We received dozens of highly qualified applicants across the categories, and our mentors had a tough time selecting this year. Our mentors expressed that it was not an easy decision, saying:
“This was really, really, really difficult to choose. In fact, I tried to figure out if there was a way I could choose two, but that’s really not practical. Please let all the applicants know that this was not an easy decision.”
“Thank you to all who submitted your work. I was so excited to read such imaginative and important stories. All the submissions were great. My decision was difficult. I look forward to reading the rest of your novels in the near future.”
“I would like to thank all those who submitted applications for this mentorships, I was so impressed with the level of work and professionalism. I encourage everyone to continue their pursuits, and wish them success in the future.”
Whether you participated or not, remember that your SCBWI membership entitles you to apply for additional awards, grants, and mentorships through scbwi.org and other links posted at the blue board forums. Please consider taking advantage of these opportunities.
The 2018 mentors for this program are: Deb Gross (Illustration), Jamie Swenson (PB), Jeanne Styczinski (PB Self Publishing), Jane Kelley (MG/YA), and Pat Schmatz (MG/YA Diversity). Mentor Bios can be viewed HERE.