Expression of Interest: First Nations Emerging Critic

9 July, 2019

Deadline: Friday 2nd August (11.59pm)

Running Dog is thrilled to announce our First Nations Emerging Critic Mentorship program. The program will see an emerging writer produce three pieces over the course of six months under the guidance of regular RD contributor Susie Anderson.

Susie Anderson uses words to re-establish emotional connections with place. A Wergaia woman from Western Victoria, her poetry and nonfiction has appeared in The Lifted Brow, Rabbit Poetry, un magazine, Artlink Australia and she was part of the anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia.

This mentorship is open to any writer who identifies as a First Nations writer in the early stages of their career. Applications are open Australia-wide, but please note that Running Dog’s content is currently focused on exhibitions, events and performances taking place in New South Wales. Previous experience writing about contemporary art is not required.  

What will the mentorship involve?

The First Nations Emerging Critic will write three feature articles on a topic of their choice, to be published on Running Dog. The format for each of these pieces will remain open and could involve flash fiction, poetry, hybrid forms, essays or traditional reviews. The critic will be paid a writers fee of $180 for each published piece.

A key component of this mentorship is encouraging an emerging writer to develop their own critical voice, and they will have direct control over form and subject matter. From August 2019 to January 2020 the critic will discuss and workshop their pieces with Susie Anderson, either online or in person. Anticipated publication months for the three articles are September, November and January, but these dates are flexible.

How to apply:

When applying you will be asked for a short bio, a brief response as to why you would like to be involved in this program, and up to three samples of writing. Writing samples may be published or unpublished and can be in any genre.

We’re very happy to discuss your application or any questions you may have before applying—please contact us at 



About Running Dog:

Running Dog is an online arts platform that publishes weekly articles about exhibitions and events taking place in Sydney and regional New South Wales. Running Dog is committed to covering the work of emerging and established artists through circulating regular content about artist run spaces, collectives, commercial galleries, institutions, one-off events and festivals.