Diaspora Dialogues: Emerging writers and poets can apply for one-month mentorship with a Winnipeg-based writer Application Deadline April 30



Emerging writers and poets all over Winnipeg are welcome to apply!

We invite submissions from emerging writers of short stories, creative nonfiction or young-adult fiction less than 3,000 words in length; or up to 5 poems, each poem being no more than 75 lines. Applicants are welcome to enter more than one category, but only one submission per category.

Through an adjudicated process, selected writers will enter into a one-month mentorship with a Winnipeg-based writer. The writer-in-residence will address issues of story, character, structure, pace, writing style, and structure. Alumni of this program will be provided the opportunity to submit their work to TOK, DD's online magazine, and/or to other Canadian literary magazines. No copy or line editing will be provided until the time of publication (for those ultimately featured in TOK Digital).

Diaspora Dialogues is committed to supporting a literature of Canada that is as diverse as the country itself. Writers are encouraged to keep this place-based mandate in mind, but it is not essential in the submission. We especially welcome submissions from diverse and Indigenous writers. For further information and to read about the experience of writers who have participated in the program, please visit: http://diasporadialogues.com/articles/writers/

For further information please contact zalika@diasporadialogues.com.

About Us:

Diaspora Dialogues (DD) supports diverse Canadian writers in making their craft a career. We do this through publication, presentation, mentorship and community building. Our free mentorship programs, pairing emerging authors with established writers, in conjunction with professional development seminars and presentations, as well as our TOK Magazine electronic platform tokmagazine.ca, provides support to communities seeking to tell their own stories and narratives to the world. More than 400 new literary works have been created through DD programs, 250 events produced and a live

DD Winnipeg Short-Form Mentoring Program Submission Guidelines:

  • Applicants must be based in Winnipeg.
  • The work must be original and not previously published or produced.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Fiction, young-adult fiction or creative nonfiction must be 3,000 words or less.
  • Up to 5 poems may be submitted, with each poem being no more than 75 lines.
  • Submissions must include a one-page description.
  • Submissions must include a short biography in paragraph form (no more than 250 words).
  • Each writer may submit only one piece in each category.
  • A completed submission form must be included
  • Submissions will be accepted by email.
  • Commentary/feedback is not available on submissions.


  • Writers must not have a previously published full-length manuscript (although appearances in magazines and/or anthologies are acceptable).
  • Any writer of any age can apply.

Deadline: April 30th 2019.

Submissions must be received via email to Zalika Reid-Benta, zalika@diasporadialogues.com