Words Ireland and Wicklow Arts Call for Mentees 2018

Call for Mentees

Further to the success of the Words Ireland/ Wicklow Arts mentoring scheme initiated in 2015, and now in its third year, Words Ireland is delighted to offer three new mentorship opportunities in 2018. The scheme is open to Wicklow writers who are seeking to engage with a mentor over a period of six months from February 2018 and is open to writers in any fiction genre or form: young adult and children’s books, short stories, playwriting, screenwriting, novels or poetry. The mentorships will focus on manuscript or collection development in the main, but may include other aspects in the professional development of the writer.


Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must have been born or be resident in County Wicklow for the last two consecutive years. The applicant will ideally have poems or short stories published in recognised journals or magazines (print or online), or a book of fiction, or a collection of poetry or short stories published by a recognised publisher. While applications are welcomed in all fiction forms and genres, we are prioritising applications from writers working in the following three areas:  a) Novels/short stories b) Poetry c) Children’s and YA fiction.

Who is not eligible to apply?
Writers of non‐fiction work such as local history may not apply for the scheme. Writers who are just beginning to write and/or have not published in a journal or magazine.

Engagement period:
The mentoring process will be negotiated individually between the mentor and mentee during the February to July period. The scheme offers four sessions of two hours each between mentor and mentee. Each pairing will be supported by one of the three producing organisations, namely the Irish Writers Centre, Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland.

Mentee contribution:
The successful mentee are requested to contribute €100 to help offset costs and to demonstrate seriousness of intent.

How to apply:
Applications are accepted by email only to info@wordsireland.ie

Please include:

  1. A cover letter including your personal details and statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the mentoring period and what you will gain from the mentoring process
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  3. Clearly labelled samples of recent work (approx. 10 pages of fiction plus synopsis, or 4 ‐ 6 poems).
  4. A short indication (no more than 500 words) as to why you wish to partake in the scheme and how it would benefit your artistic practice.
  5. A line to confirm your willingness to contribute €100 to engage in the scheme.


Applications will be assessed on the following basis:

  • Artistic merit
  • Track record of applicant
  • Benefit to the applicant’s practice
  • Adherence to the conditions and guidelines for application

Application deadline:
The deadline has been extended to Monday 5 February, 2018 at 5pm. Please ensure that your complete application is attached in a single document. No late applications will be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt.

Selection process:
Applications will go before a selection committee comprising of a representative from each of the producing organisations and a representative from Wicklow County Arts Office. The successful applicants will be notified by Friday 23 February, 2018.


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