Diaspora Dialogues is inviting emerging Canadian writers to apply to the organization’s Mentoring Program, a 6-month “writer’s residency” which helps writers hone their craft and learn about the manuscript submission process.
The committee will pair each writer with a professional mentor to work on the writer’s finished or work-in-progress book-length manuscript. The mentoring sessions will be conducted via email or post correspondence.
At the end of the mentoring program, the committee will consult with each participant to develop and expedite a strategy for manuscript submission. Diaspora Dialogues will use its connections with publishers, agents and editors to find a publication most ideal for the writer’s submission. Additionally, all writers will get relevant intros to publishers and agents who can further assist them.
To apply, writers must submit an original full-length novel or short story collection, up to 85K words, or a collection of poetry, up to 25 poems.
As part of the mentoring process, the mentor will receive part of the writer’s manuscript each month for critique and feedback. Because Diaspora Dialogues supports and honors the diverse voices of literature in Toronto, the writer’s work must be, wholly or partly, set in greater Toronto.
Apply by October 31, 2014. Full guidelines are here.
Diaspora Dialogues, a philanthropic organization launched in 2005, promotes the development and discussion of new fiction, verse and drama that echo the dynamic culture and arts of Canada.