Announcing the New England SCBWI Mentoring Program


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New England SCBWI is thrilled to announce


New England SCBWI Mentoring Program


Four by Four


(Four NE-SCBWI Members Mentored by Four Published Professionals)



The Four by Four Illustrator and Picture Book Mentorship Program runs from June – December 2017.


This year’s mentors are:


For Illustrators: Ashley Wollf  (

and E.B. Lewis (


For an Author-Illustrator: Brian Lies (


For a Picture Book Author: Heidi Stemple (


At the time of application, mentees will name one mentor with whom they would like to work. Chose the mentor whose work suggests they will be the best fit for you. Mentors will select one mentee from the resulting pool of applicants.


At the completion of the program, mentees’ work will receive critiques from these industry professionals:


Illustrators: Jim Hoover, Art Director, Viking Children’s Books

Author/Illustrator and Author: Julie Bliven, Associate Editor, Charlesbridge


Applicants must be NE-SCBWI members and reside in New England. They must never have had a work in the category of the mentorship traditionally published. They will apply to work with one mentor, whose name they will list on their cover sheet. The mentors will choose their mentees through a blind selection process.


The fee for mentees who are chosen for this program is $300. This does not cover the full cost of the program, which is underwritten by New England SCBWI.




The following submissions will be accepted:


Illustrators: 7-10 illustrations (quality copies, not originals) – No signatures


Author/Illustrators: 1 (one) picture book dummy (copy, not originals) – No signatures


Picture book authors: 1 completed picture book text in standard manuscript format but with no author name anywhere


If the applicant’s name appears anywhere on the submission materials, they will be removed from consideration for the program.


All submissions will contain a cover sheet. The cover sheet will include the applicant’s name, contact information, and the name of the mentor they would like to work with.


Example:     Maurice Sendak

                    Where the Wild Things Are

                    Down in the Dumps, 000000


                    Tel: 555-555-5555

                    Mentor: Newbery Caldecott


Submissions will be accepted the week of June 5-10, 2017. Only submissions postmarked during that time period will be accepted. They may be mailed to 4×4 Mentorship, c/o Kathy Quimby Johnson, P.O. Box 437, Cambridge, VT 05444.



A fee of $300, payable to SCBWI Northern New England, is due upon confirmation and before the mentor and mentee make initial contact in July. (See schedule below.)



  • June 5-10: Applications accepted. No more, no less. Snail mail postmarks must fall within time frame. No exceptions.
  • July 1: Winners chosen by mentors are announced.  Mentee notification email would information about payment methods.
  • July 7: Payment due from mentee.
  • July 7-12: Mentors and mentees choose a date to discuss the entire manuscript, picture book dummy, or portfolio (by email, phone, or Skype) before it is sent.
  • By July 15: Manuscripts or portfolios are in mentor’s hands.
  • By August 15: First round of written comments delivered to mentee (in person, by phone, on Skype). For writers, comments are global, not line editing. For illustrators,
  • Mentor and mentee choose an aspect of the work on which to focus for the rest of the mentorship.
  • September: Mentor and mentee choose a day for the mentor to answer questions (in person, by phone, on Skype).
  • October 15: Final version of agree-upon work (portion of a novel, [number of picture book manuscripts, number of illustrations?]) is delivered to mentor.
  • November 15 (on or about): Final written comments are discussed (in person, by phone, on Skype).
  • After November 15: Mentees will submit their work to either Jim Hoover or Julie Bliven. They will receive feedback before the end of January (we’ve made allowances for the holidays).


Please send any questions to Kathy Quimby Johnson at


An email reminder of the application materials and process will be sent out the last week of May.


Thanks to the committee that put this program together: Kris Asselin, Denise Ortakales, and Milanka Reardon, with advice from Hazel Mitchell and the support of the entire NE-SCBWI Regional Team.