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Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program

Applications open 1 March 2018 and close June, 30 2018

The Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program aims at fostering the talent of aspiring writers of children's literature across Australia.

In its 22nd year, the mentorship offers an unpublished author of children's books the opportunity to work with a publisher to further develop their manuscript.

The 2018 winner will receive the Charlotte Waring Barton Award and work with our current sponsor HarperCollins Children'sBooks Australia in 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
  • 1 x 1-hour session with a HarperCollins publisher

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

This initiative began in 1996 as the Frustrated Writers Menstorship Program.

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Celebrate the Presentation of the Charlotte Waring Barton Award to the winner of the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program at HarperCollins Australia. Come along to this wonderful venue and join us for canapes and drinks while luxuriating in the amazing view.

Date:  November 8
Time:  6pm for 6.30 – 8.30

HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Level 13
201 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Hear from industry professionals and the 2017 winner  - Maura Pierlot.

More details to come.

Maura Pierlot

The 2017 winner, Maura Pierlot receives the Charlotte Waring Barton Award from James Kellow of HarperCollins  Australia & New Zealand CEO at the Aspiring Writers award night

Past Recipients

CBCA NSW 2016 Aspiring Writer winner 2016 Charlotte Waring Barton Award winner Danika Hall, attended HarperCollins Children’s Books, met the team and toured their offices.

CBCA NSW Branch Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program winners since 1996