P[l]ay it Forward Fellowship 

Skein Press is delighted to announce its new initiative, the P[l]ay it Forward Fellowship, which was designed and will be delivered by writer and editor Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe. 

P[l]ay it Forward is a professional development programme aimed at nurturing and amplifying the talents of writers whose voices and stories have traditionally been under-represented in Irish publishing. The programme seeks to advance new perspectives in contemporary cultural discourse, and broaden conversations around diversity, inclusion, access and opportunity across the literary landscape.

The Fellowship will create pathways for writers to develop, showcase and publish their work. Fellows will receive structured support including one-to-one mentoring, editorial feedback, participation in workshops, training and literary events, career consulting, as well as opportunities to meet and build relationships with editors, agents, writers and readers, over the initial course of 18 months. P[l]ay it Forward is committed to a model of sustained support through continued engagement with its cohort of fellows into the future.  

The Fellowship will be enhanced by the expertise and resources of strategic partner organisations including, the Arts Council, Aosdána, Words Ireland, Poetry Ireland, Irish Writers Centre and The Stinging Fly.

The pilot phase will commence in July 2021 for two writers: one working in prose and one in poetry. Watch this space for updates or follow Skein on social media for more information on how to apply.

We are grateful for the financial support of the Arts Council of Ireland in offering this Fellowship.