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2015 Mentorship Program

Mentors | Apprentices | Submission Guidelines | Deadline | How to Submit 

The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild mentorship program allows developing writers (the apprentices) to work in a supportive environment under the guidance of professional writers (the mentors). The mentor provides the apprentice with one-on-one instruction (not editorial services) in the craft of creative writing.

The program is open to writers in all genres and will be tailored to the apprentice's individual needs. The pairs will be in weekly contact and can communicate through E-mail, phone, and face-to-face meetings. When an apprentice and mentor do not live in the same community, at least one face-to-face meeting is required (to take place within the first two weeks of the program).

Because the focus of the program is on craft development, apprentices should not expect to have a completed manuscript by the end of the program (although that sometimes occurs). Also, because the program will focus on the apprentices' development of their craft, it's possible that apprentices may not produce a significant amount of new work during the mentorship, but will instead work with previously written material.

The program will run from January 1—April 30, 2015. At the end of the program, the apprentices will give a public reading of their work.

There is no cost to apply for this program and there are no participation fees. There will be a small travel allowance for apprentices who need to travel to meet with their mentors.

Call for Mentors

The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild is seeking experienced writers in all genres to participate in the mentorship program. Mentors who have participated in the program in the past are welcome to re-apply.

Mentors will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • the possession of a significant body of published work
  • experience as a teacher, workshop leader, mentor, writer in residence, or editor
  • the ability to commit time (15-20 hours per month) during the mentorship period
  • Saskatchewan residency

Mentors will receive an honorarium of $2,500 for their participation in the program.


Please include the following in your application:

  • a literary resume (maximum 5 pages)
  • a cover letter which includes the following:
  • all your contact information (including work and home phone numbers)
  • a specification of the type or types of writing you’d be willing to work with
  • a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in the program
  • an explanation of what the apprentice could learn from you

Also see the submission guidelines below.

Call for Apprentices

The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild is seeking four writers who wish to develop their skills in the craft of creative writing. Eligible applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • they will have a body of work of sufficient quality to benefit from the program
  • they will have work in progress when they apply
  • they will not have had a book published (or have had a book-length manuscript accepted for publication) in the genre in which they wish to apprentice
  • they will have demonstrated their commitment to writing by having participated in some form of formal or informal professional development (e.g. workshops, Manuscript Evaluation Service, working with a Writer-In-Residence)
  • they will be free to devote a significant amount of time to the program: a minimum of 20-25 hours per month; some past participants have spent up to 40 hours per month. As this program offers a prized and rare opportunity for development as a writer, past participants have recommended that future participants consider arranging their schedules so they can devote as much time as possible to it. Some previous apprentices have taken time off work or reduced their working hours in order to do so.
  • they will be Saskatchewan residents 19 years of age or older


There is no application form for this program. Instead, send the following material:

  • a cover letter which includes the following information:
    • your contact information (mailing address, work and home phone numbers, E-mail)
    • an explanation of the project you would work on during the mentorship period
    • a clear statement of what you hope to achieve through the program (the more specific the better—e.g. better dialogue, more skillful use of imagery)
    • an outline of past professional development experience
    • a description of the quantity of material you will have available to work with over the mentorship period (e.g. number of poems written, number of pages already written for a novel)
    • a description of how long you have been writing and a summary of your writing activity for the past twelve months
    • an outline of your family, work, educational, and cultural commitments during the time of the program AND how you will make time for the required minimum of 20-25 hours per month for the program while still accommodating them 
  • a sample of recent writing (no longer than ten pages) in the genre in which you plan to work during the mentorship period (double-spaced for prose, single or double-spaced for poetry)

Please see further submission guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines for Both Mentors and Apprentices

To ensure that your application is processed, please follow these formatting guidelines:

  • submit all material on 8 ½ x 11-inch white paper
  • type all entries in black ink
  • use plain text fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Courier), not display fonts such as Algerian
  • use a 12 point font size
  • have 1.25" margins on all sides
  • single-side all pages
  • please do not submit pages that have been hole punched
  • to fasten submissions, use paper clips (including fold-back clips)—avoid staples or any other fastener which goes through the paper (including binders and presentation covers)
  • good-quality photocopies are acceptable
  • we will not accept entries on disk or those sent by fax or E-mail
  • if sending by courier, send to the courier address listed below, not the box number

Please see further submission guidelines below.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday September 26, 2014.
Late applications will not be accepted.

Please Note:  Material sent to the box number may take an extra day for processing and may therefore arrive late. If you are sending material close to the deadline, please consider Xpress Post, Priority Post, courier, or special delivery. If sending by courier, send to the courier address listed below, not the box number.

Electronic and faxed submissions and those sent on disc or CD will not be accepted.

The results of this competition will be announced in early—mid November. The decisions of the jury will be final. Jurors may choose to not make the entire four matches if they believe there is a lack of suitable candidates.

For more information, contact Tracy Hamon at 791-7743 (programs@skwriter.com).

Send Applications To One Of the Following Addresses

Mailing Address

Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
Box 3986
Regina, SK  S4P 3R9

Courier or Drop Off Address

Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
Suite 100, 1150 - 8th Avenue
Regina, SK   S4R 1C9

This program is supported by generous funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.



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