DYNAMO Mentoring Application Form
The Dynamo mentoring scheme will provide free of charge one-to-one mentoring with experienced poet and editor at Nine Arches Press, Jane Commane. The scheme is being targeted at communities who are currently under-represented in poetry publishing and in contemporary poetry in general – for example; disabled, low-income, BAME and LGBTQI+ poets. This scheme is offered in partnership with Writing West Midlands, for poets living, working or studying in the West Midlands.

The first mentoring session will involve an editorial assessment of up to four poems, plus discussion about routes open to new and emerging poets, advice on publishing and a chance to discuss next steps in creative development of poetry and building a track-record of publication and profile. A second mentoring session is offered by telephone to maintain support at the six-month stage to each mentee.

Poets will be asked to complete this application form and submit three poems or extracts from poems (each poem should be no longer than 40 lines each).

Personal data: Please note that we do ask for some personal information on this form to assess need and help us allocate the ten mentorships. All information you give on this form will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with any third party outside of Nine Arches Press and Writing West Midlands during the selection process.

Please note: we expect there to be high demand for the mentoring scheme and sadly cannot give individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants. All decisions are final.

The deadline for applications is Friday 20th December. You will receive a response by Friday 3rd January on the outcome of your submission.
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