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Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program

Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program

The Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program, aims at fostering the talent of aspiring writers of children's literature and is run by the Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch.

It is presented annually to an unpublished author and the success of the program is demonstrated by the achievements of those who have gone on to be published authors.

The winner of the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program receives the Charlotte Waring Barton Award and th mentorship which is currently sponsored by HarperCollins Childrens' Books Australia.  This initiative began in 1996 as the Frustrated Writers Menstorship Program.

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Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program 2018
Applications open 1 March 2018 and close June, 30 2018

The 2017 winner, Maura Pierlot, was announced at the Aspiring Writers Awards Night on 9 November 2017

Maura Pierlot

 

The recipient of the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program receives the Charlotte Waring Barton Award

 

Past Recipients

2016 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program winner Danika Hall, as part of the mentorship, attended HarperCollins Children’s Books on Monday 5 June 2017. She met the HarperCollins team and toured their offices as part of her mentorship prize for the Aspiring Writers Program.  

CBCA NSW Branch Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program winners since 1996. (Note:The Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program was previously known as the Frustrated Writers Mentorship Program)

The success of the Program is demonstrated by the achievements of those who have won or have been shortlisted and it is gratifying that many have received other awards since being published. These include:Danika Hall, Michelle Cooper, J C Burke, Toni Brisland, Jacqueline Harvey, Oliver Phommavanh, Aleesah Darlison, Kirsty Eager and Nathan Luff.