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UQP launches new writing mentorship
Posted 12.03.2020

UQP launches new writing mentorship

The University of Queensland Press and the university’s School of Communications and Arts are launching a mentorship to foster student writing and potentially identify works for publication.

The annual UQP Writing Mentorship will be open to postgraduate writing students at The University of Queensland, with the successful applicant receiving a written manuscript appraisal from a UQP editor as well as one-on-one mentoring.

Writing students will benefit from UQP’s industry expertise as they work to complete or polish a manuscript.

UQP Director Ben James said, ‘the UQP Writing Mentorship advances our strong commitment to Australia’s emerging writers. The entire UQP team is delighted to join with aspiring authors in an innovative, new program to share knowledge, nurture creativity and develop culturally important stories.’

The director of the UQ Masters of Writing, Editing and Publishing program, Dr Richard Newsome, said, ‘the writing programs at UQ offer our students so many specialised opportunities to build their skills. The mentorship with UQP is a unique prospect for a writer at the very start of their career to work closely with an industry-leading publisher to improve their craft. It’s a really exciting concept.’

Applications for the mentorship open on 1 May 2020 to:

  • all current UQ postgraduate students enrolled in the Writing, Editing and Publishing program, or those who graduated in 2019.
  • all current UQ students undertaking a MPhil or PhD in Creative Writing.

Applicants will need to submit at least 10,000 words from a partial or complete manuscript in any category consistent with UQP’s publishing list.

The successful applicant will be announced on 16 November 2020.