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2021-2022 Novel Mentorships

We’re delighted to announce that SCBWI-MI will hold TWO novel mentorship competitions next year.


The mentors are: Patrick Flores-Scott and Kelly J. Baptist.

You may enter only one of the mentorship competitions

The mentorships include a year-long mentorship (six exchanges of material and critiques) with Patrick or Kelly.


Patrick Flores-Scott was a long-time public school teacher in Seattle, Washington. He’s now a reading tutor and early morning writer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Patrick’s first novel, Jumped In, was named to the 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, a Walden Award finalist, a Washington Book Award winner, an NCSS/CBC Notable Book for the Social Studies, and a Bank Street College Best Books of 2014. His second novel, American Road Trip, ​received multiple starred reviews and is a 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a TAYSHAS Texas reading list selection.

An interview with Patrick will be posted on the Mitten Blog on April 8.


Kelly J. Baptist was born and raised in the great state of Michigan. She’s lived in Alabama, Florida, and Minnesota, but somehow found herself right back in her home state. Kelly won the 2015 We Need Diverse Books short story contest, and her winning entry is included in the middle grade anthology, Flying Lessons and Other Stories. A follow-up to that story, Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero, is available from Crown Books for Young Readers. Kelly also won the 2017 Lee and Low New Voices Honor Award for her picture book, The Electric Slide and Kai. Kelly is a huge Kobe Bryant fan, and incorporates Mamba Mentality in all aspects of her life, especially writing!

An interview with Kelly will be posted on the Mitten Blog on April 15.



Any SCBWI member who lives in Michigan for at least part of the year may enter.

Exception: Won-And-Done – if you have previously won a writing mentorship (picture book text, novel or nonfiction) from SCBWI-MI, you are ineligible for this competition.

Please have a complete draft of your novel before you enter either competition.


The Submission Window is April 25 – May 16, 2022.

The registration platform will open at 9:00 am on April 25. Registration closes at 6:00 pm on May 16, or when we receive 30 applicants, whichever comes first. Check MichKids and social media to find out how many spaces remain.

Registration fee is $20, nonrefundable (payable by credit card).


Click HERE to Register.  


The mentorship judges are: Kristin Bartley Lenz, Tracy Bilen, Kelly Barson, Heather Smith Meloche, Jean Alicia Elster and Erin Brown. Three judges will be assigned to each mentorship. Every registered applicant receives a brief critique from three judges.


Click here for Submission Instructions


The winners will be announced in June or July.


For questions, contact SCBWI-MI mentorship coordinator, Ann Finkelstein.


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