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 mentors over a six-month period. Applications for the latest round of the program are now closed.

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 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.

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, at which time a KYD team member will be in touch to arrange payment.


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

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