2024 KSMO Illustrator Mentorship with Daniel Miyares

The KSMO SCBWI Illustrator Mentorship for 2024 is with author/ illustrator and local Kansas/Missouri SCBWI PAL member Daniel Miyares!

Who is eligible?

Applications open August 1-September 1, 2023 to any current KSMO SCBWI premium member not published or under contract for illustration and who have not won a previous KSMO SCBWI mentorship.

What do you win?

This mentorship is offered to acknowledge pre-published regional illustrators’ exceptional illustrations and present an opportunity to receive feedback from a published illustrator on a current work in progress.


What can the winner expect? In January 2024, the mentor will coordinate directly with the chosen mentee regarding how many pieces will be critiqued, how many revisions will be allowed, and whether meetings will be online, in person, by email, or phone. The mentor will provide feedback on your portfolio with specific comments to direction (is the portfolio focused and hire-able or lacking in direction), presentation (are the layouts presented well, could additional work related to a piece help to build that up), which pieces should the mentee consider dropping and which they should build upon. Up to 2 more meetings may occur at the discretion of the mentor during the 2024 calendar year. 

This is not a guarantee of a hire-able portfolio and can be for an artist at any stage of their journey. The hope is to provide the mentee with direction for their ongoing path and a friendly voice for support and understanding!

About the Mentor:

Crystal Kite winner Daniel Miyares!

Daniel Miyares is a critically acclaimed and award winning picture book author and illustrator. Some of his books include: Float, Night Out, Hope At Sea, and Bring Me A Rock!. Daniel has been called “…a master of visual storytelling.”- Jody Hewston, Kinderlit, and “…enchanting, versatile” – The New York Times. He believes that our stories have the power to connect us all. Daniel’s story currently takes place in Lenexa, KS with his wife, their two wonderful children, and a dog named Violet that gives them all a run for their money.

Some of his partners have included: Anne Schwartz Books, Chronicle Books, Levine Querido, Candlewick Press, Simon & Schuster BFYR, Nancy Paulsen Books, FSG (BYR), North/South Books, Charlesbridge Publishing, The NY Times.

Winner to be announced in October 2023!

Applications Open: August 1, 2023

Deadline: September 1, 2023

Cost: Free to SCBWI Kansas and Missouri members

When: We will begin accepting applications on August 1. Please do not submit materials until this date. Deadline to apply is September 1, 2023.

What: Enter one piece of artwork to be chosen to be critiqued over time by Daniel Miyares!

Application Directions:

Email Andy Lozano at ksmosubmissions@gmail.com with the illustration you would like to work on with Daniel Miyares. Please read and follow these guidelines carefully in order for your submission to receive full consideration.

1.  Your illustration file needs to be sized at 72dpi, and saved as a jpg. The file name should include your initials, not your name. (e.g.: AEK_2024mentorship.jpg)

2.   Include a brief bio in your submission email that lists publication credits, professional training, and what you hope to gain from the mentorship.

3.  Submissions should be sent to Andy Lozano at ksmosubmissions@gmail.com between August 1st and September 1, 2023.  Your email subject line should read “2024 Illustration Mentorship Application”.

4.   Failure to follow these guidelines will disqualify your application from consideration.