The 2021 QWF Mentorship Program & Fresh Pages Initiative

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Posted on: 15 October, 2020

Category: Applications, Fresh Pages, QWF Mentorship, QWF News, QWF Programs

This post pertains to two programs:

  • The 2021 QWF Mentorship Program (for which writers can apply FOR a mentor, or to BE a mentor), and
  • The 2021 QWF Fresh Pages Initiative (for which BIPOC writers can apply for the Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship Program (fiction), the Words & Music Show Guest Curatorship, and the carte blanche Guest Editorship (non-fiction), and for QWF Workshop scholarships)

The deadline to apply for all programs has been extended to

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. EST

The 2021 QWF Mentorship Program:

Call for Applications from Quebec English-language Writers

The 2021 QWF Mentorship 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, 2021.

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 $25 CAD 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.

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.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation gratefully acknowledges the assistance of:


The 2021 QWF Fresh Pages Initiative

Call for Applications from Quebec English-language BIPOC Writers

The Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Fresh Pages Initiative is back for another year with 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. Our 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.

The program consists of the following components:

  • The 2021 Mairuth Sarsfield mentorship is designed to help aspiring writers and playwrights to develop their literary writing. In 2021, the mentorship will go to a qualifying* writer who has already demonstrated an interest in literary writing and who has a work of fiction in progress that they would like to develop. (Other genres will be addressed in subsequent years.) More information
  • Guest curatorship for a qualifying* writer or literary performer of the Words & Music Show. More information
  • Guest editorship for a qualifying* writer in non-fiction for the winter issue of QWF’s literary journal, carte blanche. (Other genres will be addressed in subsequent years.) More information
  • Four writing workshop scholarships are open to qualifying* writers and playwrights who have not previously enrolled in a QWF workshop. The recipients of the scholarship will be entitled to participate in an online fall workshop of their choosing free of charge. A small bursary will also be available to help offset costs (for example, for childcare services or equipment), and those who receive scholarships will also receive a free one-year membership in QWF.** More information

*For the purpose of this initiative, a “qualifying” candidate indicates one who is Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour.

**Uniquely, the deadline to apply for the Fresh Pages Scholarships is up to one week before the start date of the workshop, as long as the scholarships are still available. However, we encourage you to apply early, as only four scholarships are available, and qualifying candidates will be accepted in the order we receive their applications.

Contact: Lori Schubert, or call 514-933-0878