SYP opens applications for 2016 Mentor Scheme


'An inspiring new scheme for ambitious young people in publishing!' —Tom Weldon

The Society of Young Publishers is proud to announce the reopening of the SYP Mentor Scheme for 2016! Applications can be made through the Society website by clicking here.

Deadline for applications: Friday 11 March 2016


The scheme will be open to young publishing professionals who are already working in the industry and need advice on how to further advance in their career. To be eligible, prospective mentees will have to meet the following criteria:

  • be an SYP member
  • have an established role in publishing or agenting
  • be able to attend meetings in London

Mentees will be able to apply for the scheme by completing an online application form and providing their CV. All applications will be reviewed by an SYP panel, who will try to pair mentors and mentees as much as possible based on their job description, interest and choices on the application form.


This year we have scrapped the age limit for applications from previous years. Opening up the scheme to members of all ages (there is no age limit to join the Society) who are perhaps career changers or returners is important to us and we believe more diversity in mentoring groups will benefit all.

This year, the SYP will build the streams around areas of interest which the mentees express in their applications, asking candidates to state which areas they are interested in before confirming mentors, in an effort to ensure that the scheme is meeting member’s needs.


Unlike other schemes, instead of being a one-to-one session each SYP mentoring meeting is built around a small group of young publishing professionals (5–10 people per group). Each group is assigned a mentor, a young, dynamic publishing professional who has already achieved a remarkable level of success in his or her career.

Each group will meet their mentor 5/6 times over a period of 6 months, beginning in March. Each mentor will be completely free to organise their mentoring sessions as they see fit. The SYP will support all mentors and can provide a rough outline for the scheme if required.

For any queries regarding the mentor scheme please contact:


Part of the SYP’s mission is to provide tools for young publishing professionals to advance their careers while also expanding their network in the creative industries. The SYP currently provides a wide-ranging series of events and seminars aimed at those who are entering the publishing world for the first time, including a very popular talk at London Book Fair – ‘How to Get into Publishing’.

In 2014 we launched our mentor scheme to address the needs of another group of young publishers – those reaching for the next step in their career. The scheme, whose aim is to provide a set of tools to guide career progress by utilising the experience and expertise of a successful publishing professional and the support of peers, is now renewed for 2016.

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