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Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program 2017

The CBCA NSW Branch Inc Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program is now open to all Australian citizens residing in Australia.

Entries for the 2017 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program have now closed. Judging is underway.

The winner will be announced at the Aspiring Writers Awards Night on 9 November 2017. Details below.

Book now here. Access a flyer here. 

Shortlisted candidates will be informed during the weeks prior to the event.

The mentorship is sponsored by HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia. 

Aspiring Writers Awards Night 2017

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Join us from 6-8.30pm on 9 November 2017 at HarperCollins beautiful Sydney offices (Level 13, 201 Elizabeth Street) for an inspiring evening. Book now here.

Sparkling wine and nibbles on arrival.

Speakers include:

  1. Authors: Jacqueline Harvey, Jen Storer, Belinda Murrell, Kate Forsyth and Danika Hall
  2. From HarperCollins:
    • James Kellow — CEO Australia and New Zealand,
    • Cristina Cappelluto — Children’s Publishing Director
    • and Lisa Berryman — Publisher

Book sales and signings will be available at the event through Better Read Than Dead booksellers.

Charlotte Waring Barton Award

The winner of the 2017 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program receives the Charlotte Waring Barton Award and a comprehensive mentorship which includes: 

  • 2 x 3-hour guidance sessions with an established HarperCollins author.
  • 1 x 1-hour session with a HarperCollins editor.
  • 1 x 1-hour session with a publishing expert in HarperCollins Marketing Communications Manager.
  • 1 x 1-hour session with a HarperCollins publisher.

If the winner resides outside of Sydney, HarperCollins reserves the right to conduct all sessions via Skype.


  • Media Release, please click here.
  • Entry Form, please click here.
  • Terms and Conditions of Entry, please click here.
  • Pitch Page, please click here.
  • How to Prepare a Pitch page, please click here.