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Call for Applications from Quebec English-language Writers

DEADLINE: November 20, 2017

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 $20 USD* 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, 2018.

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 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 February 1, 2018-May 31, 2018). You should also be available for a public reading in the first half of June. There is a $20 USD* non-refundable submission fee.

To apply for the mentorship program, prepare the document described below. Please 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;  [please add genre selection menu to the submission form: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, young adult.]

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.

If for some reason 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:

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

All hard copy submissions MUST BE IN THE QWF OFFICE by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 20, 2017.

All applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by the second week of January 2018.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation gratefully acknowledges the assistance of:

Canada Council for the Arts  Conseil des arts du Canada Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec

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

*Our online submissions software is US-based.

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