Mentorship General Information & Eligibility
For the 2018 year, we are offering mentorships to ten upcoming voices — eight aspiring authors (or author/illustrators) and two illustrators — who are diverse or working on diverse books.
This is an opportunity to be matched with an experienced children’s book creator and receive individual support and feedback on a work-in-progress. We are open for applications during October 1-31, 2017.
What: WNDB™ is offering ten mentorships, two in each of the following categories – Picture Book Text (PB), Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), Nonfiction (NF), and Illustration (IL). The winners will communicate with the mentor for approximately one year in a mentor/mentee custom-defined program. This mentorship period will run from late January 2018 to December 15, 2018. Click here to read the press release announcing the mentorship program.
The 2018 mentors for this program are Pat Cummings (I), Alex Gino (MG), Angela Cervantes (MG), Sara Ryan (YA), An Na (YA), Jason Chin (NF), Yolanda Scott (NF), Gwendolyn Hooks (PB), and Jim Averbeck (PB). Cecilia Yung, Laurent Linn, and Patti Ann Harris will serve as a mentor team to one additional illustrator and provide consultations for both winning illustrators. Click here to learn more about each of these mentors.
These mentorships are available to diverse writers or any writers or illustrators who submit a manuscript for children or teens featuring a diverse main character or diverse central subject matter. (See the WNDB™ mission statement page for our inclusive definition of “diverse”). Applicants may only apply for one of the five mentorship categories, so it is up to the applicants to research the available mentors and decide which category will be most suitable for their work. Applicants who do not comply with submission rules will be disqualified. Previous recipients of a WNDB™ Mentorship may not apply.
The first-round judges will select a pool of final applicants based on merit. Mentors will select their mentee based on merit, compatibility, and readiness/need for the mentorship as outlined in their essay. Applicants who do not comply with submission rules will be disqualified.
October 1–October 31, 2017, only