As of August 22, 2018, Diaspora Dialogues has a long form (national), long form (Greater Toronto Area), short form (national) and short form (Winnipeg) mentorship. Read the descriptions below to determine the stream that suits your needs best.


Long Form Mentorship – National

 

Since 2005, Diaspora Dialogues has run Short-Form and Long-Form Mentoring Programs in the Greater Toronto Region, placing emerging writers in one-on-one mentorship with some of Canada’s best writers, including Lawrence Hill, Shani Mootoo, Cherie Dimaline, Andrew Pyper and many others. DD has established partnerships in place with Canadian agents and publishers (large and small) that provide next step opportunity for alumni; these programs have amongst the highest success rate in the country for alumni getting published and participants have been nominated and/or won many prizes including the Griffin Prize for Poetry, the Governor General Literary Awards, The City of Toronto Book Award, The Trillium Book Prize and others.

With the support of Canada Council, DD is launching a new, national Long-Form Mentorship 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. We are now also accepting works intended for young adults. Complete or near complete 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). Submissions will consist only of excerpts from these works (see guidelines below).

Diaspora Dialogues is committed to supporting a literature that is as diverse as Canada 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 has been extended to: October 15, 2018 by 11:59 EST. Please send submissions to: zalika@diasporadialogues.com

Notifications will be made at the end of October. The mentorships will begin in December 2018 and run for six months. Assigned mentors are at the discretion of Diaspora Dialogues.

Please read all of the guidelines carefully before submitting. If you have questions, email zalika@diasporadialogues.com.

Download the submission form.


Submission Guidelines

  • Work from which the excerpt is submitted must be in a full draft or near-full draft stage.
  • Excerpts 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 electronically or by fax.
  • 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.

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.


Long Form Mentorship – Greater Toronto Area

 

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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.

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. We are now also accepting works intended for 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 that is as diverse as Canada 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: October 15, 2018 by 11:59 EST. Submissions must be received via email to: zalika@diasporadialogues.com

Notifications will be made in November.

Download the submission form.

Read frequently asked questions about the Mentorship Program.


Submission Guidelines

  • Work from which the excerpt is submitted must be in a full draft or near-full draft stage.
  • 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.
  • The GTA must be present in your work in some capacity.
  • 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 be living in the GTA.
  • 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.
  • You cannot submit to more than one mentorship program at a time.

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  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, over the course of a month.

Once completed, pieces can be submitted for consideration to TOK, a new digital magazine that has been soft launched earlier this year and will be officially launched in June.

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).

Deadline: TOK has a continuous intake and as such there is no hard deadline. Submissions must be received via email by this date to: zalika@diasporadialogues.com 

Download the submission form.


Submission Guidelines

  • 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.

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.



Short Form Mentorship (Winnipeg)

 

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Emerging writers and poets from all over Winnipeg are welcome to apply!

With the support of the Winnipeg Foundation, DD is launching a new Winnipeg-based Short Form Mentorship Program. We invite submissions from emerging writers of short stories, creative nonfiction or young-adult fiction less than 3,000 words in length; or up to 5 poems, each poem being no more than 75 lines. Applicants are welcome to enter more than one category, but only one submission per category.

Through an adjudicated process, selected writers will enter into a one-month mentorship with a Winnipeg-based writer. For further information, and submission forms, please contact zalika@diasporadialogues.com.

Diaspora Dialogues is committed to supporting a literature of Canada that is as diverse as the country itself. Writers are encouraged to keep this place-based mandate in mind, but it is not essential in the submission. We especially welcome submissions from diverse and Indigenous writers. For further information and to read about the experience of writers who have participated in the program, please visit: http://diasporadialogues.com/articles/writers/

Alumni of this program will be provided the opportunity to submit their work to TOK, DD’s online magazine, and/or to other Canadian literary magazines. Also, as part of this initiative, TOK will be producing a two-day Winnipeg Symposium in Fall 2018 that includes public talks and podcasts, as well as an industry component involving professional development seminars and a mixer with agents and publishers.


Submission Guidelines:

• Applicants must be based in Winnipeg.
• The work must be original and not previously published or produced.
• Submissions must be in English.
• Fiction, young-adult 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.

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.

Deadline:

October 15, 2018. The first mentorship starts November 1st and runs for a four-week cycle. There will be six mentorship cycles (November-April), each with new participants. October 15th is our first deadline for the first evaluation of submissions; thereafter, we will evaluate submissions monthly until March 15, 2019.

Note: this is a six-month pilot project which we anticipate will become a yearly, on-going DD program.

Please read all of the guidelines carefully before submitting. If you have questions, email: zalika@diasporadialogues.com