The Madeleine Milburn Mentorship Programme was established in 2020 as part of the agency’s continued commitment to champion new and exciting voices around the world and launch debut writing careers.

Over the course of six months, our mentees participate in a series of insight sessions with numerous publishing experts, from senior editors and literary agents to bestselling authors, offering an in-depth overview of the industry and the overall publishing process. Each mentee also receives personalised editorial guidance from a literary agent over a flexible period of time, regardless of what stage their manuscripts are at. The mentorship is distinctive in that every single one of our mentees is guaranteed representation from the start, with the ultimate goal of preparing manuscripts for submissions to publishers around the world. Every agent is fully invested in having a close working relationship with their mentee, and to helping them achieve their long-term writing ambitions.

The MM Mentorship Programme is particularly aimed at those who are struggling to finish the first draft of their novel, and might benefit from the editorial support of a mentor. The agency is also committed to promoting diverse voices in publishing, and in line with this ethos, at least half of the spaces on the mentorship are reserved for writers underrepresented on the nation’s bookshelves. This includes, but is not limited to, writers from an ethnic minority background, LGBTQ+ writers, writers who are disabled or neurodiverse, and writers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Please keep an eye out for more news about the 2022 Mentorship Programme.

We are thrilled to announce that eight writers have been now been chosen for our 2021 Mentorship Programme. Read the full announcement here!

You can read more about the six mentees who took part in the inaugural 2020 Mentorship Programme here