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Affirm Press/Varuna Mentorship Award

Held in partnership with Affirm Press, these publishing intensive mentorships at Varuna provide a unique opportunity for up to four writers developing exceptional new work.

For the 2020 Mentorship Award, Affirm Press is looking for YA manuscripts and middle-grade fiction (10+) with sci-fi and fantasy themes.

Affirm Press Publishers will choose each of the manuscripts because they believe it has the potential to become a publishable work of literary value, but does not come with a guarantee of publication.

The residency includes manuscript feedback and meetings with Affirm Press editorial staff, independent writing time in your own private writing studio, accommodation and meals. Affirm Press editors live with the writers at Varuna, and meet with each writer at the beginning and end of the week to discuss your project. Evenings offer the opportunity to meet with other writers and the Affirm editors over dinner to chat about publishing and writing.

To apply, you will need to submit between 7,000 and 10,000 words from the beginning of your manuscript, along with a synopsis of the entire work.

Fees: $60 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $30. Successful applications will be asked to make a contribution of $385 towards the residency and meet own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300.

Applications close Wednesday 29 April 2020.

If successful, you will be required to take your residency between Monday November 2 and Sunday November 8 2020.

For more information, please visit Varuna’s website.

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