SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019-2020 Mentorship Program

MNSCBWI is excited to announce that the 2019-2020 Mentorship Program is accepting submissions! 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, Miriam McNamara, and illustrator, Nancy Meyers (see below for more information on each mentor).

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted July 21 – August 24, 2019.

Eligibility:

  1. You must be a current member at the time work is submitted and during the mentorship year.
  2. A member may apply for either mentorship; YOU MAY NOT APPLY FOR BOTH.
  3. You may not be the recipient of a MNSCBWI mentorship in the previous two years (2018-2019 or 2017-2018).
  4. MNSCBWI reserves the right to withhold one or both mentorships.
  5. 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 mentorship recipient 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, your 500-word essay as a SECOND PDF ATTACHMENT, and the manuscript as a THIRD PDF ATTACHMENT WITHOUT YOUR NAME OR IDENTIFYING INFO ON ANY PAGE. We will NOT accept a Word Document.

YOUR FIRST PDF ATTACHMENT MUST INCLUDE:

  1. A cover page that contains: your name, manuscript title, and category (Picture Book, MG, YA, Non-Fiction). Our mentor will be accepting All Manuscripts.

YOUR SECOND PDF ATTACHMENT MUST INCLUDE:

  1. 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 in this document. Please include your name on the digital name of the document only.

YOUR THIRD PDF ATTACHMENT MUST INCLUDE:

  1. The first 5 pages of your completed manuscript with title and page numbers in the header. You must have a completed draft in order to submit the first 5 pages. Please do not include any personally identifying information WITHIN THE PDF. Please include your name on the digital name of the document only.
  2. 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.
  3. Please label your PDF’s as Category, First Name, Last Name
    (example: MG, Mary Ford)
  4. 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 INSTRUCTIONS BELOW COMPLETELY. Please submit your application via email ONLY. Please include all descriptive info as ONE PDF ATTACHMENT and a SECOND PDF ATTACHMENT with your 500-word essay with NO PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION INCLUDED. Please include your name on the digital name of the document only. And a THIRD ATTACHMENT with your 5 illustrations. We will NOT accept a Word Document.

YOUR FIRST PDF ATTACHMENT MUST INCLUDE:

  1. A cover page that contains your name, 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.

YOUR SECOND PDF ATTACHMENT MUST INCLUDE:

  1. 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 THIRD ATTACHMENT MUST INCLUDE:

  1. 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 within the illustration jpegs. Label only the digital title with personally identifying info.
  2. 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 / Nancy Meyers has illustrated many books for children including the KING & KAYLA series by Dori Hillestad Butler (Peachtree Publishers), which was awarded two Theodore Seuss Geisel Honors (2018, 2019) and recognition from ALSC Notable Children’s Books, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books, Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Younger Readers, and the Nerdy Book Club. Other publishing clients include Language Together, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Cambridge University Press, Free Spirit Publishing, and Buster Books. Her illustrations have been featured in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair SCBWI Illustrators’ Gallery in 2012 and 2016. She also works as a teaching assistant for second grade reading/phonics and loves sharing ideas and information with teachers and librarians. Nancy has been a member of SCBWI since 2000 and is also a member of the Loft Literary Center. Follow her on Twitter @nancydrewit or visit her website at www.nancydrewit.com.

BIO / Miriam McNamara has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She also completed a PB certificate during her MFA. Her books include: THE UNBINDING OF MARY READE (YA), which won the Gold Medal for Young Adult Fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, and the Norma Fox Mazer Award for a work-in-progress; and AN IMPOSSIBLE DISTANCE TO FALL (YA), which released July 2, 2019 from Sky Pony Press. Miriam lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her two dogs, but she also calls Asheville, North Carolina home. She is represented by Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit her website at http://www.miriammcnamara.com

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