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Winners announced for ASA and Copyright Agency Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the winners of its 2019 Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program.

The winners are:

Adult fiction

  • Chloe Adams
  • Lou Green
  • Andy Muir
  • Diana Navarro
  • Annabel Smith
  • Michael Uniacke
  • Sid Walls
  • Nicola West
  • Shankari Nadanachandran (highly commended)
  • Christine Paice (highly commended)

Adult narrative nonfiction

  • Violet Kieu
  • Barbara McKenzie
  • Tom de Souza
  • Kevin McQuillan (highly commended)


  • Helen Bradwell

Children’s, young adult and picture books

  • Amy Adeney
  • Rae Bowen
  • Carla Fitzgerald
  • Eliza Holmes
  • Kathryn Hore
  • Pamela Rushby
  • Lucie Stevens
  • Carmel Summers
  • Anna Quinlan (highly commended)
  • Inda Ahmad Zabri (highly commended).

With support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, each winner receives a 20-hour mentorship with an experienced writer, editor or illustrator, as well as a one-year ASA membership, a free ticket to its Literary Speed Dating event and access to its Pathways to Publishing Program.

For the first time, this year’s program accepted applications from both established and emerging writers and illustrators. The winners were chosen from over 300 applications by assessors Toni Jordan and Leah Kaminsky (adult fiction), Sunil Badami (narrative nonfiction), Brook Emery (poetry), and Libby Gleeson and Tristan Bancks (children’s, young adult and picture books).

For more information about the awards and this year’s winners, click here.


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