Inclusion Matters is a new fellowship and mentoring project at the Centre for Stories for emerging writers funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. There are two streams – Mentoring and the Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowships. Both are open for writers that wish to improve their craft, to work in a supportive community, and who have projects that would benefit from feedback. Both programs are designed for people living in Western Australia who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse.
“[Ways of Being Here] was my first ever publication and it was a life changing experience. Through this publication I was exposed to numerous other opportunities that would have been otherwise impossible…The project enabled me to improve my writing skills and I learned a lot about the publishing industry. Most importantly, I gained self-confidence and an increased belief that I can make my dream of publication a reality.”
—Yuot Alaak, Ways of Being Here mentoring project at Centre for Stories.
“My expectations were both met and exceeded. In the five months I was mentored by Elizabeth Tan, I’ve learnt and grown so much both in my writing craft and in my awareness about the industry. Elizabeth was so humble and easy to work with, providing me feedback and guidance in a respectful way, alleviating my initial anxiety about being critiqued on my work.”
—Raihanaty A Jalil, Indian Ocean mentoring project at Centre for Stories.
“After the conclusion of my mentorship, I went on to win a national writing prize as well as several state prizes. Since working with CFS during Ways of Being Here I have been published locally and nationally, and I am currently completing my first novel, a feat that would not have been possible without the skills gained through the mentorship and the ongoing support of the Centre.”
—Rafeif Ismail, Ways of Being Here mentoring project at Centre for Stories.
For writers in the mentoring stream, you will be paired with an established writer over a period of 12 months to produce a body of work in poetry, prose, or non-fiction. This will allow you to create new work, and, is designed for people that are yet to come through a mentoring project with the Centre for Stories. During your mentorship you will be able to attend networking events, workshops on writing and publishing offered by the Centre, meet fellow writers, and be assisted in submitting to journals, competitions and prizes.
To apply for the mentoring stream, you are required to submit a short story of 1500 words or less, 8 poems, or 10 A4 pages of writing. Please include a 200 word biography, and, a 300 word statement on what you wish to achieve through this project.
Download the Centre for Stories Mentoring Project Guidelines
Submissions close at 5pm on 6 July 2019
Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowships
The Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellows will be supported by Centre for Stories staff over a ten-week period. They will receive a stipend of $1000, have the opportunity to attend events and workshops, be profiled on the Centre’s website, have your work shared at Centre for Stories events, attend networking events and interact with other writers. You will be able to work in our space to complete an earlier project, or, to build on your previous writing abilities.
To be eligible for this, you must have completed an earlier mentoring project with the Centre for Stories, or, have a body of writing behind you in the form of previous publications or completed drafts. To apply for this, you are required to submit a short story (or stories) of at least 3000 words, 14 poems, or 15 A4 pages of writing. Please include a 200 word biography, and a 300 word statement on what you wish to achieve through this project.
Download the Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowship Guidelines
Submissions close at 5pm on 6 July 2019
Submissions for the Mentoring Project are now open and close at 5pm on 6 July 2019. This is the first and final round of submissions.
Download the Centre for Stories Mentoring Project Guidelines here
Submissions for the Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowships will have two rounds. Round One is now open and will close at 5pm on 6 July 2019. The Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowships will commence for a ten-week period between July of 2019 and September 2019.
Round Two of the Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowships will open on 12 August 2019. We will not be accepting submissions for Round Two of the Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowships until 12 August 2019.
Download the Inclusion Matters submission form here
Please submit your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title ‘Mentoring’ or ‘Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowship’. Please direct any further inquiries about the Mentoring Project and Centre for Stories Hot Desk Fellowships to the email address above.