Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-MI is delighted to announce two illustration mentorships!

The mentor for picture book illustration is Dow Phumiruk

The mentor for middle grade/young adult illustration is Brittany (Bea) Jackson.


Winners receive a year-long mentorship with Dow or Bea. The mentorship includes six exchanges of art and critiques.


Meet Picture Book Mentor: Dow Phumiruk

Dow Phumiruk is a former pediatrician who has found her passion in creating children’s books.  She is currently a co-Regional Advisor for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI. She has written and/or illustrated several books. Clients include HarperCollins, Henry Holt/Macmillan, Hachette Book Group, Abrams, Viking, Sleeping Bear Press, and Zonderkidz. She lives in Colorado with her husband of almost three decades, three artistic daughters, and a handful of small pets. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Winner, SCBWI Inaugural Narrative Art Award, 2017, Winner, SCBWI Postcard Contest 2016, 1st place RMC SCBWI calendar image contest 2015, and Winner, SCBWI Emerging Voices Award 2013 for Mela in the Jungle (published as Mela and the Elephant)


Check the Mitten Blog for an interview with Dow on April 30, 2021.


Meet MG/YA Mentor: Brittany (Bea) Jackson.

Brittany Jackson loves telling stories through her art, from dynamic and diverse character design, to delightfully fun and energetic children’s book illustrations. She attended the College for Creative Studies and is the Grand Prize Winner of the L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrator of the Future Award of 2007. She has illustrated several books including the New York Times best seller, Parker Looks Up, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Children’s. In addition to her work as a children’s book illustrator, character and concept artist, Brittany’s work has been featured on the covers of books, comics, and in various magazines and articles.


Check the Mitten Blog for an interview with Bea on May 7, 2021.


The submission window for both mentorships opens on May 17, 2021 at 8:00 am EDT.

The submission window closes on June 7, 2021at 8:00 pm EDT or when we receive 30 applications – whichever comes first.

Note: applicants will have until midnight on June 7, 2021 to submit a pdf their artwork to Ann Finkelstein.


Cost is $20, nonrefundable, payable by credit or debit card.

All registered applicants receive constructive comments from the judges.


The judges for the picture book illustration mentorship are:

The judges for the middle grade/young adult illustration mentorship are:

We invite you to visit their websites and enjoy their wonderful illustrations.


The competition is open to all SCBWI members who live in Michigan for at least part of the year. Previous winners of SCBWI-MI illustration mentorships may not apply.


Co-Regional Illustrator Coordinator, Deb Pilutti, will offer a free webinar on May 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm to discuss formatting your submission. The Zoom link is: The presentation will be recorded.


The winners will be announced in midsummer 2021.


A link to the registration platform will be provided here during the submission window.

Download Submission Instruction for Picture Book Mentorship.


Download submission Instructions for YA-MG illustrator mentorship.


Read more about the SCBWI-MI mentorship and its past winners and mentors.


For questions, contact Ann Finkelstein, SCBWI-MI mentorship coordinator. annf1234 [at] gmail [dot] com.