Words Ireland is initiating 20 literature mentoring relationships to begin in September/October 2019. Closing date for applications is 31 July. The opportunity is open to emerging / emerged writers of: 

  • literary fiction 
  • creative non-fiction 
  • children’s / YA fiction
  • poetry 

This opportunity is open to:

  • Writers who have published one or two books and who feel they could benefit from professional guidance and feedback on their work-in-progress. 
  • Emerging writers who can demonstrate a strong commitment to writing e.g. journal publications, awards, significant training/courses undertaken or other forms of recognition from the literature sector.
  • Writers with multiple publications who are working in a writing form in which they have yet to publish a book.

Mentoring consists of four meetings with an experienced writer over a period of up to eight months. The mentor will read your work in advance of each meeting, and feedback and advise at each meeting. They may also provide information and advice on professional and publishing matters. 

5 mentoring opportunities are open to writers resident in ANY county in Ireland, north or south of the border. The other 15 opportunities are offered in partnership with the below local Arts Offices and library services, guaranteeing mentoring to a writer who was born, or is resident for the last two consecutive years, in these local authority areas:

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office & Library Service

Fingal Arts Office x 2 mentorships

Galway City Arts Office

Kildare Arts Service x 2 mentorships

Kilkenny Arts Office   

Leitrim Arts Office

Limerick Arts Office   

Mayo Arts Office

Roscommon Arts Centre

South Dublin Arts Office x 2 Mentorships

Wexford Arts Office 

Wicklow Arts Office

If you were born or currently live in any of these counties, be sure to select one in the drop down in your application on Submittable. Proof of residency / birth is only checked with successful applicants. 

Mentee opportunities are open to writers of any age, race, gender, nationality who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Mentees will avail of the relationship for free. There is no fee for application.

To apply, applicants are asked to submit the following information through Submittable:

  • Details of what writing you will work on during the mentoring process.
  • A writing CV listing any previous publications, writing experience, awards or recognition, creative writing classes or mentoring.
  • 2,500–4,000 words of fiction, non-fiction or YA OR 4 poems/180 lines of poetry OR writers for young children can submit a lower word count that is appropriate to their writing project. 

Only one submission per applicant is allowed. Applications for mentees will only be accepted through Submittable. All applications – those for the all-county opportunities and the county-specific opportunities – should be made through this single application process by midnight on the closing date.

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