KYD Mentors Program

The KYD Mentors Program is a 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 mentor of their choice over a five-month period. Applications for the next round of mentorships, which will begin in February and end in June 2021, are now closed. Applications for mentorships from July-November 2021 will open in March. Stay tuned for more details! 

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 the phone over the five-month period.

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. A mentorship will leave you inspired, motivated and armed with lots of new skills. But don’t just take our word for it—check out the testimonials of previous mentees below!


I’ve been working on this novel for a number of years and kept hitting the same roadblocks, to the point where I felt a little helpless. Now, I have never been more confident that I will finish it. I feel like everything I’ve learned these past six months will be helpful not just with this story, but for many years to come.’
Caris Bizzaca

The mentorship has been a valuable investment, not just for my manuscript, but for me too. I feel I’ve gained greater insight into myself as a writer, my self-editing processes and why I’d formed certain habits with my work.’
Jasmin Taylor

This editorial mentorship gave me the extra motivation I needed to complete the latest draft of my manuscript. I found my mentor’s wisdom extremely valuable, particularly her advice on the path to publication as well as her detailed notes on my manuscript. At the end of the mentorship, I felt really positive about my novel for the first time since finishing the first draft and I have a renewed confidence in my writing ability.’
Julia Faragher


Read more about the mentors for the February–June 2021 round here.

Cost: $3299

$299 deposit to secure your booking
$1500 first instalment
$1500 second instalment

KYD Members (at the time of application) receive a $50 discount.

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 (writers will be notified in late November), at which time a KYD team member will be in touch to arrange payment.

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