Photo from five year mentorship anniversary event

Through an open call for submissions, we select emerging writers to participate in our free mentoring program to ready a book-length project for publication. When appropriate, select mentees will get the opportunity to receive targeted introductions to agents and/or publishers.

Mentoring Program

Diaspora Dialogues invites submissions from emerging writers who currently have a full or near-full draft of an original full-length novel, or collection of short stories, or collection of poems. Please note that we do not accept works intended for children or young adults. Full or near-full draft means that the writer has up to 85,000 words or 300 double-spaced pages of prose; or up to 25 poems (50 pages maximum).

Note: for the application, you do not need to submit the full draft of your novel, short story collection or poetry collection. We only require a sample (see Guidelines below).

Through an adjudicated process, the most promising emerging writers will be chosen for the opportunity to work over a six-month period with a mentor via correspondence (either email or post).

Diaspora Dialogues is committed to supporting a literature of Toronto that is as diverse as the city itself. Writers are encouraged to keep this mandate in mind, but addressing this theme directly is not essential in the submission.

For further information and to read about the experiences of writers who have participated in the program, please click here.

Deadline: Wednesday September 30, 2015 (postmark). Notifications will be made in November.

Download the Submission Form

Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the Mentorship Program.

Submission Guidelines

Formatting Your Submission


Please ensure you have carefully read all above Guidelines before submitting. If you have further questions, please email Zalika Reid-Benta, Mentorship Coordinator, at