Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Announcing the 2019-2020 SCBWI-MI Picture Book Text Mentorships with Lisa Wheeler and Kelly DiPucchio

In 2019-2020, SCBWI-MI will offer two mentorships for picture book text. The mentorship competition with Lisa Wheeler is open to Full and Associate members. The mentorship with Kelly DiPucchio is open to Published And Listed (PAL) members. If you really want to be impressed, check out Lisa’s and Kelly’s websites.

Click here for SCBWI-MI Mentorship Submission Information

The mentorships include six exchanges of manuscripts and critiques.

Each entry should be a complete picture book text of no more than 600 words.

Submissions may be fiction or narrative nonfiction picture book texts.

The nonrefundable registration fee is $20.

To register for the PAL picture book text mentorship go to: 
The PAL mentorship registration platform will be live from April 1-22, 2019. 


A panel of three super-secret, superstar judges will score the entries on:

  • Appropriateness of style and language
  • Interpretation and development of concept
  • Development of plot
  • Development of characters
  • Illustratable text
  • ​Overall impression and originality

The submission window for the PAL mentorship with Kelly DiPucchio is April 1-22, 2019.

The submission window for the non-PAL mentorship with Lisa Wheeler is June 3-24, 2019.

For questions, contact Ann Finkelstein (