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Annick Press Mentorship Program

Text reads: Annick Press Mentorship Program — supporting authors who have been historically excluded from children's publishing

Supporting Writers Who Have Been Historically Excluded from Children’s Publishing

Launched in January 2021, the purpose of this mentorship is to support works in progress of emerging writers whose access to publishing may have been limited. Our goal is to provide guidance on development of book ideas for children and young adults with a view to publication, whether or not at Annick, and to provide insight into the editorial process and the publishing industry. Mentees whose applications are selected will receive a $1000 bursary for a three-month mentorship period. 

Applications for the second round of mentorships will be accepted starting on June 11, 2021, with a deadline of July 2, 2021 at 5 p.m. EDT. Selected mentees will be announced and mentorships will start on September 7, 2021.


What we’re looking for:

  • Original writing projects that are a potential fit with Annick’s list.
  • Works-in-progress, including picture books, novels for middle readers or young adults, and children’s non-fiction. We are excited to work with you on developing your project for potential publication, and we don’t expect a polished, final draft for the purposes of the application.  
  • We are seeking applications from writers whose perspectives have historically been excluded from children’s publishing. This includes but is not limited to LGBTQ2SIA+ writers, Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers living with disabilities, and anyone living at the intersections of these identities.  
  • Canadian writers (citizens or permanent residents) who are 18 and older. 
  • Emerging writers (one book or fewer published or under contract to be published in North America). Authors with more than one self-published book are eligible for this program. If you have published more than one book in a completely unrelated field, ie. biology textbooks, you may still be eligible. Please contact if you have any questions. 

How to apply:

  • Please fill out the application form and email it with a short sample of your work in progress (this could be a partial draft or an outline of a longer project) to  
  • We can only accept one application per writer, per application period. Please submit only one story/project idea. 
  • The story you submit must be: the project you intend to work on during the mentorship, previously unpublished, and not accepted for publication elsewhere. If your story is accepted by another publisher before the results of the selection process have been announced, please let us know immediately. 
  • If you work with adaptive technology or have other accessibility needs for the application process or for the mentorship, please let us know by contacting

What to expect:

  • If selected, you will be paired with one of Annick’s in-house editors, who you will work with over a three-month period to develop your idea with a view to potential publication. Should Annick choose not to pursue publication, you will retain the rights to all of the work completed during the mentorship.
  • If selected, we would ask that the story you will be working on throughout the mentorship not be submitted to other publishers during the three-month period.  
  • Unfortunately, we cannot defer mentorships; selected mentees must be available for the mentorship timeframe they’re applying for. 
  • We will reply to all submissions with feedback; if your submission is not chosen for the program please feel free to apply to the next mentorship call and/or to submit your proposal under our standard guidelines, which can be found on our submissions page on our website.

About Annick Press:

Founded in 1975, in Toronto, Ontario, Annick Press publishes 20-25 books a year for children and youth. Our editorial vision has always been to publish books that reflect the society we live in; the content in our books reflects a range of people, characters, and experiences that help enrich and inform the conversations happening in the real world. We strive for this in all the books we publish, which range from board books for the very young to picture books for emerging readers, to novels and non-fiction for middle readers and young adults.