Illinois' Mentorships

SCBWI-IL offers fee-free member mentorships & scholarships. Mentorships are supported by SCBWI-IL event attendance fees. If you would like to make a donation to support any of these mentorships, please contact Co-Regional Advisor, Deborah Topolski.

Laura Crawford Memorial Mentorship

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2024 Mentor: Lisa Katzenberger

Take advantage of this career-changing opportunity! Ready your picture book or chapter book manuscript for editorial submission and publication while growing professionally alongside storied Illinois mentor, Lisa Katzenberger.

SCBWI-IL Illustrator Mentorship


SCBWI-IL Illustrator Mentorship

Elevate your children's picture book illustration journey. Applications for the SCBWI-IL Illustrator Mentorship will open in 2026. This incredible opportunity will take your illustration skills to new heights and is a gateway to growth and development as an illustrator for the children's book industry.

Becky Mabry Memorial Scholarship

SCBWI-IL Prairie Writer's & Illustrator's Day Scholarship

Elizabeth Fama PWID Scholarship

Many Voices Prize

Many Voices Work-in-Progress Mentorship