SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018-2019 MNSCBWI Mentorships

MNSCBWI is excited to announce our 2018-2019 Mentorship Program winners. Congrats!
The winner of the Writer Mentorship is Stephen Nesser.
The winner of the Illustrator Mentorship is Alyssa Sinnen.

The mentorship program is open to SCBWI members and includes a one-year, one-on-one mentoring relationship with an established author or illustrator. This year’s mentors are author, Cynthia Surrisi, and illustrator, Alicia Schwab.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted July 1 – August 15, 2018.

Eligibility:

You must be a current member at the time work is submitted and during the mentorship year.

A member may apply for either mentorship; YOU MAY NOT APPLY FOR BOTH.

You may not be the recipient of a MNSCBWI mentorship in the previous two years (2017-2018 or 2016-2017).

MNSCBWI reserves the right to withhold one or both mentorships.

The recipient(s) of the mentorship(s) isn’t necessarily the “best” submission, but someone who the judges feel would benefit the most. The mentor and mentee determine the mentorship relationship. Mentors may provide critique, instruction, ideas, etc. through one-on-one meetings, email, and/or phone calls.

 

Submission Guidelines for Writer Mentorship:

PLEASE FOLLOW THE BELOW INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY. Please submit your application via email ONLY. Please include all descriptive info as ONE PDF ATTACHMENT and the manuscript as a SECOND PDF ATTACHMENT. We will NOT accept a Word Document.

YOUR FIRST PDF ATTACHMENT MUST INCLUDE:

A cover page that contains: your name and manuscript title. Our mentor will be accepting Middle Grade only.

A double-spaced essay, stating in 500 words or less why you should be selected and what you hope to accomplish during the year if chosen. Please do not include any personally identifying information.

YOUR SECOND PDF ATTACHMENT MUST INCLUDE:

The first five (5) pages of your completed manuscript with title and page numbers in the header. You must have a complete draft to submit. Please do not include any personally identifying information WITHIN THE PDF. Your manuscript sample must be double-spaced and cannot exceed 5 pages. WE DO NOT NEED A SEPARATE TITLE PAGE. YOUR COVER PAGE DOUBLES AS A TITLE PAGE. Please use 12 point, Times New Roman font.

Please label your PDF’s as Writing First Name_Last Name (example: Writing Mary_Ford)

Please put MNSCBWI Writer Mentorship in the subject line of the e-mail with your First and Last Name (example: MNSCBWI Writer Mentorship Mary_Ford). E-mail your completed application to Celia Waldock, Mentorship Coordinator: celia2mentorships@gmail.com

 

Submission Guidelines for Illustrator Mentorship:

PLEASE FOLLOW THE BELOW INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY. Please submit your application via email ONLY. Please include all descriptive info as ONE PDF ATTACHMENT. We will NOT accept a Word Document.

YOUR PDF ATTACHEMENT MUST INCLUDE:

A cover page that contains: a title or brief description of each illustration (in the order in which they are presented), the dimensions of the original work, the medium, and a line or two from or about the story or scene that’s being depicted. Please do not include any personally identifying information.

A double-spaced essay, stating in 500 words or less why you should be selected and what you hope to accomplish during the year if chosen. Please do not include any personally identifying information.

Five (5) images; all images must be formatted as JPEGs at 72 dpi, maximum size 1MB. Total file size may not exceed 4MB. Include the title only on each illustration. Please do not include any personally identifying information.

Please label your PDF as Illustration First Name_Last Name (example: Illustration Mary_Ford)

Please put MNSCBWI Illustrator Mentorship in the subject line of the e-mail with your First and Last Name (example: MNSCBWI Illustrator Mentorship Mary_Ford). E-mail your completed application to Celia Waldock, Mentorship Coordinator: celia2mentorships@gmail.com

 

BIO / C. M. Surrisi has a BFA, a JD, and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She has taught writing at UNC-Asheville and conducted workshops at SCBWILA, NESCBWI, HISCBWI, MNSCBWI, SEYA, and SCSLA. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, SCBWI, Women’s National Book Association, NLAPW, and the Author’s Guild. Her books include: The Best Mother (PB), The Maypop Kidnapping (MG), Vampires on the Run (MG), and A Side of Sabatoge (MG). Along with her husband, and two dogs she lives in St. Paul, MN. She is the MNSCBWI Assistant Regional Advisor and is represented by Wernick and Pratt Literary Agency. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter or visit her website at https://cmsurrisi.com/

 

BIO / Alicia Schwab has a BFA in art and design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and began her career by co-founding a graphic design firm in Hannover, Germany. She now lives in Plymouth, MN with her husband, daughter, and their dog. Alicia is the MNSCBWI Illustrator Coordinator and has illustrated the following books: Great Group Skits (for teens), Good Grief/Pet Loss (for adults), and THE MUKLUK BALL (PB to be released Nov’18). You can find her on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Her website is: https://www.aliciaschwab.com/

 

If you are interested in mentoring, please contact Quinette Cook, Regional Advisor, at minnesota-ra@scbwi.org