Mentorship Program

What Is It?

  • Every fall, the Ch1Con team mentors young writers (ages 11 to 23) in writing, editing, and the publishing process!
  • The entire Ch1Con team takes part in the mentorship process, so mentees learn about each step of writing and publishing from someone who is an expert in it. (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 on Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, and more!

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: