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Mentorship 2021: Call for Proposals

Mentor an Aspiring Nonfiction Author or Author/Illustrator!

We’re looking for PAL members of SCBWI-Los Angeles who write (or write & illustrate) nonfiction to work with an unpublished member for six months, from August 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022. 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

NOTE: 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 March 29, 2021 to

Proposal Part 1: The Mentorship

a) Indicate whether the mentorship will be open to nonfiction writers and/or writer/illustrators.
b) What are your publishing credits? Why would you be a good mentor? What are your areas of expertise?
c) What skills/techniques are you prepared to help develop in your mentee?
d) How will you communicate with your mentee? By phone, email, Zoom/Skype, etc.? How often?
e) What kind of critiques will you provide? Any limits on number of projects?
f) 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 (and/or illustration) sample(s) you want to see from applicants. (First 10 pages? Info on multiple manuscripts? Should a synopsis be included? 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:

Monday, 3/29/21 Mentor proposals due by 11:59pm
Friday, 4/9/21 Mentor selected by SCBWI-L.A. staff
4/19/21 – 5/31/21 Mentee applications collected
6/7/21 – 6/25/21 Mentor reviews applications and selects mentee
Wednesday, 7/28/21 Winning mentee announced in Kite Tales
8/1/21 – 1/31/22 Mentorship

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

Thank you & good luck!