The 2021 QWF Mentorship Program

Applications for the 2021 QWF Mentorship Program are now closed. Please see below for information on eligibility and updates.

If you are a writer who is Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour, you may be eligible for The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship. The call for applications for 2021 is now closed, and the successful candidate will be announced in early 2021.

Please scroll down to see the selected Mentors and Mentees from the 2020 QWF Mentorship Program.

Mentorship pairs at the 2019 reading (clockwise from back left):
Joanne Latimer, Anna Leventhal, Raquel Rivera, Gerald Wexler, Ashley Duong, Heather Leighton, Anya Leibovitch and Shelagh Plunkett. Not pictured: Shannon Webb-Campbell & Claudia Janampa Huamán (poetry), and Daniel Canty & Carla Stewart (fiction).

The QWF Mentorship program is designed to help promising emerging writers make the transition to the next stage of their careers. Both mentors and mentees are selected by an independent jury.

Over a period of four months (February to May), each mentee gets one-on-one guidance and support from a professional writing mentor. At the end of the mentorship period, there is a public reading at which the mentees present their work-in-progress.

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. Mentees are expected to commit a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per month to the program.


  • Call for applications: October 2020
  • Deadline for applications: November 8, 2020
  • Notification of results: December 2020 (for mentors), January 2021 (for mentees)
  • Mentorship period: Approximately four months (between February and June 2021)

The Fresh Pages Initiative: The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the call for applications for the inaugural Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship. The mentorship, which is a component of QWF’s “Fresh Pages” initiative, is designed to help an aspiring writer or playwright who is Indigenous, Black or a person of colour to develop their literary writing.

The mentorship will go to a Quebec-based poet who has already demonstrated an interest in literary writing and who has at least ten poems completed or in progress (Other genres will be addressed in subsequent years, should funding allow.) The selected writer will work with their mentor over the course of four months (February through May, 2021 and participate in a public reading in June 2021. More information here

2020 Program Pairings

April Ford mentored Lukas Rowland
Robert Sandiford mentored Michael Foy

Ian McGillis mentored Carolyn McPherson

Mark Abley mentored Andrew Middleton

Young Adult Fiction
Sue MacLeod mentored Maureen Marovitch
Lori Weber mentored Lea Beddia

2020 Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship Program – Poetry
Gillian Sze mentored Faith Paré

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