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AWP's mentorship program, Writer to Writer, matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. Mentors volunteer their time and receive a free one-year AWP membership. Writer to Writer is free of charge to mentees.

We take your interest in connecting with a mentor seriously. The Writer to Writer mentorship program is open to all AWP members, but we particularly encourage applications from those writers who have never been associated with an MFA program and those writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures that are too often underrepresented in the literary world.

We receive hundreds of applications each session, and are usually able to match around 25 mentee applicants--between 6–8% of those who apply. Our mentors are all established, published authors and volunteer their time for this program. When reviewing mentor applications, we look for responses that demonstrate an understanding of the special nature of a good mentor-mentee relationship, and that the applicant shows a willingness to be supportive, responsive, and receptive to learning from the experience. We also choose mentors after considering the specific needs present in the mentee applications that session. Most mentors say that they want to serve in this program because they had a mentor who helped them, and now they long to give back. Others say that they long to be the mentor they wish they'd had.

Mentors are each given several applications to review and ultimately choose their own mentee. They tend to choose mentees based on shared goals and interests, and whether they feel they can help that person at the stage they are in now. Our mentees come from all backgrounds and levels of experience. Be open and honest in your application. Be detailed. Give your prospective mentor as much information as you can about your goals and where you are now with your writing.

Should you be chosen to participate, your mentor will review your writing, listen to your concerns, and help you problem solve. You will have opportunities to interact with the others taking part in that session. AWP's membership team will also be there with you, every step of the way.

Our Spring 2020 session begins mid-February and will consist of six lightly structured modules over a three-month period, concluding mid-May. You and your mentor will make a commitment to the process—and to each other.

There is no charge to apply, and there is no fee for this program, but you must be an AWP member to take part.

Make a connection that can last a lifetime. Applications are welcome through January 17, 2020! 




AWP's mentorship program, Writer to Writer, matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. Mentors volunteer their time and receive a free one-year AWP membership. Writer to Writer is free of charge to mentees.

Our program is open to all AWP members. We receive between 300 and 400 mentee applications a season and 50–60 mentor applications. We are usually able to match 25 pairs. We choose mentors after considering the specific needs present in the mentee applications that session. When reviewing mentor applications, we are also looking for responses that demonstrate an understanding of the special nature of a good mentor-mentee relationship, and that the applicant shows a willingness to be supportive, responsive, and receptive to learning from the experience. Most mentors say that they want to serve in this program because they had a mentor who helped them, and now they long to give back. Others say that they long to be the mentor they wish they'd had. 

Should you be chosen to participate, you will be given several applications to review and select your own mentee. Mentors tend to choose mentees based on shared goals and interests, and whether they feel they can help that person at the stage they are in now. Our mentees come from all backgrounds and levels of experience, and we particularly encourage applications from those who have never been affiliated with an MFA program, and those writing from backgrounds, regions, and perspectives often underrepresented in the literary world. You will have opportunities to interact with the other mentors taking part in that session, and AWP's membership team will be there with you, every step of the way.

Our Spring 2020 session begins mid-February and will consist of six lightly structured modules over a three-month period, concluding mid-May. You and your partner will make a commitment to the process—and to each other. Together, you will decide whether phone, Skype, email, or a mix of communication styles would be the best way to complete the modules. Mentors agree to be available for a minimum of two hours per month by phone; you will be asked to respond to emails from your partner within two days. You need not strictly follow the program modules, but we ask that you and your mentor mutually agree before departing from them.

Please carefully consider what other commitments already exist on your schedule before applying as a mentor so you can give your mentee and the program meaningful attention. 


There is no charge to apply. Mentor applications can be submitted year-round.


The more detailed you are in your responses to the questionnaire that follows, the easier it will be for us to find great potential matches for you.

Thank you for wishing to serve as a Writer to Writer mentor!

Each year, AWP offers three annual scholarships to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, festival, retreat, or residency. The scholarships are applied to the event or workshop fees of the winners’ chosen program. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP. Visit our website more information and a list of past winners. 

Eligibility Requirements

Previous recipients of Kurt Brown Prizes (formerly known as WC&C scholarships), and former or current students of the judge are not eligible to submit.

Our judges this year are Angie Kim for fiction, Suzanne Farrell Smith for creative nonfiction, and Shikha Malaviya for poetry.

 Guidelines

  • Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified. 
  • For fiction, one short story (or novel excerpt) up to 25 pages will be considered. Fiction must be double-spaced and presented in manuscript form with 12-pt font.
  • For poetry, up to 10 pages will be considered. Each new poem must start on a new page.
  • For creative nonfiction, up to 25 pages will be considered.
  • You may enter in more than one genre, and you may also enter multiple manuscripts in one genre, provided that each submission is accompanied by its own entry fee.
  • Please send us your best unpublished work.
  • A $10 reading fee must accompany each submission.


Submissions

Submissions are accepted between December 3 and March 30. Submissions are only accepted online via Submittable. Mailed-in submissions will not be accepted nor returned.

Winners

All winners will be notified by email by May 15 and announced on AWP’s website and in the AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair program. Three winners will each receive a $500 scholarship to attend a WC&C member program. Winners have one year to use their prize, and funds are paid directly to the selected program. Member conferences reserve the right to determine participants in their programs; winning does not guarantee admittance to any program.


  $2,500 & publication by the University of Georgia Press

  Judge: Debra Monroe

  * Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* Acknowledgements should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* The Cover Letter field can contain this information, or anything else you choose.



PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED until March 3rd, midnight EST.

$2,500 & publication by the University of Georgia Press

  Judge: Debra Monroe

  * Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* Acknowledgements should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* The Cover Letter field can contain this information, or anything else you choose.





PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED until March 3rd, midnight EST.

$5,500 & publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press

  Judge: Natasha D. Trethewey

  * Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* Acknowledgements should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* The Cover Letter field can contain this information, or anything else you choose.




PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED until March 3rd, midnight EST.

$5,500 & publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press

  Judge: Natasha D. Trethewey

  * Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* Acknowledgements should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* The Cover Letter field can contain this information, or anything else you choose.





PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED until March 3rd, midnight EST.

$2,500 & publication by New Issues Press

  Judge: TBA

  * Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* Acknowledgements should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* The Cover Letter field can contain this information, or anything else you choose.





PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED until March 3rd, midnight EST.

$2,500 & publication by New Issues Press

  Judge: TBA

  * Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* Acknowledgements should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* The Cover Letter field can contain this information, or anything else you choose.





PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED until March 3rd, midnight EST.

$5,500 & publication by the University of Massachusetts Press

  Judge: Dan Chaon

  * Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* Acknowledgements should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* The Cover Letter field can contain this information, or anything else you choose.





PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED until March 3rd, midnight EST.

$5,500 and publication by the University of Massachusetts Press

  Judge: Dan Chaon

  * Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* Acknowledgements should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified.

* The Cover Letter field can contain this information, or anything else you choose.





The Editors read submissions to The Writer’s Notebook throughout the year. Please review these guidelines.

The Writer’s Notebook posts articles and essays on publishing, teaching, pedagogy, career advice, choosing an agent, or the best creative writing program or conference, as well as commentary on current literary affairs. Please note that The Writer’s Notebook section of our site now includes posts that were formally published separately as Career Advice pieces or as Online-Only Exclusives.

Posts should be 1,000 to 2,000 words with the exception of articles on pedagogy, our Online-Only Exclusives, which can run between 3,000 and 4,000 words. 

We occasionally commission an author to write a sequence of three to six blog posts. To propose a series of posts, please submit the complete first post via our Submittable portal. Your cover letter must include your proposal for extending the series, which should indicate how many posts the series will consist of, what topics they will cover, and an outline of the series.


In the Classroom’s teaching guides are devoted to a single essay or interview from a past issue of the Chronicle, and are intended to be a resource for teachers of any and all genres, backgrounds, and experience levels, at colleges and community centers, looking to make their classroom a more enriching, rewarding, and inclusive environment for all. Guides should be 500 – 700 words in length and should follow the template. The template can be downloaded from the submission guidelines page on the AWP website. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please send us an email at chronicle@awpwriter.org.

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