The SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho Mentorship Program was created to help writers polish their
manuscripts with the help of established professionals in their field. Over a period of six months,
mentees will receive critique and career advice from their mentors to help them succeed in the
world of children’s publishing.
This mentorship is open to all SCBWI members.
Application Period: September 1-30, 2023
Announcement of Mentees: November 1, 2023
Critiques Sent for those not selected: November 15, 2023
Mentorship Period: January 1, 2024 - June 30, 2024
Application Fee: $45 (Includes a critique if you are not selected as a mentee)
Registration Fee: $375 for the selected mentees.
Members of the SCBWI who have not yet been published or signed a book or illustration
contract in the category they are applying for are eligible. Agented authors and illustrators are
welcome to apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Writers interested in the program will register, pay a $45 application fee, and submit a completed
questionnaire and writing sample between September 1 and September 30, 2023 (see below for
more information about the writing sample). Applicants may only apply for one mentorship per
year. Each mentor will choose one mentee based on the application package. Chosen mentees
will pay a non-refundable $375 registration fee (the application fee will apply toward this
Applicants who are not selected will receive a critique of the work they submitted from the
mentor for their category. These critiques will be sent back to applicants by November 15, 2023.
Because the mentors will be providing critiques, the number of applicants for each
mentorship will be capped.
The selected mentees will be announced on November 1, 2023, and the mentorship period will
run for six months, from January 1, 2024 to June 30, 2024.
Each chosen mentee will receive four meetings with their mentor. These meetings can be in
person, by phone, or by video conference. Each mentor will set individual goals for the span of
the mentorship based on the needs of their mentee. This will include at least fifty pages of
manuscript critique for novelists, and two additional manuscripts (3 total) for picture book
writers. It could also include revisions and/or query letters, depending on the needs of the
mentee. Mentors will also give career advice, as needed, and be available for questions by email.
Mentees will turn in additional pages or revisions as scheduled with their mentor throughout the
six month period of the mentorship.
How to apply:
1. Log in as an SCBWI member and complete the registration form below. There is a $45
application fee, payable through the registration form.
2. Click HERE (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1itrPzdrBILjhkfxvTj1uU7vyWrmZfXLf?usp=share_link) to download the questionnaire and fill it in. You can fill in the answers on
the document using Word or Pages (or print it, write in the answers, and scan the pages).
Email your completed questionnaire and your writing sample in .doc format to
firstname.lastname@example.org between September 1-30, 2023. Please put your
name and the category of your work in the subject line (example: Jane Doe, Picture Book
Writing Sample Submissions:
All submissions should be double-spaced in black, 12 pt Times New Roman font with 1”
margins. Be sure to number pages in the header and include a cover page with title, author name,
and contact information (cover page will not affect overall page count). Writing samples should
be submitted as a .doc document. Please note that your submissions must be for the project
you plan to work on with the mentor.
Please submit one completed picture book manuscript. Manuscripts should be text only (no
dummies) but may include illustrator notes.
Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels:
Please submit up to the first 10 pages of your project. As part of the same file, also submit a 1-2
page synopsis of your project (synopses may be single-spaced).
Please name your files as follows:
Questionnaire: [First Name]_[Last Name]_[Mentorship Applying For].doc
Writing Sample: [First Name]_[Last Name]_[Title].doc
If you have questions, please contact the Mentor Coordinator at
Celesta Rimington is the award-winning author of The Elephant’s Girl and Tips for Magicians, published by Crown Books for Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books. Celesta has visited with thousands of elementary and middle school children across the country in assemblies and classrooms, encouraging them to write their own stories. She holds a degree in sociology from Brigham Young University and is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. She's an elephant advocate, a musical theater performer, and an active participant in the writing community. Celesta now lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two children, and a five-pound Yorkie named Winston. Find her online at celestarimington.com
Annie Bailey is a children’s author and songwriter. She is the author of the 10 Little Vehicle board book series which includes upcoming titles 10 Little Race Cars and 10 Little Construction Trucks (Summer 2024, Doubleday Books for Young Readers), the board book Hush, Little Hero (Little Simon) as well as the picture book Mud! (Abrams Appleseed). She has also released a children’s album titled There is Joy. Annie has served on the 2015 and 2016 Best in Rhyme Award committee and as Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho region. She lives in rural Idaho in a renovated farmhouse complete with her very own train car. (Which, of course, has time traveling capabilities.) Visit Annie at anniebailey.com or on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @byanniebailey.