25 CAD non-refundable application fee.

This program is intended for Quebec residents who do not have other resources at hand for professional mentorship. As such, students currently in writing programs and authors working with a professional editor/publisher are not eligible for this program. Nor are those who have already had a QWF mentorship. All participants must be QWF members in good standing as of February 1, 2021.

Both mentors and protégés will be selected by an independent jury. There is no guarantee that all genres will be included in the final pairings. Depending on geographical location, some of the Quebec mentorships may also be conducted primarily by email, Skype and telephone.


The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship for Underrepresented Writers
(part of the QWF "Fresh Pages" Initiative)
If you are Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour you may be eligible for The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship, launching this year as part of the QWF "Fresh Pages" Initiative. This program is designed to create opportunities for promising writers and playwrights who, because of their ethnic or racial profile, have faced systemic and/or financial barriers to engaging in professional development activities. The QWF's goal is to give a select group of literary artists additional training, skills, and professional credentials to help level the playing field and improve their career opportunities.
You can find out more about The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship here:
https://qwf.org/activities/programs/fresh-pages/the-mairuth-sarsfield-mentorship-program-for-underrepresented-writers/


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To Apply FOR a Mentor
Emerging writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, and young adult fiction or non-fiction are invited to apply to be mentored by an established author over a period of four months (approximately March 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021). You should also be available for a public reading in Montreal in June. There is a $25 CAD non-refundable submission fee.


To apply for the mentorship program, prepare the document described below and submit. Be prepared to pay the submission fee by credit card or PayPal.

Your application must include the following two components combined into a single WORD document that does NOT have your name or other identifying material anywhere in it (don’t worry—we will receive your name and contact information):
 

  1. a one-page pitch telling which genre you are applying in, where you are in your development as a writer, and how your writing will benefit from a mentor’s guidance; 
  2. an eight- to ten-page sample, double-spaced if prose, from the project you wish to work on. No more than ten pages will be forwarded to the jury. Do not put your name on this document

 Please also be sure to use the checkbox to indicate which genre you are writing in. You may check more than one genre.

If you cannot submit online, you may mail a copy of the document described above, along with your contact information on a separate sheet, and a $35 CAD cheque made out to “QWF” to:

QWF Mentorship Program
Quebec Writers’ Federation
1200 Atwater Ave., Room 3
Westmount, QC H3Z 1X4

All submissions MUST BE DELIVERED TO QWF by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

All applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by the second week of January 2021.

For more information:
Telephone: (514) 933-0878 ● info@qwf.org

Call for Applications for the 2021 CBC/QWF Digital Writer-in-Residence

The deadline for applications is December 22, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. 

 
CBC Montreal and the Quebec Writers' Federation are now taking submissions for the 2021 Digital Writers-in-Residence program.

This opportunity is open to all residents of Quebec. We are looking for a broad range of perspectives from new, up-and-coming voices so we will be selecting three writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

If you have a unique point of view and a fresh way of presenting it, we invite you to apply. You do not have to be a published writer.


How to apply
To apply, writers should attach a 600 word non-fiction personal essay (in English) based on the theme of “light and dark.” Essays must be previously unpublished.

The theme can be broadly interpreted. Submissions should be lively and should explore the theme in new, unexpected ways. For example, writers could touch on any of the following areas:

  • Natural change seasons
  • Environment
  • Physical forces
  • Human Interest
  • Personal struggle
  • Metaphorical meaning

The deadline for submissions is December 22, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. 

The three winners will be announced in January 2021. 

Essays will appear on cbc.ca/montreal in early 2021.
 

Three winners will receive:

  • Dedicated time with a CBC editor to fine-tune their story for publication on cbc.ca/montreal.
  • $250 as a contributor when their story is published (early 2021).
  • Annual membership to QWF or equivalent toward QWF workshop.

Now in its sixth year, the residency is an opportunity to give up-and-coming writers a voice on our cbc.ca/montreal website and increase their profile in the community. Past winners include Monique Polak, Sarah Lolley, Joshua Levy, Emira Tufo, and K.B Thors.

 

Quebec Writers' Federation