Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Mentorship Program


Read all about our Third Annual Mentorship Program below! Then click the links to Meet our Mentors, View Testimonials, or Download the Application  in .pdf or .docx.

The Application Deadline for 2019 has Passed.


About the Program

Do you have a completed manuscript that needs help with revision? If yes, then do not miss out on our new mentorship program. For a six-month period, writers will work one-on-one with a published author to analyze and revise their manuscript.

Eligibility: This program is open to SCBWI members.

Tuition Cost: $700.00 covers six months of one-on-one work with a published author.

Deadline: July 30, 2019

Application materials:

  1. A cover letter with the following information (not exceeding 250 words): Your experience with critique groups, paid critiques, how long you’ve been working on this project, and any other relevant information that concerns your project.
  1. Category Expectations:

Middle grade/Young Adult: A one-page pitch or synopsis and 20 standard double-spaced manuscript pages of one completed, polished work of up to 50,000 words. For longer manuscripts, applicants can provide a synopsis of remaining chapters after the 50,000-word limit.

Nonfiction: A bibliography plus either one full standard double-spaced manuscript of up to 1500 words you intend to work on or, if completed manuscript will be more than 1500 words, the first two chapters plus an overview and outline.

Picture Book Text/ Picture Book Text and Illustration: Up to two full standard double-spaced manuscripts of up to 1000 words or dummies.

Illustration Portfolio: Up to two illustration portfolios plus a one-page letter about your story and your vision for it.

Your name must NOT appear on any page of the manuscript, synopsis, or portfolio. Your name and contact information should only be located in your email.

Please mention which category you are applying to. Send your application materials as a Word or RTF document (or PDFs for dummies/illustrations). Applications should be sent to with Mentorship Application in the subject line. The application deadline is July 30, 2019.

Here is the tentative timeline:

May 2019 – July 30, 2019 –  Application period

August 2019 – September 2019  – Applications review and selection

October 2019–  Mentees announced and mentorship begins.

May 2020 – Mentorship Reception


Inclusivity Scholarship Information:

The SCBWI WWA Mentorship Program Inclusivity Scholarship is available to diverse candidates who are interested in pursuing the program with a published, qualified mentor. Please review our scholarship guidelines below and send us the required materials along with your application.

One of the missions of our program is to make the mentorship opportunity as accessible as possible. We believe that encouraging deserving writers of all backgrounds can be powerful and life-changing. Our chapter recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIAP+, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

It is for these reasons that we are pleased to offer two scholarship opportunities this year.

Two successful applicants will receive a full scholarship for the mentorship program, valued at $700.00.

To be considered, please indicate on your application that you’re applying for a diversity scholarship. Please also submit an additional one-page artist statement with your application describing

  1. Within what areas of diversity do you identify?
  2. How does your work identify as diverse?
  3. Where do you see yourself after completing the mentorship program?
  4. Tell us about some of the ways your love of diverse kids’ books is part of your everyday life.

The scholarships, if awarded, will be based on a combination of the work and the artist statement. If the scholarship recipients are selected, the winners will be announced in September 2018, and they will receive a full scholarship for the mentorship program, valued at $700.00


Eligibility Criteria: Eligibility is subject to review by the SCBWI WWA Mentorship Program Committee.

  1. Applicant must identify as coming from a diverse background as one or more of the following:
    1. LGBTQIAP+
    2. person of color
    3. person with a disability
    4. Ethnic, cultural, or religious minority in the United States.
  2. Applicant must be a member of SCBWI to apply.


2019 Categories and Mentors

Click to read more about Our Mentors, or to view program Testimonials from previous years.

And don’t forget to download your application as a .pdf or .docx.

Sl No. Mentor Name Category
1 Lois Brandt Picture Book Text
2 Peggy King Anderson Picture Book Text
3 Rae McDonald Picture Book Text
4 Rebecca Van Slyke Picture Book Text
5 Brianna Caplan Sayres Picture Book Text
6 Terri Cohlene Picture Book Text
7 Kevan Atteberry Illustration Portfolio
8 Amy Hevron Illustration Portfolio
9 Jing Jing Tsong Illustration Portfolio
10 Wendy Wahman Illustration Portfolio
11 Jo Gershman Illustration Portfolio
12 Suzanne Kaufman Illustration Portfolio
13 Curtis Manley Nonfiction
14 Mary Boone Nonfiction
15 Ailynn Collins Middle Grade
16 Sundee Frazier Middle Grade
17 Suzanne Selfors Middle Grade
18 Kim Baker Middle Grade
19 Kirby Larson Middle Grade
20 Kristin Halbrook Middle Grade
21 Mark Maciejewski Middle Grade
22 Dan Gemeinhart Middle Grade
23 Kevin Emerson Young Adult
24 Kelly Jones Young Adult
25 J Anderson Coates Young Adult
26 Michele Bacon Young Adult
27 Jeanne Ryan Young Adult