KYD Mentors Program — Kill Your Darlings

KYD Mentors Program


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 Claire G. Coleman, Carly Findlay, Leanne Hall, Graeme Simsion, Rebecca Starford, or Fiona Wright over a six-month period. 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, phone or in-person over the six-month period. Mentorships will begin in February and finish in July 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 now open. You can download the application form here. Please return it to [email protected] by the deadline of midnight (AEST) 17 November 2019.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in late November.

Cost: $3299 

This figure is paid in three instalments:
$299 deposit to secure your booking
$1500 due by 6 December
$1500 due 3 February 2020

KYD Members receive a 5% discount:

$299 deposit to secure your booking
$1500 due 6 December
$1336 due 3 February 2020

Note: KYD, a publication dedicated to supporting new and emerging writers, 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.

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