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Mentor Application Guidelines

Mentors who have participated in the program in the past are welcome to re-apply for future years.

Mentors receive an honorarium of $3,125 for their participation in the five-month program.

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

  • a literary resume (maximum 5 pages)
  • a cover letter which includes the following:
    • all your contact information (including mailing and email address, phone number)
    • a specification of the genres 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

Apprentice Application Guidelines

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

  • a cover letter which includes the following information:
    • your contact information (mailing and email address, phone number)
    • a confirmation that you have no books published or accepted for publication in the genre in which you wish to apprentice
    • confirmation that you are a Saskatchewan resident 
    • confirmation that you are 19 years or older 
    • 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 skilful 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)

Formatting 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 (if submitting print copies)
  • type all entries in black ink
  • use plain text12 point fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Courier)
  • 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)
  • if sent by courier, send to the courier address listed below, not the box number
  • electronic submissions welcome

Please keep a copy of your submission; material will not be returned. The applications of apprentices who have been accepted to the program will be forwarded to the mentor.

Applications must be emailed to or postmarked by September 30 (midnight). 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 it to the courier address listed below, not the box number.

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

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
100 - 1150 8th Avenue
Regina, SK  S4R 1C9

For more information, please contact:
Yolanda Hansen, Program Manager
T: 306.791.7743

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

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