Friday, May 4, 2018

Application for Mentees (Open May 11th Through June 11th)

Notes and Eligibility:

All mentees must be neurodivergent or disabled and over the age of 18.

Mentees may not have an agent, published full-length books, or advanced degrees. *Self-published books might be different.*

A writing sample (of the project or genre you want mentoring in) must be included with the application. *Up to ten pages of double-spaced prose or five poems.*

Applicants will be allowed to pitch two mentors. Your sample and application will be forwarded to who you choose (if you make it beyond the first round). *Here is the list of mentors.*

If able, please attach documents as PDF files and send them to:
Questions should be sent to us via email, in blog comments, or on Twitter @HandUnPen

As always, disabled/neurodivergent writers with multiple marginalizations are especially encouraged to apply.

Mentee Application




Website/Social media:

Any degrees or publication credits?

What is your disability/neurodivergence?  Can our mentors know?

Describe what you want mentoring in (submitting poems, fantasy novel editing, etc.)

What are you most hoping for in a mentor besides competence and help?  Do you want a cheerleader, someone who imposes strict deadlines, something else?

Which mentor(s) would you like to pitch?

Why choose this program over a different method of help, mentorship, research, etc.?

What are your preferred methods of correspondence?  Email? Skype? Facebook? Phone calls?

Is there anything else you'd like your potential mentor to know?


  1. Hi there, this looks like a great scheme. Is it open to writers outside the US? I notice all the mentors are from the U.S.

    1. As long as you are a disabled/neurodivergent writer (writing in English) who meets the requirements, you can apply. It doesn't matter where in the world you reside.

  2. Can you tell me what you mean by "pronouns" please?

    1. Pronouns are "he/him", "she/her", "they/them", etc.
      Are you male, female, or enby?