Mentorship Program

What Is It?

  • Every fall, the Ch1Con team mentors young writers (ages 11 to 23) in writing, editing, and the publishing process!
  • Each Ch1Con team member may select up to two young writers to individually mentor. (Think of it like a class!) (You know, except way more fun.)
  • Using one short story written by each young writer, the team members guide their mentees through everything they need to know: how to use editorial letters and copy edits, how to read contracts and non-disclosure agreements, and more.
  • Finally, the Ch1Con team publishes all of the stories in an anthology—available for sale online and at future Ch1Con events!

When Does This Happen?

  • September 1 through September 15: Apply to participate by submitting a short story!
  • October 1: Mentees are announced.
  • Throughout October: Mentors and mentees work together to perfect the selected short stories and talk publishing.
  • Early November: Anthology gets sent to the printers.
  • End of November: The Ch1Con mentorship anthology releases to the world!

How Do I Apply?

  • Program fee: $75 per selected writer upon admittance, which includes one free print copy of the final anthology
  • Submit a short story which you’d like us to work with you on–and which, of course, you’d like to see in print!
  • Any genre is fine, but the content should be appropriate for at least a PG-13 audience.
  • Length should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words.
  • If you are selected for the program, Chapter One Events LLC will have one-time publishing rights to your short story (this means the rights will revert back to you once the anthology is released).

Check out the 2016 anthology, Twisted: Short Stories by Young Writers, at: