Mentee Information

Request a Mentor

For your reference, the questions on the mentee application appear below.

We prefer to accept applications via Submittable. You may also download a .PDF version of the application on the right and submit it by mail or email to

The Submittable application will also ask you to upload a sample of your current work. For fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting, we ask to see 10 pages. For poetry, please submit 5-10 poems.


These are the questions we ask mentees when they apply:

  1. What would you like to achieve as a writer? Include both short- and long-term goals.
  2. Tell us about your experiences as a writer, as well as where you are in the writing process.
  3. What types of guidance are you hoping to receive from your mentor (e.g.; journal submissions, writing a query letter, manuscript development)?
  4. Are you interested in receiving a mentor who is able to provide guidance from the perspective of a specific literary field (e.g.; travel writing, young adult fiction) or community (e.g.; LGBTQ writers, Chicano poets)?
  5. What have you already tried in terms of finding writing guidance? Have you ever had a mentor? Are you part of a writers' group?
  6. What would you like to gain from AWP’s Mentor Program? What can AWP do to help you reach these goals?
  7. What are you hoping to gain from your relationship with a mentor?
  8. Weekly, how much time do you anticipate spending on Writer to Writer? Include time spent both communicating with your mentor and preparing for those conversations.
  9. Describe your preferred method of communication (Skype, phone, email, etc.).
  10. How did you hear about Writer to Writer? If you were referred to the program, please provide the person's name.
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