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Mentoring Program for Emerging Writers from Diverse Backgrounds

Antidote is partnering with Western Sydney-based literacy movement Sweatshop on an emerging writers mentorship program for First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse writers.

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New mentorship opportunity for diverse emerging writers

Applications are now open for a new mentoring program for emerging writers from First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Two writers will have the opportunity to work on a short piece of fiction or non-fiction (1000-1500 words) inspired by the themes of this year’s Antidote festival, under the guidance of Sweatshop affiliated mentors and with support from the Sydney Opera House. Finished works will be published on Sydney Opera House’s website and amplified across our social media channels (2 million+ followers). 

Successful applicants will receive $1,000, an Antidote festival pass, three rounds of feedback on their writing project and up to 25 hours of mentorship from Sweatshop affiliated mentors. They will also have an opportunity to engage with some speakers from the Antidote festival line-up.

The program is open to emerging writers from First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have some record of publication but have not yet published a full-length work.

Applicants must be Sydney residents and over the age of 18.

Entries close 8 August 2021 11.59pm AEST.

“We cannot begin to talk about freedom and justice in any culture unless we are talking about mass-based literacy movements. Because degrees of literacy so often determine how we see what we see.” 
bell hooks

Writing Mentorship Program Key Dates

19 July – Applications open for three weeks

8 August  Applications close 11.59pm AEST

23 August – Successful applicants announced; writing projects initiated with support of Sweatshop affiliated mentors and Sydney Opera House

5 September – Antidote festival

17 October – Final deadline for submission of writing projects; mentorship concludes

More about judge/mentor Declan Fry...

Born on Wongatha country in Kalgoorlie, Declan Fry has written for The Guardian, Saturday Paper, Overland, Australian Book Review, Liminal, Sydney Review of Books, Cordite, Kill Your Darlings, Westerly and elsewhere. His Meanjin essay Justice for Elijah or a Spiritual Dialogue With Ziggy Ramo, Dancing received the 2021 Peter Blazey Fellowship and he has been shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. He lives on unceded Wurundjeri country with his partner and their cat, Turnip.

More about judge/mentor Winnie Dunn...

Winnie Dunn is a writer of Tongan descent from Mount Druitt. She is the general manager of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Sydney University. Winnie’s work has been published in the Sydney Review of Books, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, Meanjin, SBS Voices, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Southerly and Cordite. She is the editor of several critically acclaimed anthologies, most notably Sweatshop Women, which is Australia’s first and only publication produced entirely by women of colour. Winnie is currently completing her debut novel as the recipient of a 2019 CAL Ignite Grant.

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