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Heyman Mentorship Award

Date: Wed July 20 2022 9:00 am to Tue September 20 2022 5:00 pm

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Acclaimed author Kathryn Heyman, founder of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, has once more partnered with publisher Catherine Milne of HarperCollins to offer the 2022 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 up to twelve months. At the conclusion of the mentoring program, the writer will receive a full read of their manuscript, with the first option to publish, and a full editorial report from HarperCollins.  

The award is for a writer of fiction or non-fiction over the age of twenty-six. However, the writer should be working on a full-length work of prose which engages in some way with issues of class and economic disadvantage.  

Heyman Mentorship Award Guidelines
Guidelines:
  • This award is for a writer of fiction or non-fiction. However, the writer should be working on a full length work of prose that engages with issues of class and economic disadvantage.  
  • Mentorship meetings will take place in Sydney or online.
  • At the conclusion of the mentorship, the writer will have up to one year to complete the manuscript before submitting it to HarperCollins, who will then provide a full read and editorial report.
  • HarperCollins makes no commitment to publish the work resulting from the mentorship but will have the right of first offer.

Applications open on the 20th July and close at 3pm on September 20th.

How to apply:

Applications should be sent to India Tarasin, Program Manager of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program at admin@writermentors.com

Applications are by email with one single attachment made up of:

  • 1 – 3 page summary of your background as it pertains to the award. This might include things such where you grew up, how your schooling was, whether you were able to finish school, whether you were able to go to university.
  • Outline (one page maximum) of the work you want to write during the mentorship and how the mentorship would help you.
  • Three-thousand-word excerpt of work in progress.
  • Your CV.

For more information, visit the Australian Writers Mentoring Program website.

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