The 2020 QWF Mentorship Program: Call for Applications from Quebec English-language Writers

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Posted on: 9 September, 2019

Category: Calls for Submissions, QWF Mentorship, QWF Programs

Deadline: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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, 2020.

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 $22 USD* non-refundable application fee.

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.

*Our online submissions software is US-based.

To Apply:

  • For more information, and to apply FOR a mentor, see here.
  • For more information, and to apply TO BE a mentor, see here.

Fresh Pages: The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship

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.


The Quebec Writers’ Federation gratefully acknowledges the assistance of