Hello! The Kaya Toast Mini-Mentorship Initiative was something I started in June 2021, for people in Singapore who have interesting perspectives and stories to tell to pitch their ideas and get help crafting their pieces. To find out more about the thinking behind this initiative, read this: https://www.wethecitizens.net/thread-how-i-came-up-with-the-kaya-toast-mini-mentorship-initiative/
After the first round, I decided to keep this open on a rolling basis, so that people can submit applications any time. I will select pieces based on the strength of the application, but also other factors like the amount of bandwidth I have for mentorship at any given point in time, as well as the budget that I have to pay for work if it gets published as a guest issue of We, The Citizens. This is similar to the pitching process at many other publications, where commissions and rejections are dependent on a range of factors that might not necessarily have to do with you or your pitch. Feel free to try again some other time if yours didn't get picked!