In an ideal world we would offer a mentor to every writer who needed and wanted one. Of course this isn’t realistic so instead we’ve tried to ensure the application process is as easy as possible while also guaranteeing our mentors have enough information with which to make their selection.

How to apply

  1. 1000 word sample of your writing
  2. 500 word statement, specifying why you would benefit from free mentoring
  3. Your full contact details
  • Please cut and paste all of this information into the body of the email and ensure they are clearly titled as ‘writing sample’ ‘statement’ and ‘contact details’.
  • The subject line of your email should contain the name of mentor you are applying for mentoring with i.e. ‘Sally Briggs’ if you were applying for a mentor called Sally Briggs.
  • It is really important to the project’s success that you only have one application active for one mentor at a time – the emails will be monitored.
  • Your email application, along with any others received, will be forwarded to the mentor for review
  • If you are successful your mentor will get in touch personally to discuss moving forward
  • If you haven’t heard from the mentor you applied to within three months then, unfortunately, your application has not been successful and you can apply for another mentor
  • If you are unsuccessful you’ll be eligible to apply for another mentor.


  • As we have limited resources applications that don’t follow the guidelines above will automatically be disqualified. We have tried to keep them as simple as possible so please (please, please, please etc.) do follow them.
  • Choose the mentor you want to apply for carefully. Although all mentor profiles have biographies we strongly recommend also doing some research on your prospective mentor and reading/familiarising yourself with some of their writing or work before you apply to ensure the best ‘fit’.
  • The application system isn’t first come first served so do take time and care with your writing sample and statement. Give yourself the best chance by making your application as polished as possible.
  • Your 500 word statement is incredibly important and should explain exactly why you need free mentoring (i.e. why you are unable to access paid opportunities) and how having a mentor will benefit you. A good statement could be the difference between being successful or not!

How to become a mentor

If you would like to become a mentor on the project please email: