The Book Links Mentorship 2020
The Book Links Mentorship is open to all member of Book Links residing in Australia.
Applicants are invited to submit a synopsis and the first two chapters or first 6000 words of a work of fiction for either junior or YA readers, or two picture book manuscripts.
In 2020 Book Links offered a mentorship open to Book Links members. Applicants were invited to submit a synopsis and the first two chapters or first 6000 words, of a work of fiction for either junior or YA readers, or 2 picture book manuscripts.
In its second year, the Book Links (Qld) Mentorship competition has again attracted submissions which have great potential. Picture books included works which dealt with childhood fears and dilemmas, the joys of having pets, and several touching stories about the enjoyment shared with grandparents. Junior fiction submitted included several science fantasies, time-slip adventures, refracted fairy tales, choose your own adventure works, and historical fiction. Diverse cultures and characters were also represented. Few works for young adult readers were entered.
The winner was announced at the Book Links (Qld) AGM on Saturday 17 October 2020.
This year Robyn Sheahan-Bright elected to offer a writer for young adults as first prize winner, a twelve hour mentorship, and a picture book writer/illustrator as second prize winner, a four hour manuscript consultation:
WINNER: BENJAMIN MARSHALL THE FOX (YOUNG ADULT)
SECOND PRIZE: FIONA WEST ROSIE AND THE WOLVES (PICTURE BOOK) AND LADY LAMINGTON’S TEA PARTY (PICTURE BOOK)
She also highly commended one work, and commended four other entries:
Rebecca Ralfe Wotadji: The Dugong Hunters of Cape York (Picture Book) and Lollipop Lu (Picture Book)
Marianne Shek Love in the Age of Time Travel (Young Adult)
Zewlan Moor Trash Heap Baby (Picture Book) and Trapjaw Ant (Picture Book)
Liane McDermott Maddie and Me (Junior Fiction)
Justine Lawson Red Duffy’s Musical Discovery (Junior Fiction)