Emerging Writers' and Illustrators' Mentorships

Each year the ASA runs a selective mentorship program for unpublished writers and picture book illustrators. Authors writing in a new genre may also be eligible to apply. Applications are accepted for works of fiction, literary non-fiction, young adult literature, poetry, graphic novels, children’s literature and picture book illustration.

The 2015-2016 program will support 12 mentorships funded by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, plus one additional mentorship – The Edel Wignell Mentorship – for a children’s writer. The Edel Wignell Mentorship is funded by the income from the collected works of acclaimed children’s author, Edel Wignell.

The mentorship program provides successful applicants with the chance to develop their manuscripts to a publishable standard, by working with a mentor of their choice. Mentorees will have the opportunity to work with their mentor for 25 hours over one year, with additional follow-up support available. Up to five highly commended applicants will receive a two-hour phone consultation as well as admission to up to two ASA Professional Development programs (some exclusions apply). Successful applicants are selected based on the literary merit of their submissions, as assessed by a panel of judges. With the exception of the Edel Wignall Mentorship, successful applicants may be selected from any genre.

Before preparing your application, read the Mentorship Frequently Asked Questions, which can be accessed below. Entry is free for ASA members, or $55 per entry for non-members.

The Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program is supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

All applicants should download and read mentorship Frequently Asked Questions below before submitting their application.

Important dates

Entries open: Friday 16 October 2015
Entries close: Monday 16 November 2015
Results announced: December 2015

Mentors' Register

Visit our paid mentorships page to download a list of available mentors from a range of categories.


The ASA also offers paid mentorships. Please see here for more information.


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