Text publishing and Writing NSW are delighted to announce the 2022 Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship is open for entries. Designed to discover, support and nurture Indigenous voices within Australian literature, the prize will pair an emerging Indigenous writer from anywhere in Australia with a senior Indigenous writer for a structured year-long mentorship.
The successful applicant will recieve 20 hours of mentorship over the course of a year with feedback and general advice on their works in progress and how to build a publishing career provided.
At the conclusion of the mentorship, Text Publishing will have the exclusive first right to consider the winning manuscript for publication, under terms to be negotiated with the writer. in order to submit an entry, writers are not required to provide a full manuscript, though substantial progress on the manuscript with intention to complete is necessary.
The submission must be a work of fiction or narrative non-fiction for adults, kids or young adults.
Tara June Winch, inaugural Boundless judge and mentor says, “the opportunity to work with a master is not only significant for the emerging writer, but also for the mentoring author. The process they undergo is as old and sacred as our culture, the handing down of the skills and tools needed to one day be passed down again and again. Being able to teach and to learn in such a close and guided fellowship is a once in a career moment.”
The mentorship is open to emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers who are permanent residents of Australia and over 18 years old.