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Annick Press Mentorship Program

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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. 


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. 
  • 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 color, writers living with disabilities, and anyone living at the intersections of these identities. 
  • Emerging writers (one published book or fewer). Writers who have published or are under contract with Annick Press are not eligible for this program.
  • We are accepting applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are 18 and older.


We will be opening up applications for the second round of mentorships in Spring 2021. Please check back here or follow Annick on social media for information on how to apply, updated guidelines, and deadlines.