Applications are open for our first mentorship for 2017!

This year, we are excited to be able to bring you a special opportunity to work with established and experienced writers to develop your skills and gain feedback on your work. We will be running three paid mentorships throughout the year with support from ArtsACT.

Our first mentor this year is Ashley Thomson, the founder and editor of Homer, an online literary journal that focuses on discussions of masculinity and male role models. Ashley has a wealth of experience both writing and editing in various contexts, and we are thrilled to have him on board this year.

How it will work:

If your application is successful, you will work with Ashley to develop a piece of fiction or non-fiction work, no longer than 2500 words, on the themes of gender, personal growth or interpersonal conflict. You will have two face to face meetings over the course of two months (April and May) to discuss and work on your piece. We will provide editing support, and the final piece will be published on our site.

This is a paid opportunityWe believe in the importance of artists being financially supported for their work, so the successful applicant will receive a fee of $200.

How to apply:

Send an email to writetoscissorspaperpen@gmail.com, with the subject “Mentorship with Ashley Thomson” that includes the following:

  • A short statement on why you are applying for this opportunity, and why you think you would be suited to working with this mentor,
  • A sample of previous work up to 500 words, and
  • Your CV, including any links to previously published work.

This opportunity is open to all emerging writers under 35 in the ACT region.*

Applications close at midnight on 7 April.

* Scissors Paper Pen is a collective for writers under the age of 35 who live in the ACT region, which includes Yass, Young, Goulburn, Braidwood, Collector, Queanbeyan and them other close-by places. You can be a 15 year old regional school student and apply, you can be a 22 year old public servant and apply, you can be a 34 year old mechanic and apply. Importantly, we especially welcome applications from minority groups. Scissors Paper Pen prides its self on creating safe spaces for marginalised voices to be read and heard.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Bond


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