Mentoring 2018

Mentoring 2018 is now closed for applications

Meet our 2018 mentees and mentors

In 2018 Scottish Book Trust will provide four published writers the unique opportunity to be mentored by an experienced writer or industry professional. Our mentoring programme provides writers with a sustained period of support devoted to developing a particular project, helping them make difficult transitions, achieve significant breakthroughs, and overcome challenges


Who is mentoring for?

We are looking for published writers or working creators who have made significant headway with a project and are looking for support to complete it. The programme supports early career writers as well as writers with a long publication history who are looking to approach new subject areas and genres, grow artistically, and develop professionally. For example, you might be:

  • An illustrator looking to write a novel
  • A poet who would like to develop work for the radio
  • A published novelist in need of a breakthrough to progress with a second novel
  • An experienced fiction author writing creative non-fiction for the first time
  • A writer who would like to adapt work for film or television
  • A Gaelic writer developing a manuscript in English
  • A graphic novelist working on a screenplay
  • A writer for adults creating work for children
  • A playwright working on a novel
Performance and spoken word

We are also welcoming applications from performance poets, spoken-word artists, and other writers who would benefit from dedicated support and guidance from experienced mentors.


How to apply

Please check the eligibility criteria carefully. To apply, download a Mentoring 2018 application form. Completed forms should be returned to

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13 September 2017 (midday).

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview on Friday 3 November 2017.


Eligibility criteria

  • You must be based in Scotland to apply.
  • Mentoring is open to professional writers who meet the criteria for our Live Literature Database. You do not need to be on the database to apply. 
  • Applicants should have a specific project in mind for which they need dedicated support.
  • Before you apply, you should have completed at least two-thirds of your manuscript/a substantial body of work (get in touch if you want to check if your project qualifies) in order to give the mentor material to work with straight away.

If you have any specific questions about your eligibility, please email

Self-published writers (including poets) are eligible to apply if:
  • You have sold 300 printed copies or 500 e-books within a 12-month period, as per the Society of Authors guidelines 
  • You can demonstrate a career as a professional writer (i.e. giving workshops, publishing work in magazines, receiving reviews etc.)

Please note that Scottish Book Trust is not currently seeking mentors.

Judging panel

We are delighted to confirm the judging panel for the Mentoring programme: Alan Bissett (Novelist, playwright and performer), Judy Moir (Literary Agent), Will Mackie (Mentoring Project Manager for Scottish Book Trust) and Lynsey Rogers (Writer Development Co-ordinator). 

Here’s what some of our recent mentors and mentees have to say about mentoring:

'The exciting thing about mentoring and being a mentor is that you are beginning the adventure with a partner. For me as a mentor, as I facilitate Mandy's developing skills as a dramatist, I will also be re-examining my own understanding of how drama works.' - David Neville 

'It is really encouraging and helpful to have someone to bounce these ideas around with and David has heaps of experience in recognising what could make a good drama. With David's guidance I feel as if I am being shown around an unfamiliar city by a friendly local, which means I can explore this new territory without having to worry about getting mugged or lost in the back streets.’ - Mandy Haggith

'Writing is a strange kind of career and the only people who really understand it are other writers.' - Sara Sheridan

'Having an engaged, critical mentor, who has pushed me to recognise both the strengths and weaknesses in the writing, has meant it is now almost at agent-ready stage, bar the last polishings.' - Catherine Hokin

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