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Word Factory Apprentice Scheme

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Eligibility:

The National Mentoring Scheme For Short Story Writers

We are seeking four emerging short story writers to be individually mentored by leading authors for FREE as part of our renowned Word Factory Apprentice Award running from July 2019-March 2020.

The chosen writers will be talented, supportive of our inclusive ethos and willing to participate in our activities. They will have access to our events and masterclasses — a programme offering creative inspiration, writer development and collaboration between leading and emerging writers.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL ALSO:

Be invited to read their work with their mentor at a special Word Factory event in London.

Receive free membership to the Society of Authors.

Become part of the distinguished Word Factory Apprentice Award alumnae. Previous winners have achieved industry recognition including publication with independent and mainstream publishers such as Salt and Faber; awards and shortlistings including the Guardian BAME prize, Bath Flash Fiction Prize and Wasafiri prize; reviewing for journals and publications including the TLS, Economist and New Statesman and representation by leading literary agents.

Be eligible for a series of NEW bursaries to ensure writers from anywhere in England can benefit. We will also consider writers from other parts of the United Kingdom but our bursaries only cover writers resident in England.

The Word Factory Apprentice Award is celebrating its sixth year with a series of partnerships offering additional financial and developmental support to short story writers who live outside London. We would like to thank Arts Council England, who have offered specific funding to strengthen the national reach of the award. We are also delighted that the Northern Writers’Awards and New Writing North, will support a northern short story writer and mentor for the second year — and to be joined this year by Writing West Midlands and their Room 204 Writer Development Programme (supporting a writer from the West Midlands) and Literature Works, the writer development agency for South West England (supporting a writer from the south-west).

How To Apply

We are open to applicants from throughout the UK, and can offer small bursaries to cover the expense of travelling to London and/or meeting your mentor for writers living in England. Please read the following instructions carefully if you are a writer living in the north, the West Midlands or the South-West of England.

The award is offered to talented authors on the way to their first collection of stories or beginning to send work out for publication. In exchange, we look for individuals willing to support other writers and be part of the growing team.

The Word Factory is London based but this is no barrier to working with writers from across the UK. We are committed to opening the award to writers with no access to literary mentorship and from communities who are often excluded. At least one place a year is held open for talented BAME writers. 

Please Note: the scheme is not suitable for anyone with novels or collections already published or under contract (self-published and non-fiction books may apply). Also, application is only open to residents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Bursaries are focussed on writers living in England.

Application is simple:

You will need to send us two files: your best 2,000 word story (or part of a story) and 500 words explaining both what you intend to work on during your mentorship and what skills and commitment you will bring to the Word Factory. In the past, our apprentices have offered some of the following: social media skills; helping us run events; creating a flash fiction prize; supporting the running of festivals. In your letter, please tell us where you live and whether you have a BAME background.

What you do:

Fromm the site below click the Apply Now link below to apply and pay a £10* admin fee.

Full details on how to send us your files will be included in your receipt.

Lastly, email us your story and supporting letter.

*Please note: there is an admin fee but the year’s mentoring and Word Factory membership is entirely free. Unwaged applicants or those who can’t afford this fee can still apply. Please send your story, covering letter and short explanation of your circumstances direct to Paul McVeigh see contact below.

IMPORTANT – You need to apply separately if:

You live in the North of England

You live in the West Midlands

You live in the South-West

Please look at this BOUNDARIES MAP in the link for the purposes of this award.

If you live in the North of England:

One place is open to a writer living in the North who will also be offered a bursary to attend events in London, developmental support and access to other opportunities near to home. The northern apprentice will also benefit from our new partnership with independent publisher and short story champions, Comma Press, offering our northern winner publishing opportunities on at least four anthology projects over two years. This award also sponsors a northern mentor — this year, Carys Davies.

Northern Applications - Please check the website below

If you live in the West Midlands:

One place is open to a writer living in the West Midlands. In partnership with the Word Factory, Writing West Midlands will select a winner to become a Word Factory Apprentice as part of their Room 204 programme.

To apply for the West Midlands apprentice place, follow this link: www.writingwestmidlands.org and click on Room 204 Writer Development.

West Midlands Applications

If you live in the South-West please check the website below.

One place is open to a writer living in the South-West.

For further information about how to apply via Literature Works and about their work supporting writers in the South West, follow this link: Literature Works Apprentice Application page.

South West Applications

Important Dates:

Applications OPEN on November 16th 2018.
Please follow the separate application process if you live in the North, South-West or West Midlands.

Applications CLOSE on February 7th 2019 at 11:30PM.

WINNERS INFORMED May 2019.

Announcements at the Word Factory and Northern Writers’ Awards June 2019.

Mentorship completes March 2020.

Due to the high numbers of applications expected, we will not be contacting you if your application has been unsuccessful. Good luck! Look forward to seeing you in 2019.

The Mentors

Our 2019/209 mentors bring a vast range of experience to the award — plus a passionate commitment to the literary and social values of the Word Factory. We are delighted to announce that they are: Chris Power, Lisa Blower, Leone Ross and Carys Davies.

General applications will be judged by the two founders of the award — Word Factory founder and director Cathy Galvin and associate director Paul McVeigh, and this year they are joined by renowned short story writer Irenosen Okojie. Word Factory will also be involved in the final decision-making with our other partners in the north, south-west and West Midlands.

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Artquest - PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre

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Eligibility:

We are now accepting applications for Artquest’s Peer Mentoring programme at Camden Arts Centre. Through the Peer Forum programme, Camden Arts Centre creates space for artists to instigate dialogue, develop ideas and research together, whilst providing institutional support. Camden Arts Centre welcomes applications from artists who have been working (outside of education) for 5 years or more. Camden Arts Centre will provide a meeting space either in its Meeting Room or Drawing Studio depending on the days that the meetings will be held.  The dates and times of meetings should operate within the gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm, Wednesday 10.00am – 9.00pm. The selected artists/groups will receive an all-inclusive award of £1,800 to run 6 peer mentoring sessions over a 6-8 month period.

Deadline: 
09/30/2019

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
none

Dialogues 5

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Dialogues 5

Mark Devereux Projects invites applications from artists for Dialogues 5; a new project providing tailored critique and mentoring for five visual artists.

The selected artists will take part in a structured creative retreat aimed at improving critical discourse within their practices. Following this, Mark Devereux Projects will carefully match each artist with their own curatorial mentor who will offer tailored, high quality critique of the artist’s practice through studio visits and ongoing conversations.

Concluding the project, each artist will be invited to present new work as part of a group exhibition(s) and accompanying artists’ talk event.

Dialogues 5 aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches, bringing together individuals from across the UK from all backgrounds.

Programme Structure

21 – 25 June 2018

Creative retreat at Clayhill Arts, Somerset
The five selected artists will spend three days dissecting, questioning and enhancing their artist voices through critical conversation and collaborative learning. Accommodation, food and refreshments will be provided and all participants will be required to attend.

June – December 2018
Dialogues

Mark Devereux Projects will carefully match each artist with a specialist curatorial mentor actively working within the sector, receiving one 3-hour studio visit and one 1-hour Skype follow-up session.

Provisional curatorial mentors include; Fiona Bradley (Director, Fruitmarket Gallery), Charlotte Gregory (Director, The NewBridge Project), David Kefford & Sarah Evans (Aid & Abet), Claire Mander (Director, theCoLAB) and Nathaniel Pitt (Director, Division of Labour).

The selected artists will also receive ongoing critique, studio visits and mentoring from the Mark Devereux Projects team throughout the 7-month programme.

November / December 2018
Public outcomes

The project will culminate in a group exhibition(s) / event presenting new work by the selected artists. The venue for this will be confirmed dependent upon the requirements of the selected artists – provisional venues include; Division of Labour (London), The NewBridge Project (Gateshead) and Regent Trading Estate (Salford). The selected artists will be invited to give a short artist talk / presentation as part of the final outcome.

Costs

Dialogues 5 costs approximately £4,000 per artist to deliver. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and other partners the total cost to each artist will be £240 for the 7-month programme.

The cost for the programme can be paid in full or in monthly instalments and payments will be made to Mark Devereux Projects who are coordinating the programme.

Please note that additional travel costs will apply in addition to the fee. Mark Devereux Projects will support selected artists with any individual fundraising applications.

Costs for the programme apply to successful applicants only – there is no charge to apply.

Application Process

Dialogues 5 is open to UK-based artists working in any art form. While we are keen to support a variety of practices we strongly welcome applications from artists that have been out of undergraduate education for approximately 5 years.

We aim to select a diverse range of artists that are dedicated to the development of their practices and show a desire to undertake intensive critique through one-to-one and peer learning activities.

The selection process will be decided by a panel assessing the quality of work and the potential impact Dialogues 5 would have on each artist’s respective practice.

To apply please send the following:

Completed application form (link below) including;

  • a statement on why you would like to participate in Dialogues 5 (max 300 words)
  • a general statement on your work (max 300 words)
  • Your current CV (2 pages max)
  • Up to 5 images or links to other relevant material (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube)

Applications may be made via video or audio to support those with dyslexia. Please note that any applications not including the information requested will be ineligible.

Please send your completed application via WeTransfer to: admin[at]markdevereuxprojects[dot]com. We will acknowledge your response within 3 working days.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Sunday 29 April 2018. All applicants will be notified by 4 May 2018. Shortlisted artists will be invited for interviews taking place in Salford or via Skype w/c 14 May 2018.

For further information please email Producer, Jack Welsh: admin[at]markdevereuxprojects[dot]com

Deadline: 
04/29/2018

Word Factory Apprentice Award

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Mentors: Courttia Newland, Jenn Ashworth, KJ Orr and Tom Lee

Word Factory is seeking four emerging writers to be individually mentored by leading authors, for FREE* as part of our renowned Word Factory Apprentice Award. The chosen writers will be talented, supportive of our inclusive ethos and willing to give their time to participating in our activities. They will have access to the Word Factory events and masterclasses – a programme offering creative inspiration, writer development and a unique community of supportive writers. They will also be invited to read their work with their mentor at a special Word Factory event. They will also be given a year long membership of the Society of Authors with all the benefits and support of that organisation.

Our apprentice alumnae have achieved industry recognition including publication with independent and mainstream publishers such as Salt and Faber; awards and shortlistings including the Guardian BAME prize, Bath Flash Fiction Prize and Wasafiri prize; reviewing for journals and publications including the TLS, Economist and New Statesman.

The award is offered to talented authors on the way to their first collection of short stories or beginning to send work out for publication. We are committed to the development of our apprentices in the long-term. In exchange, we look for individuals willing to support other writers and be part of the growing team.

The Word Factory is London based but this is no barrier to working with writers from across the UK. We are committed to opening the award to writers with no access to literary mentorship and from communities who are often excluded.

At least one place a year is held open for talented BAME writers.

Please Note: the scheme is not suitable for anyone with novels or collections already published or under contract (self-published and non-fiction books may apply). Also, application is only open to residents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Application is simple:

If you DO NOT live in the north of England— you will need to send us two files: your best 2,000 word story (or part of a story) and 500 words explaining both how the scheme will benefit you and what skills and commitment you will bring to the Word Factory. In the past, our apprentices have offered some of the following: social media skills; helping us run events; creating a flash fiction prize; supporting festivals. In your letter please tell us where you live and whether you have a BAME background.

What you do:

Use the link below to apply and pay a £20 admin fee.

Full details on how to send us your files will be included in your receipt.

Lastly, email us your story and supporting letter.

Unwaged applicants can still apply. Please send your story, covering letter and short explanation of your circumstances direct to Paul McVeigh at paul@thewordfactory.tv

If you live in the North of England:

Follow this link: www.northernwritersawards.com

Important Dates:

Applications CLOSE on February 1st 2018.

WINNERS INFORMED May 2018.

Announcements at the Word Factory and Northern Writers’ Awards June 2018.

Mentorship completes March 2019.

Due to the high numbers of applications expected, we will not be contacting you if your application has been unsuccessful. Good luck! Look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Deadline: 
02/01/2018
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