on 05 May, 2015

The Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Affirm Press and Varuna the National Writers House are thrilled to announce an astounding new award for writers, The Affirm Press Mentorship Award. This new creative partnership offers up to four writers developing exceptional new work the opportunity to work with the Affirm Press publishing team while in residence at Varuna in the Blue Mountains NSW.

Affirm Press publishers will select the four writers to receive the award.

Affirm Press Publisher Aviva Tuffield says, “The Affirm Press Mentorship Award is about creating new opportunities for Australian writers of literary fiction and non-fiction, developing high-quality new Australian literary works that will enrich our literary culture, and forging new professional relationships between writers and Affirm Press.”

The aim of the Mentorship is to help writers get their manuscript to a publishable standard and – if the process is successful – ultimately for Affirm Press to publish the work. By its very nature a development program like this cannot come with a guarantee of publication, but Affirm Press will choose each of the manuscripts because they believe it has the potential to become a publishable work of literary value.

A wonderful aspect of the program is that it will be done residentially at Varuna, the National Writers House, an environment well known for being supportive of the writing process and the development of Australian literature.

The residency week will be held from Monday 12 October until Sunday, 18 October 2015 and the prize includes full board and accommodation including your own room and writing studio.

Applications open online 1 May 2015 and close midnight 15 June 2015.

Click here for information including how to apply.