1. Information on how to apply to the Mentoring Program for Emerging Writers from Diverse Backgrounds (“the Program”) forms part of these Terms and Conditions of entry. Submission of an application is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
2. The Program organiser is the Sydney Opera House Trust, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000 (ABN 69 712 101 035), (+612) 9250 7111 (‘Sydney Opera House’, ‘us’, ‘we’).
3. Entry is open to citizens and permanent residents of Australia over the age of eighteen who currently reside in Sydney. Employees of the Sydney Opera House and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
4. The application entry period commences on Tuesday 20 July 2021 and will close on Saturday 7 August July 2021 at 11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
5. Applicants must be from a First Nations or culturally diverse background. Cultural diversity is defined in this context as “people who speak a language other than English and people with culturally and linguistically diverse ancestries”.
6. Applicants must not have had a full-length work of fiction or narrative non-fiction professionally published or accepted for publication in print or digital formats. If you have had short works published in print or online you are eligible to apply.
7. To apply for acceptance into the Program you must complete and submit the online application form located at here and a 500-word maximum writing project proposal in accordance with the specified conditions. Some applicants may be invited to give more information or have discussions about their past work.
8. You may submit an application for entry into the Program only once. The Sydney Opera House reserves the right to disqualify any incomplete or automated applications.
9. The decision of the judges in selecting the successful applicant/s is final. The judges will not enter into any correspondence and no individual feedback will be provided to applicants.
10. Successful applicants will be selected for their suitability to the Program and the Sydney Opera House’s values. Up to two successful applicants may be notified at any time from Monday 9 August 2021 to Sunday 22 August 2021. The Sydney Opera House may (in its absolute discretion) elect not to choose any successful applicants; choose fewer or more than two successful applicants. The successful applicant(s) will be contacted using the contact details provided in their application.
11. If we cannot contact you (or you do not respond during the notification period), you elect not to continue as an applicant, or do not sign the Program Letter of Acceptance (the terms of which are set out below) you cannot be included in the Program.
12. Applications and supporting work must be in English.
13. Each successful applicant (“Participant”) will receive (a) $1,000 payable in 2 equal instalments – $500 at the commencement of the Program and $500 on submission of the final writing project; and (b) a 1 person pass to the 2021 Antidote festival (where this proceeds in 2021). This pass is non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash.
14. Each Participant will be paired with a suitably experienced writer from Sweatshop, for a period of three months for the mentorship. Sweatshop is a literacy movement based in Western Sydney which is devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse communities through reading, writing and critical thinking. Sweatshop provides research, training, mentoring and employment opportunities for emerging and established writers and arts practitioners from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds. The mentorship will be delivered online and in person, depending on the availability and preference of the mentor and Participant. The Sydney Opera House will attempt to provide the same mentor for the duration of the Program, but cannot guarantee their availability.
15. Each Participant must prepare and submit a final writing project comprising a work of fiction or non-fiction of no less than 1000 words.
16. The work submitted by the Participant at the conclusion of the mentorship (being no later than 10 October 2021) must be original and cannot have been previously published in print or digital formats or be currently submitted for publication. If, after submission, the work is the winner of any other prize, or is accepted for publication, or self-published, you must notify the Sydney Opera House in writing immediately, and your work may be deemed ineligible for publication and you may be withdrawn from the Program.
17. If you are a successful applicant you agree to provide reasonable assistance to the Sydney Opera House and Sweatshop to promote the Program.
18. Participants grant the Sydney Opera House a non-exclusive, irrevocable, unlimited right to publish the work resulting from the mentorship on the Sydney Opera House website, including edited excerpts. The Sydney Opera House does not guarantee publication of the Participant’s work.
19. Copyright in any work you submit remains with you, but the Sydney Opera House reserves the right to use successful applicants’ submitted work to promote the mentorship Program.
20. In case of an emergency the Sydney Opera House will use the contact details supplied by you when entering the Program.