National Mentoring Programme 2018

Call for Mentees

2018 Selection Process

Applications for 2018 are now closed. Judges this year are Mia Gallagher for fiction/non-fiction; Kim Harte from Children’s Books Ireland for children’s/YA writing; and Paul Lenehan and Elizabeth Mohen from Poetry Ireland for poetry. Selected mentees will be announced in early October 2018, and mentorships will get underway shortly after.


Details on the National Mentoring Programme

Further to the success of the Words Ireland’s inaugural National Mentoring Programme in 2017, Words Ireland is delighted to offer more mentorship opportunities in 2018.

Words Ireland is initiating 20 literature mentoring relationships to begin in September 2018. Words Ireland is seeking writers of

– literary fiction,
– creative non-fiction,
– children’s / YA fiction,
– poetry

There is a minimum of 5 mentoring opportunities open to writers resident in any county in Ireland, north or south of the border. An additional 15 mentorships are offered by Words Ireland in partnership with the below 12 local Arts Offices and library services. These county-specific opportunities will guarantee mentoring to a writer who was born in, or is resident for the last two consecutive years, in any of the following local authority areas:

  1. Carlow Arts Office
  2. Clare Arts Office
  3. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office & Library Service
  4. Fingal Arts Office x 2
  5. Galway City Arts Office
  6. Leitrim Arts Office
  7. Kildare Arts Service x 2
  8. Kilkenny Arts Office
  9. Limerick Arts Office
  10. Mayo Arts Office
  11. South Dublin Arts Office x 2
  12. Wexford Arts Office

If you were born or currently live in any of these counties, be sure to tick select one in the drop down in your application on Submittable.

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.

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 book publications who propose to work 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.

How to Apply

Applications are free. Applicants are asked to submit the following information through Submittable:

– A statement of outlining what project you will focus on during the mentoring process.

– A writing CV listing any previous publications, writing experience, awards or recognition, creative writing classes or mentoring.

– 2,500–5,000 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 – both those for the all-county opportunities and the ten county-specific opportunities – should be made through this single application process by

the deadline: Thursday 23rd August 2018.