SCBWI

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Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 Mentor Program – Registration

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Date(s) - 01/07/2020 - 01/01/2021
7:00 am - 11:30 pm

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Picture Book Mentor Program

Registration opens January 7th, 2020!

Mentor Judith L. Roth

 

Chapter Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult Mentor Program

Registration opens February 1st, 2020!

Mentor Sharon Biggs Waller

 

Introducing The Pitch-Ready Manuscript/ Illustrator Mentorship

 

We are happy to announce the Indiana SCBWI mentorships for Indiana SCBWI members. This is an opportunity to spit polish and shine your work, and to work one-on-one with an author. The rules are simple, but please read carefully as there are many details and dates to know.

 

Membership as defined by the SCBWI:

Associate Membership

Open to unpublished writers and illustrators of children’s literature or media, and those with a general enthusiasm for the field. Writers or illustrators who have been published in markets other than children’s literature (but not in children’s literature), as well as journalists, bloggers, educators, teachers and librarians.

Full Membership

Open to those whose books, articles, poems, stories, illustrations, photographs, films, television or electronic media for children have been published or produced.

PAL Membership

PAL stands for “Published and Listed.” PAL membership status is open to those who have had at least one book or article published by traditional publishing houses that meet our PAL Publisher Guidelines and are listed on our PAL Publisher list.

 

We are offering mentorships over the next two years in the following categories:

 

  1. Picture book, fiction and non-fiction, for Indiana SCBWI associate or full members as defined by the SCBWI. If you are not an Indiana resident and have attended two Indiana conferences or workshops in the last year, (defined as the Autumn Frost Retreat, all three of our Webinars, Illustrator’s Day, Nonfiction Day, or the Diversity Conference) you can apply.

 

One manuscript/story up to 800 words for fiction and up to 1,000 words for nonfiction. Submitting more than one story within the word limit will be a disqualification.

 

Lines double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font, with 1” margins – unless poetry – then use poetry style, single space lines and double space between stanzas.

 

The winner will be working with our mentor three times over the designed time period, meeting by email, phone or other preference agreed upon by mentor. The last meeting will include a query letter and suggestions by the mentor where to send your manuscript. All applicants will receive a short critique.

 

 

We hope to have four opportunities for picture book, fiction and nonfiction, writers in 2020.

 

Round 1. Submissions open for picture books, fiction and nonfiction by Jan. 8. If you attended the Autumn Frost Retreat, or signed up for all three of our Webinars, you are invited to apply on Jan. 7.  The mentorship will remain open to the first 20 people or until Jan 15. Winner announced on Jan 31. All correspondence must be concluded by April 1.

 

Round 2 will open on April 2 for picture books, fiction and nonfiction. If you attended the Autumn Frost Retreat, or signed up for all three of our Webinars, you are invited to apply on April 1. The mentorship will remain open to the first 20 people or until April 15. Winner announced on April 30. All correspondence must be concluded by July 1.

 

Round 3 will open on July 2 for picture books, fiction and nonfiction. If you attended the Nonfiction Day or the Illustrator’s Day you are invited to apply on July 1. The mentorship will remain open to the first 20 people or until July 15. Winner announced on July 31. All correspondence must be concluded by Oct. 1.

 

Round 4 will open on Oct 2 for picture books, fiction and nonfiction. If you attended the Nonfiction Day or the Illustrator’s Day you are invited to apply on Oct.1. The mentorship will remain open to the first 20 people or until Oct 15. Winner announced on Oct 30. All correspondence must be concluded by Dec 31.

 

  1. Chapter books, middle-grade, and young adult for Indiana SCBWI associate and full members as defined by the SCBWI. If you are not an Indiana resident and have attended two Indiana conferences or workshops in the last year, (defined as the Autumn Frost Retreat, all three of our Webinars, Illustrator’s Day, Nonfiction Day, or the Diversity Conference) you can apply.

 

Submit a maximum of 5 pages double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, with 1” margins, plus a one page, double spaced synopsis. Our mentor can ask for more pages if needed.

 

Submissions open on Feb 3, 2020. If you attended the Autumn Frost Retreat, or signed up for all three of our Webinars, you can apply on Feb. 1. The mentorship will remain open to the first 20 people or until Feb. 14. Winner announced on March 1. Mentorship will last over the course of one year, meeting for a total of four times throughout the year or approximately every two months as agreed upon by the mentor and mentee. The last meeting will be to work on query letter and suggestions for submission. The mentorship will end on Feb. 1, 2021.

 

  1. A mentorship for PAL members as defined by the SCBWI. This PAL mentorship is open to all SCBWI PAL members.

 

Submit a picture book, fiction or nonfiction, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult – maximum of 10 pages double spaced.

 

Submissions open on Jan. 1, 2021. The mentorship will remain open to the first 20 people or until Jan 16. Winner announced on March Feb 1. Mentorship will last over the course of one year, meeting for a total of four times throughout the year or approximately every two months or as agreed upon by the mentor and mentee. Mentor to be announced.

 

  1. Indiana SCBWI Illustrators

 

Theme: TBA – one piece of art.

 

Submissions will open on March 1, 2021. The mentorship will remain open to the first 20 people or until March 16. Winner will be announced on March 31. The mentor will work with the mentee three times over the next six months on the piece of illustration of choice. Mentor to be announced.

 

 

General Rules:

 

  1. Indiana SCBWI members whose primary residence is Indiana will be able to submit one manuscript per category with a submission fee of $25. If a non-Indiana SCBWI member has attended two IN SCBWI conferences or workshops (defined as the Autumn Frost Retreat, all three of our webinars, Illustrator’s Day, Nonfiction Day, or the Diversity Conference) in the last year they will be eligible and can apply one manuscript per category.

 

PAL manuscripts will be open to all SCBWI PAL members.

 

  1. Manuscripts will be judged on:

Language and age appropriateness.

Plot and concept development

Character arc

Originality

If picture book or chapter book – illustration potential

 

Illustrators will be judged on:

Theme: tba

Composition

Palette harmony

Originality

Story telling ability

 

 

  1. Only one winner will be chosen by the mentor in each category. Each mentor will have the right to ask for additional pages or work. Only one manuscript will be critiqued during the designed time limits. Meetings to discuss work will be dictated by the mentor in agreement with the mentee, but must be completed by end due date.

 

  1. The mentorship will be announced on our IN SCBWI website https://indiana.scbwi.org , and on our FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Go to https://indiana.scbwi.org when registration opens. Mentorships will be capped at 20 registrants.

 

  1. Indiana SCBWI reserves the right to cancel any mentorship at any time.

 

  1. Questions? Contact: Diane Bradley-Kantor at indiana-ara@scbwi.org

 

 

How to Submit:

Register for the event on the Indiana SCBWI website. Both the opening and closing deadline for submissions are midnight of the dates specified for each of the categories.

 

Once registered, you will receive instructions where to send your application package to.

 

  1. A) Writers will submit one manuscript attached as a Word document. The document must be formatted using 12-point Times New Roman font with 1” inch margins. It also must have the title at the top of the first page with the text starting in the next line. There is no need to start halfway down the page. Put your title and the page number in the header. Do not put your name on your manuscript.

 

In the body of the email, please include:

1) Your name as listed in the SCBWI registry

2) The mentorship you’re entering

3) Your manuscript title

4) Your email

5) Your telephone number

6) Attach your word document, without your name on the document, to the email.

 

We are thrilled to announce our first mentors. For picture books fiction and nonfiction, Judith L. Roth has agreed mentor the first round.

 

Judith L. Roth is the author of the picture books, including Goodnight, Dragon, Cups Held Out, Julia’s Words, middle grade book Serendipity & Me, and her article , My Corner of the World, Highlights, March 2019. She lives in Elkhart, Indiana with her family and three cats.

Judy writes;

“When I was about ten, it occurred to me that books are written by people and I was a person.  I could create my favorite things–I could write books!  I got a bachelor’s degree in English and music. I think my music education helps me write poetry. My first poem was accepted for publication before I graduated.  I had some success with poetry, but my biggest dream was to write fiction for children.  My first fiction piece was accepted about 25 years after the first submission.  Finally!”

 

 

For our chapter books, middle grade and young adult books, Sharon Biggs Waller has agreed to be our first mentor.

 

Sharon Biggs Waller is the Friends of American Writers award winning author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels The Forbidden Orchid, A Mad, Wicked Folly, and Girls on the Verge. She writes for magazines about horses, chickens, and farming, and she’s a co-author of The Original Horse Bible. Previously, she worked as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace. In addition to writing, she is a dressage rider and trainer, a fiber artist, and a Planned Parenthood clinic escort. She lives on a 10-acre sustainable hobby farm in a ghost town in Northwest Indiana with her husband Mark, two horses, twelve dairy goats, four cats, two dogs, twenty laying hens, and a gaggle of geese.

 

Sharon’s latest book Girls on the Verge, April, 2019, has already been nominated for the 2020 Young Adult Library Services Association Best Fiction for Young Adults, a Cosmopolitan Best New Book of 2019, a Bustle Top 35 Books of Spring, an Amazon Number One New Release in Teen & Young Adult Theater Fiction.

Registration opens January 7, 2020. Register below.

Questions? Contact: Diane Bradley-Kantor at indiana-ara@scbwi.org

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