Ends on April 15, 2019

We are thrilled to announce a new mentorship initiative: Kundiman’s 2019 Mentorship Lab! This program will support 3 emerging writers through a six-month program in Creative Nonfiction, who will work closely with T Kira Madden.

Mentorship Fellows receive $1000; a six-month mentorship with the Mentor in their genre; six Master Classes and six Writing Workshops; and travel, lodging, and participation in a feature reading at the Asian American Literature Festival in Washington, DC in August 2019. To encourage learning and community across genres, the Master Classes will include fellows from all three genres. The Workshops will be conducted within specific genres. 

Include 5 pages of prose (1,250 words maximum) with your name included on each page. Please double-space and use 12 point standard font.

Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief paragraph describing what you hope to gain through the Mentorship Program.
Mentees will be selected by Kundiman staff in consultation with the Mentor, and will be notified in June.

The Mentorship Lab is open to emerging writers who self-identify as Asian American. Writers must not have published a full-length book, and cannot be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the time of the Mentorship Lab. Writers must be able to be in NYC for the full period of the Mentorship Lab.


  • Meet with entire cohort for introductory meeting in July 2019
  • Participate in biweekly 30-minute check-ins with Mentors from August 2019–December 2019, via phone or Skype
  • Present at featured reading at the Asian American Literary Festival, which takes place in early August 2019 in Washington, D.C. 
  • Attendance at 6 Master Classes and 6 Writing Workshops on biweekly Mondays at Fordham Lincoln Center from September––December 2019
  • Participation in culminating public reading in December 2019