As of August 2 2017, Diaspora Dialogues has both a long form and short form mentorship. Read the descriptions below to determine the stream that suits your needs best.


Long Form Mentorship

 

 

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 follow this link.

Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by 11:59 EST. Submissions must be received via email to: zalika@diasporadialogues.com

Notifications will be made in December.

Download the submission form.

Read frequently asked questions about the Mentorship Program.


Submission Guidelines

  • The Greater Toronto Region must exist in the novel or collection, either in a literal sense, or otherwise. How you interpret this is up to you!
  • Work from which the excerpt is submitted must be in a full draft or near-full draft stage.
  • We do not accept works intended for children or young adults.
  • Samples submitted can be one chapter from the novel or one short story from the collection (up to but not exceeding 5,000 words); poetry can include up to 10 poems but not exceed 15 pages.
  • Submissions must include a one-page description of the novel, short story or poetry collection.
  • Submissions must include a short biography in paragraph form (no more than 250 words.)
  • The work must be original and not previously published.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Each writer may submit only one manuscript.
  • A completed submission form must be included.
  • Submissions will be accepted by email.
  • Commentary/feedback is not available on submissions.

Formatting Your Submission

  • All submissions should be double-spaced, Times New Roman font size 12.
  • Please do not adjust the margins.

Eligibility

  • Writers must not have a previously published full-length manuscript in the category in which they wish to apply, although appearances in magazines and/or anthologies are acceptable.
  • Any writer of any age can apply—alumni of Diaspora Dialogues’ short-form mentoring program, as well as past unsuccessful applicants, are eligible.
  • Writers must be living in the greater Toronto region, which includes York, Halton, Peel and Durham.

Please ensure you have carefully read all above guidelines before submitting.

If you have further questions, please email Zalika Reid-Benta, Program Manager, at zalika@diasporadialogues.com.


Short Form Mentorship

 

Diaspora Dialogues invites submissions to this new program from emerging writers across the GTA of short stories or creative nonfiction less than 3,000 words in length; or up to 5 poems, with each poem being no more than 75 lines. (See below for definition of “emerging.”) Applicants are welcome to enter more than one category, but no more than one submission per category, please.

Through an adjudicated process, selected writers will receive feedback from a rotating writer-in-residence at Diaspora Dialogues (a newly created position that will feature Toronto-based writers), over the course of a month.

Once completed, pieces can be submitted for consideration to TOK Digital, a new digital magazine that DD will be unveiling in early 2018. Stay-tuned for more details!

The writer-in-residence will address issues of story, character, structure, pace, writing style, structure and substantive aspects of the work. No copy or line editing will be provided until the time of publication (for those ultimately featured in TOK Digital).

Deadline: November 30, 2017 by 11:59 EST. Submissions must be received via email by this date to: zalika@diasporadialogues.com 

Download the submission form.


Submission Guidelines

The Greater Toronto Region must exist in the submission.

  • The work must be original and not previously published or produced.
  • Submissions must be in English,
  • Fiction or creative nonfiction must be 3,000 words or less.
  • Up to 5 poems may be submitted, with each poem being no more than 75 lines.
  • Submissions must include a one-page description.
  • Submissions must include a short biography in paragraph form (no more than 250 words).
  • Each writer may submit only one piece in each category.
  • A completed submission form must be included.
  • Submissions will be accepted by email.
  • Commentary/feedback is not available on submissions.

Formatting Your Submission

  • All submissions should be double-spaced, Times New Roman font size 12.
  • Please do not adjust the margins.

Eligibility

  • Writers must not have a previously published full-length manuscript, although appearances in magazines and/or anthologies are acceptable.
  • Any writer of any age can apply—alumni of Diaspora Dialogues’ short-form mentoring program, as well as past unsuccessful applicants, are eligible. Those who have taken part in Diaspora Dialogues’ Long-Form Mentoring Program are not eligible.
  • Writers must be living in the greater Toronto region, which includes York, Halton, Peel and Durham.

Please read all of the guidelines carefully before submitting. 

If you have further questions, please email Zalika Reid-Benta, Program Manager, at zalika@diasporadialogues.com.