Emerging Writers' and Illustrators' Mentorships

Each year the ASA runs a selective mentorship program for unpublished writers and book illustrators. Authors writing a new genre may also be eligible to apply.

The mentorship program aims to give successful applicants the chance to develop their work-in-progress to a publishable standard, by working with a mentor of their choice. In 2012-2013, mentorees will have the opportunity to work with their mentor for 25 hours over one year, with additional follow-up support available following the conclusion of the program. Highly commended applicants will receive a two-hour phone consultation as well as admission to up to two ASA Professional Development programs. Applicants are selected for the program based on the literary merit of their applications. Before you prepare you application, read the Mentorship Frequently Asked Questions, which can be accessed below.

The Annual Mentorship Program is supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Key dates for 2014-2015 Mentorship Program

Chat Room: Preparing your ASA mentorship application (free online event for ASA members)
Guidelines available: September 2014
Applications open: 6 October 2014
Applications close: 31 October 2014
Results announced: December 2014

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

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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