2024 SCBWI-IL Illustration Mentorship

2024 Illustrator Mentorship Details and Application


SCBWI-IL and Jacqueline Alcántara invite you to apply for the 2024 Illustrator Mentorship

Elevate your children's picture book illustration journey: Apply Now for the 2024 SCBWI-IL Illustrator Mentorship!

We are excited to announce that details and application for the SCBWI-IL Illustrator Mentorship 2024 are now available! This incredible opportunity could take your illustration skills to new heights. Are you ready to push the boundaries of your work and receive valuable insight from seasoned professional Jackie Alacántara? The SCBWI-IL Illustrator Mentorship is your gateway to growth and development as an illustrator for the children's book industry.

How to Apply:

  1. Review Eligibility Criteria: You must be a current SCBWI Illinois member and must never have had work in the category of picture books traditionally published.
  2. Prepare your Portfolio: Four illustrations appropriate for children's picture books must be included on your application, with 2 images being from a page-turn sequence.
  3. Craft an Artist's Statement: In 500 words or less, conveying what this mentorship would mean to you.
  4. Submit your Application: Download the application and submit by JANUARY 26, 2024 11:59 PM.

Please note: Submissions are due by Friday, January 26, 2024 by 11:59 PM. Late submissions will not accepted. The winner will be announced through our newsletter and social media on Thursday, February 1, 2024.


Our 2024 Mentor: Jacqueline Alcántara


Application for this 3-month commitment is open to all Illinois members

Meet this years mentor, Jacqueline Alcántara, a Chicago based illustrator and educator. Her books include the award-winning The Field and its companion Climb On!, both written by Baptiste Paul, Freedom Soup, written by New York Times bestselling author Tami Charles, Jump at the Sun, written by Newbery Honoree Alicia D. Williams, and Your Mama, written by NoNieqa Ramos, which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and latest release Ordinary Days, a poetic biography of musician Prince, written by Angela Joy. Her works have received multiple starred reviews and been named Best Books of the Year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness and The Horn Book, among others. Forthcoming books including Jam, too? written by JaNay Brown-Wood, Wifredo’s Jungle, written by Newberry Honoree Margarita Engle, and Tíos and Primos her debut as author and illustrator. Jacqueline spends her days drawing, traveling, teaching at Columbia College Chicago, and adventuring with her dogs. She is fueled by dance music, carbs and coffee, and has a boundless interest in learning new skills and taking on new challenges.