QWC is pleased to offer a mentorship opportunity with Queensland author Inga Simpson. The mentorship aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersexual and queer writers to develop a piece of work towards publication.

In 2017 this program is offering a three-month mentorship (valued at $1,350)

The mentorship provides approximately 2 hours of support per week (based on fortnightly submissions of up to  5,000 words).

Writers from regional or remote areas are encouraged to apply.

Applications open: Monday 7 August 2017

Applications close: Sunday 3 September 2017

Application guidelines

To be eligible for a mentorship a writer must be:

  • A current QWC member
  • An individual who identifies as LGBTTIQ with a committed writing practice, whether at an emerging or established stage in their creative development or career
  • Have an existing writing project  at a suitable stage of development to benefit from a mentorship

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • The applicant can demonstrate that they have a committed writing practice
  • The applicant can demonstrate that they will be able to commit to the mentorship process and complete development work within the timeframe of the mentorship
  • Submission of a 10-page excerpt of the manuscript proposed for development under the mentorship, along with a synopsis (the panel will consider the content and potential of the submission in their assessment).

How to apply

  • Please ensure that you have read the application guidelines before completing this form
  • Complete the application form below
  • Applications must be recieved on or before the end of Sunday 3 September 2017

The process

Applications are assessed by a panel (including mentor Inga Simpson).

At the conclusion of the mentorship the recipient will be required to provide QWC with a short report outling the experience and outcomes of the mentorship.

Your Details

Supporting material. You must submit the following supporting material with this application for to be considered for a mentorship:

1. Your writing CV which outlines your writing practice and achievements to date

2. A one-page synopsis of your manuscript

3. The first ten pages of your manuscript formatted as per industry standard. (Please see the QWC writers guide on formatting a manuscript for detail)

If you have any questions while preparing your application, please contact QWC on 07 3842 9922 / admin@qldwriters.org.au.

Terms and Conditions


  • I have read and understood the Application Guidelines (above) and these Terms and Conditions that form part of this application.
  • I have enclosed all the application materials requested by the guidelines
    •  Completed application form
    •  Writing CV
    •  One-page synopsis of your manuscript
    •  The first ten pages of your manuscript
  • I am an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident.
  • I currently reside in Australia
  • I am 18 years of age or older.
  • I understand that the selection panel’s decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  • I warrant that the materials enclosed in this application are my own original work and do not impinge on the rights of others.
  • I have kept a copy of my application and understand that my application and support materials will not be returned to me.
  • I understand that, should I be successful in my application, I will be asked to sign a “Olvar Wood Mentorship Agreement” with Queensland Writers Centre.