KYD Mentors Program

Kill Your Darlings is delighted to launch the 2019 Mentors Program, 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 now apply to work with Benjamin Law, Bri Lee, Danielle Binks or Rebecca Starford 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 June and finish in November 2019.

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.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION (MS Word format)

Applications are now open and close Tuesday, 23 April 2019. Applications will be finalised by 30 April.

Please send your application to: [email protected]. 

Cost: $3299 

This figure is paid in three instalments:
$299 deposit to secure your booking
$1500 due by 18 May
$1500 due 3 June

KYD Members receive a 5% discount:

$299 deposit to secure your booking
$1500 due 18 May
$1336 due 3 June

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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