SFWA Career Mentor Questionnaire
Greetings, SFWA Mentorship Initiative Mentor Applicant! We're happy that you're interested in our program, and are gratified to see you “paying it forward.”

The SFWA Mentoring Initiative is an all-volunteer service provided free of charge, which aims to connect emerging writers to each other and to established pros with the objective of providing community, sharing knowledge, and offering networking opportunities. It is in general focused on professional development rather than artistic development. In other words, if you are selected for the program, you will not be expected to critique work for your mentee.

The Initiative is open to SFWA members both active and associate as well as to aspiring members.

**NOTE: You must be 21 or older to participate.**

Mentors are drawn from the ranks of active and associate SFWA members and other professional writers. Each match will last three months, barring unforeseen circumstances. This mentorship will run from August through October 2020.

One of our goals is to create ongoing relevance in SFWA by extending its benefits to the generations of writers who will hopefully join and perpetuate the organization.

Please let us know a little about yourself by answering the following questions, which will help us match participants. Please contact mentor@sfwa.org with any further questions.

This application is open now (June, 2020) and will stay open, but we will begin making matches for this round in July.

If you are not matched, it is not a reflection on your abilities. We just may not have the right mentee for you in this round.

If you would like to see the guidelines, they are available here:
Email *
Name: *
What are your pronouns? *
Communication: Please rate your preference level for the following communication styles between you and your mentee. *
Prefer not
Phone / voice chat
Video Chat
Slack / text based chat
What is your relationship to SFWA? *
You do not need to be a member to participate. To see the membership requirements, please visit http://www.sfwa.org/about/join-us/sfwa-membership-requirements/
Have you previously participated in the SFWA mentorship program? *
How interested are you in discussing the following topics with your mentee? *
Very Interested
Somewhat Interested
Not Interested
The agent process
Short fiction
Self publishing
Social media
Making a living while writing
Balancing non-writing demands with writing
Editing and responding to edits
Critique groups and workshops
Con programming (how to be a panelist, moderator, etc)
Debut novelist stuff
Public speaking
I just want to be a welcoming face for newcomers to the community.
Please list any other topics you would like to discuss with a mentee:
What is your experience or familiarity with the following: *
A lot of experience
Some experience
No experience
Workshops/ writing education
Critiquing and critique groups
Con attending and/or participation
Short story writing
Short story submission
Short story publication (semi-pro markets)
Short story publication (pro markets)
Novel writing
Novel Querying or going on submission
Novel publication (small press)
Novel publication (big 5)
Social media
Game writing
If you have other relevant experience that you would like to share, please do so here:
How often do you write in the following genres: *
Science Fiction
Hard Sci Fi
Contemporary Fantasy/ Urban Fantasy
Epic Fantasy/ Secondary World Fantasy
Mystery/ Thriller
Identity: Are there any aspects of your identity (Some of the many possible examples might include: disability race, ethnicity, religion, neurodiversity, mental health, sexual orientation, gender identity, being a parent...) that you would like your mentee to share?
If you have multiple intersectional identity aspects, please tell us which is most important to you to be matched on.
If we are unable to match you on at least one aspect of your identity, are you interested in being matched with a mentee who does not share your specific identity match request?
Clear selection
Is there anything else you’d like us to know, that may help us in matching you with a mentee?
Please provide an introduction we can share with your mentee. This can include whatever you want them to know, both about your career and yourself. *
Are there any accommodations you need in order to participate in written or oral communication with your mentee?
Is there anyone you'd prefer not to work with?
This information will be kept confidential.
If there is ONE thing (an aspect of your career, an aspect of your identity, etc) that you could be matched on above all other things, what would it be? *
If we can't match you on that one thing, would you rather we match you on other things according to your application, or not match you in this round? *
Please give us an alternate way to contact you in the event that our emails to your primary address go unanswered. *
Would you be willing to mentor more than one mentee? *
The SFWA Mentoring Program appreciates your interest in becoming a mentor. This application is intended as a means of informing and gaining your consent to participate in the SFWA Career Mentoring Program. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING.
After receiving this completed application from you, we will evaluate the information and use it to match you with an appropriate mentee. Therefore, the mentoring staff may, at times, need to access and share this information with prospective mentees and other parties when it is in the best interest of the match.

Please initial each of the following:
I am 21 years of age or older or will be in July of 2020 *
You must be 21 to participate.
I give my informed consent to participate in the SFWA Mentoring Program and its related activities. *
I agree to follow all mentoring program guidelines and understand that any violation on my part may result in suspension and/or termination of the mentoring relationship. *
I understand that basic information about me will be shared with a prospective mentee(s) to aid in determining a suitable match. Once a mentor/mentee match is determined, other relevant information will be shared with the mentor to the extent it aids in facilitating a successful match. *
I hereby acknowledge that any transportation by my mentee while participating in the SFWA Mentoring Program is voluntary and at my own risk. *
I release the SFWA Mentoring Program of all liability of injury, death, or other damages to me, my family, estate, heirs, or assigns that may result from my participation in the program, including but not limited to transportation, and hold harmless any SFWA mentor, program volunteers, staff, or other representatives, both collectively and individually, of any injury, physical or emotional, other than where gross negligence has been determined. *
(optional) I agree to allow SFWA to use any photographic image of me taken at a mentoring program event. These images may be used in promotions or other related marketing materials.
By electronically signing/typing my legal name and the date below, I attest to the truthfulness of all information listed on this application and agree to all the above terms and conditions. *
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