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The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship

The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship is a joint initiative between Text Publishing and Writing NSW. It is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The purpose of the program is to discover and nurture a powerful new Indigenous voice in Australian literature and to support the writer as they develop their manuscript and seek publication. 

The recipient of the year-long mentorship will be paired with a senior Indigenous writer working in the same genre, who will provide feedback on their manuscript and professional advice. They will also receive professional development from Text Publishing and Writing NSW. 

Applications for the 2020 Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship open Monday 9 September 2019 and close Monday 25 November 2019. To apply and for more information, including the terms and conditions, go to the Writing NSW website

The 2020 mentorship will be judged by multi-award-winning Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch, alongside representatives from Text Publishing and Writing NSW. 

The opportunity to work with a master is not only significant for the emerging writer, but also for the mentoring author. The process they undergo is as old and sacred as our culture, the handing-down of the skills and tools needed to one day be passed down again and again. Being able to teach and to learn in such a close and guided fellowship is a once-in-a-career moment.

— Tara June Winch

The Boundless Mentorship was launched in 2019 and was welcomed by the Indigenous writing community. Submissions were received from all over the country.

Mentorships are an important link in First Nations writing. Either through informal or formal structures, writers gain skills and knowledge of their craft but also of the industry. For First Nations writers, mentoring by their peers can bring literary knowledge but also a cultural perspective in keeping our stories strong without losing the essence of the story.

— Cathy Craigie, founding Director of the First Nations Australia Writers Network

Allanah Hunt is the winner of the inaugural Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship for her submission Forever and Ever, the story of a young woman reckoning with her unplanned pregnancy and the hidden secrets of her dysfunctional family. She was mentored by author Tara June Winch. 

Receiving the Boundless mentorship has not only made my novel a better one, but has made me a better writer overall. This mentorship has been priceless in terms of experience and growth. My biggest thanks to Text Publishing, Writing NSW and Tara June Winch for this wonderful opportunity that has lived up to everything I hoped it would be and more! I cannot wait to continue my writing career with the new knowledge I've been so generously given.

— Allanah Hunt

You can read more about Allanah's winning submission and the 2019 shortlist here.

The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship is an outcome of Boundless – the festival of Indigenous and culturally diverse writers.  

All enquiries about the mentorship should be directed to Writing NSW.