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StoryNet Mentorship Program for Non-Fiction Writers: Call for Applications

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--March 5, 2012.


StoryNet Mentorship Program
for Non-Fiction Writers

DEADLINE: March 26, 2012

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is accepting applications from English-language writers across Quebec who would like to participate in a new mentorship program designed to encourage new and emerging voices in Canadian literary non-fiction.

Successful candidates will be invited to develop their craft by writing and polishing two short- to medium-length (1,200-2,400 word) pieces under the guidance of an accomplished professional author.

Program Mentors:

Adam Leith Gollner
Elaine Kalman Naves
Joel Yanofsky

Participants who complete the program will have the opportunity to see their works published in Quebec Heritage News magazine between September 2012 and March 31, 2013.

Registration for the StoryNet mentorship program is free but only six spaces are available. These will be reserved for applicants showing a fresh and original style matched with insight into, and understanding of, an engaging subject or subjects.

How to Apply

Submissions may be made online at or submitted in hard copy (4 copies of everything) to:

StoryNet Mentorship Program
Quebec Writers’ Federation
1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3
Westmount, QC H3Z 1X4

If you are mailing in your submission, be sure to include your name, email address and telephone number (the online form will request this information as well). All applications must contain the following:

• A brief cover letter introducing yourself and explaining why you’d like to work with a mentor. For online submissions, this text will need to be cut and pasted into the “cover letter” field on the submission website;
• A separate document, double-spaced, in two sections: 1) five pages of an unpublished writing sample – non-fiction or fiction – to demonstrate your writing style to the jury; 2) one page outlining one or more specific story ideas you would like to work on with your mentor for publication in Quebec Heritage News. Your idea(s) should touch on some aspect of the history and heritage of Quebec, but can take many forms. For example:

o Stories of local or neighbourhood history, conveyed in a fresh manner; a personal angle is preferable to a detached, academic approach.
o Family history, brought to life with colourful writing and a critical perspective.
o Thoughtful and observant accounts of travel within the province or other encounters that have led to reflection.
o Reviews of museums or exhibitions, particularly if they involve a flair for description and personal insight.

In all cases, stories should appeal to a broad readership without sacrificing erudition. Humour is always welcome.

If you are submitting online, this second document must be uploaded as a text document (no pdfs) at the submission web site.


Successful applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by the end of April 2012 and the mentorship will begin in May. It may continue for up to six months. Selected writers will receive approximately 15 hours of feedback from their mentor—about 7 ½ hours on each of two articles.

Quebec Heritage News magazine is published by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), which gratefully acknowledges the support of the Development of Official-Languages Support Programs Branch, Department of Canadian Heritage, which made this project possible.

For more information:
Telephone: (514) 933-0878 ●