The KYD Mentors Program is a unique, comprehensive and structured editorial mentorship program designed to support early-career writers in the development of a long-form work of fiction or non-fiction.

Writers across Australia can apply to work with the following mentors over a six-month period. 

•  Ruby Hamad
•  Rebecca Lim
•  Jennifer Mills
•  Sisonke Msimang
•  Heather Rose
•  Jeff Sparrow

A mentorship consists of close reading and reporting on your work in progress (10–12,000 words at a time, totalling up to 60,000 words), along with five consultations over Skype or on the phone over the six-month period. Mentorships will begin in July and finish in November 2020.

Our mentors are experienced, award-winning writers, editors and teachers, with valuable insights into both the publishing industry and the creative regime required to craft a long-form manuscript.

Read more about our mentors here.

Applications are open now and will close on 10 May 2020. Download an application form here.

KYD Members receive a 5% discount on your booking – that’s a saving of $160!

Cost: $3299 

$299 deposit to secure your booking
$1500 due by 25 May 2020
$1500 due 25 June 2020

KYD Members (at the time of application) receive a 5% discount:

$299 deposit to secure your booking
$1500 due 25 May 2020
$1336 due 25 June 2020

Note: KYD is a publication dedicated to supporting new and emerging writers. We will only accept applications if we believe a writer will genuinely benefit from the program and the mentor nominated. Only a limited number of applicants will be successful in each round based on mentors’ capacity. No payment is required until you are notified that your application has been successful, at which time a KYD team member will be in touch to arrange payment.