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ASA Writers & Illustrator Mentorship Program

Date: Sun January 31 2021 12:00 am to Sun January 31 2021 11:59 pm

The 2021 Award Mentorship Program for Writers and Illustrators supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

Thanks to a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, we are able to offer a new mentorship program for writers and illustrators, to help you develop your work to a publishable standard.

Now into its third year, a team of experts will assess all submissions and award the following free mentorship packages to 20 winners each year:

  • 20 hours of mentoring with an ASA mentor
  • Participation in a Paths to Publishing program designed to help you establish yourself as a small business and acquire sufficient industry knowledge to navigate your way through the submission and contract process.
  • Free ASA membership for 12 months (an extension of membership if you are already a member)
  • Free ticket to Literary Speed Dating

The 5 highly commended will receive:

  • A free two-hour phone consultation with an experienced mentor based on the first ten pages of your manuscript or portfolio
  • Participation in the Paths to Publishing Program

Entries will be accepted in the following genres for writers: fiction (both literary and genre), narrative non-fiction (including autobiography/memoir, essays and histories), journalism, poetry, illustrated and lifestyle non-fiction, young adult literature and children’s writing for all ages.

Illustrator entries will be accepted for children’s picture books and graphic novels.

Successful applicants will work closely with a mentor selected from the ASA Mentors’ Register for 20 hours over one year.


For more information, visit the ASA website.

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