Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Mentorship Winners!

Congratulations to Keighley Sadler (Illustration), Peter Dargatz (PB), Fern Brown (MG), and Kate McKinney (YA).


We received dozens of highly qualified applicants across the categories, and our mentors had a tough time selecting—expressing that it was not an easy decision by saying:


“The candidates were so talented – it was hard to choose!”

“I carefully considered all the manuscripts, explanations, and artist statements. It really was a difficult decision, and I respect how much thought and work went into each one.”

“Please let the other writers know that I enjoyed reading their pages a great deal and found it a difficult decision to make. I wish I could have chosen more than one! I wish them luck with their projects.”


Whether you participated or not, remember that your SCBWI membership entitles you to apply for additional awards, grants, and mentorships through and other links posted at the blue board forums. Please consider taking advantage of these opportunities.


The 2019 mentors for this program are: Leah Danz (Illustration), Linda Vander Heyden (PB), Julie Mata (MG), and Bridget Birdsall (YA). Mentor Bios can be viewed HERE.