WNDB Mentorship Program & Application 2017

Hello, Poets! We are hard at work developing exciting events and a very useful resource page for the literary-minded undergrad and post-grad students. We’re looking forward to another exciting year ahead.

Here’s a great oppurtunity for our students brought to us by one of our members. Poets are more than welcome to come to any of our October meetings (Mondays, 5:30pm, in Hoover Hall) and discuss this application, or schedule a meeting with any one of our awesome English profs.

The following information is copied from their website, which you can peruse here.


The WNDB™ Mentorship Program had a successful first year! Read about it here and here and here.

For the 2017 year, we are offering mentorships to ten upcoming voices—eight aspiring authors and two illustrators—who are diverse or working on diverse books. This is an opportunity to be matched with an experienced children’s book creator and receive individual support and feedback on a work-in-progress. We are open for applications during October 1-31, 2016.

What: WNDB™ is offering ten mentorships, two in each of the following categories – Picture Book Text (PB), Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), Nonfiction (NF), and Illustration (IL). The winners will communicate with the mentor for approximately one year in a mentor/mentee custom-defined program. This mentorship period will run from late January 2017 to December 15, 2017. Click here to read the press release announcing the mentorship program.

The 2017 mentors for this program are Kevin Lewis (PB), Tara Lazar (PB), William Alexander (MG), Ellen Oh (MG), Padma Venkatraman (YA), Alex Sanchez (YA), Jane Yolen (NF), Carole Boston Weatherford (NF), and Juana Martinez-Neal (IL). One additional illustrator mentor will be announced soon. Click here to learn more about each of these mentors as well as past 2016 mentors. (You can also read more about the past illustrator mentorship here.)

Eligibility: These mentorships are available to diverse writers or any writers or illustrators who submit a manuscript for children or teens featuring a diverse main character or diverse central subject matter. (See the WNDB™ mission statement page for our inclusive definition of “diverse”). Applicants may only apply for one of the five mentorship categories, so it is up to the applicants to research mentors and decide which category is most suitable for their work. Applicants who do not comply with submission rules will be disqualified.

Judges’ Criteria: The first-round judges will select a pool of final applicants based on merit. Mentors will select their mentee based on merit, compatibility, and readiness/need for the mentorship as outlined in their essay. Applicants who do not comply with submission rules will be disqualified.

Cost: Free

Submission Period: October 1–October 31, 2016, only

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