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Mentorship 2020: Call for Proposals

Mentor an Aspiring Novelist!

We’re looking for PAL members of SCBWI-Los Angeles who write YA or MG to work with an unpublished novelist member for six months from June 1 – November 30, 2020. You establish the terms of the mentorship and the contest for mentee selection. Our team supports you throughout the process.

What you receive:

– $500 honorarium
– Contest publicity to include your name, headshot, bio, website links, and/or book sales links
– The gratitude of at least one new fan and friend within the SCBWI-Los Angeles membership

Mentors will write a Kite Tales post about their mentorship just before the submission period opens and may be asked to write subsequent posts to help promote the SCBWI-L.A. mentorship program.

What you need to do:

Submit a two-part proposal by January 10, 2020 to

Proposal Part 1: The Mentorship

a) What are your publishing credits? Why would you be a good mentor? What are your areas of expertise?
b) What skills/techniques are you prepared to help develop in your mentee?
c) How will you communicate with your mentee? By phone, email, in-person? How often?
d) What kind of critiques will you provide? Any limits on number of projects?
e) Other information to support your proposal?

Note: the chosen mentor must not solicit business or monies from the mentee during the course of the mentorship.

Proposal Part 2: The Contest

a) Specify the type of writing sample(s) you want to see from applicants. (First 10 pages? Info on multiple manuscripts? Should a synopsis be included? Are you preferential to a particular genre? Should the manuscript be a complete draft or is a work-in-progress okay? Etc.)
b) Specify how you would like applicants to share samples of their work (attached Word or .pdf file; etc.)
c) Provide a list of questions that you want the applicants to answer and/or a list of other relevant information you would like to receive to help you make your decision. (Goals? Bio? Etc.)
d) Other?

The SCBWI-L.A. Contest Coordinator will administrate the contest according to your criteria above (announce the contest, collect and qualify submissions, and turn them over to you for judging and selection of the lucky mentee).

Example: Previous winning proposals


– You must be a PAL author in good standing with SCBWI-Los Angeles.
– Limited to one entry per person.

Deadlines & Suggested Calendar:

Friday, 1/10/20 Mentor proposals due by 11:59pm
Thursday, 1/23/20 Mentor selected by SCBWI-L.A. staff
2/14/20-3/27/20 Mentee applications collected
4/3/20-5/1/20 Mentor judges applications and selects mentee
Wednesday, 6/3/20 Winning mentee announced in Kite Tales
6/1/20-11/30/20 Mentorship

To ensure fairness to all, no questions will be answered.

Thank you & good luck!