Free Mentoring for Queer Writers

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Deadline: 29 January 2018

A development opportunity for writers where queerness isn't a hurdle to clear, but the qualifying factor.

In 2018, four literary professionals will be paired with emerging writers who identify as queer, are based in Scotland and could benefit from mentoring and advice at the early stages of their career.

Not all LGBTQIA+ writers feel confident applying for creative support, because often in the process queerness has to be explained and how it informs our work. Queer Words Project Scotland hopes to address this by providing a development opportunity where queerness isn't a hurdle to clear, but the qualifying factor. They encourage writers with intersecting identities to apply.

Queer Words will be on the look-out for writers who are queer and of colour, writers who are queer and disabled, writers who are queer and neurodiverse, writers who are queer and working class. They also hope to see applications from writers who live outside the Scottish central belt, as queer experience can differ greatly between cities and rural areas. This is a project where difference isn't something to be overcome, but a quality to be celebrated.

To apply for a mentorship, send an email at queerwordsprojectscotland@gmail.com, including:

Full contact details
(address & phone)

A 300 word statement
(in the body of the email) 
This should specify why you're applying to this particular initiative and how you would benefit from mentoring.

A writing sample
(attached to the email, double spaced, format .doc or .docx)
A short story up to 3000 words
A short script (or excerpt) up to 10 pages
Up to 4 poems, no more than 150 lines in total.

The deadline for submissions is January 29th, 2018 at 17:00.

Mentors will choose their mentee from a shortlist, and if your application is successful, you'll hear back from us in March. Mentored writers will receive 2 in-person mentoring sessions between April and June and will produce a piece of writing to be included in the QWPS anthology, for which they will receive a fee of up to £300. The anthology will be published by 404 Ink, Spring 2019.

For more details on the project, including information on the mentors, please visit their website.

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact queerwordsprojectscotland@gmail.com (Ryan Vance / Michael Richardson).

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