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Writing NSW announces Giramondo, Hachette, Pan Mac paid internships; Sydney Opera House to offer Sweatshop mentorship

Writing NSW and the Sydney Opera House have announced details of two new mentorship programs for First Nations and culturally diverse writers.

Writing NSW has announced Giramondo, Hachette and Pan Macmillan will be part of its paid publishing internship program, one of three new programs in writing, curating and publishing that have been designed to increase cultural diversity in those fields.

Three emerging editors will be selected for the six-month program. The successful candidates will spend one day per week in their allocated publishing house, receiving $6000 plus superannuation in payment, and will also be supported by an external mentorship program led by Penguin Random House editor and 2020 Beatrice Davis Fellow Radhiah Chowdhury.

‘The program is designed to increase cultural diversity in the publishing industry and emerging editors from Indigenous or culturally diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply,’ said Writing NSW. ‘Applicants must be looking to build a career in publishing and have a demonstrated enthusiasm for and commitment to writing and/or editing.’

Formal qualifications are not required; however, applicants must live in NSW. For further details and to apply, see the Writing NSW website.

In related news, the Sydney Opera House has announced a new annual emerging writers mentorship for First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse writers, in partnership with Sweatshop.

The inaugural mentorship will offer two successful applicants $1000, a digital festival pass to the Sydney Opera House’s Antidote festival, three rounds of feedback on their fiction or nonfiction writing project inspired by the themes of the festival, and up to 25 hours of mentorship from Sweatshop affiliated mentors. Finished works will be published on Sydney Opera House’s Digital platform.

The program is open to emerging writers from First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have some record of publication but have not yet published a full-length work. See the Sydney Opera House website here for further details.

Pictured: Radhiah Chowdhury.


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