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2021 Nevada Mentorship Registration

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/31/2021
12:00 am


The 2021 NV Mentorship program is a hybrid program that will launch by Zoom April 1, 2021 and culminate at St. Mary’s Art Center in person September 17-19, 2021 where all the mentors, mentees, and three agents will gather for a memorable finale.

The program is open to all writers including picture book writer-illustrators regardless of where you live.

Registration ENDS January 31, 2021.

We are changing our program to reduce the number of acceptances this year to only 12 mentees to create an intimate experience on Zoom and for the fall retreat. We will have 3 agents present at the finale for the 12 mentees for an opportunity to really pitch and receive feedback from agents during the final weekend. That is a 4-to-1 ratio of participants to agents and a 2-to-1 ratio for mentors.

Click here for the bios for the MENTORS FOR THE PROGRAM

Registration for the serious applicant is $50. If you are not selected, you will receive a written critique of your manuscript. You must have a completed manuscript of under 85,000 words. If you are selected, your $50 will be credited for the cost of the program, which is $1350.

The fee of $1350 includes all fees for the program, including the weekend retreat in Virginia City, NV, that is scheduled for Sept 17-19, 2021. If Covid persists and we can not have an in-person portion, we will have agent meetings via Zoom, and the cost of room and board will be refunded. All mentees are required to attend the final event.

The initial Zoom kickoff will be for all mentees and their mentors. The mentees will schedule 1-1 meeting with their mentors throughout the 6-month program. Each mentor will set their own schedule, and depending on the mentor, the program will differ. However, we will also have one group workshop presented by a mentor each month, and we will also have one mentee only group Zoom meeting each month as well to keep you motivated.

More information about the program is located here: https://nevada.scbwi.org/nevada-scbwi-mentor-program/.

Faculty information: https://nevada.scbwi.org/nevada-scbwi-mentor-program/our-20132014-mentors/

Information about the venue: St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City

 

Due Date Schedule:

  • Dec 1 – Jan 30 Open application process.
  • Mar 1 – Mentee selection announcement
  • February 15 – Announcement of Mentee Selection
  • April 1 – Individual program begins for 6 months.
  • Tentative weekend 9/17-19/2021- Virginia City Finale – If we are still under Covid situation in the fall of 2021, the portion that covered the Virginia City Finale will be refunded.

DO NOT FORGET TO NUMBER YOUR PAGES IN YOUR MANUSCRIPT.

APPLICATION ITEMS

Please carefully read the application details including submission information below.

You will submit 4 files.

  1. Your full manuscript prepared as a full submission. It must include your contact info, just as if you’re submitting to an agent or editor. If you don’t know, you’re probably not ready to submit to this program. Please name the Word document with your full name followed by target reader, genre, title of your novel/PB, and the number of total pages in your completed manuscript. Use Part 1 in the name of the document. YOUR CONTACT INFO includes both email and phone number.
  2. One document in WORD format that has the application information plus 20 pages of your manuscript plus a 1 page synopsis of the story. Please include your contact info just as if you’re submitting to an agent.
  3. One document in WORD format of the first 20 pages of your story/PB that is ONLY TITLED by the name of your manuscript, genre, and number of total pages in your completed manuscript, and no other identifying information.
  4. Application questionnaire completed.

Example for file 1

Mun-Cynthia-MG-fantasy-MYGREATNOVEL-xxxxpages – Part1.doc

(This document is my completed manuscript)

Example for file 2

Mun-Cynthia-MG-fantasy-MYGREATNOVEL-xxxxpages- Part 2.doc

(This document is only 20 pages of the manuscript with your contact info and up to 1 page of your story synopsis)

Example for file 3

MYGREATNOVEL- MG- fantasy-xxxxpages – Part 3.doc

(This is just 20 pages of your novel or full picture book document WITHOUT your contact info)

Example for file 4

Mun-Cynnthia- MG-fantasy – MYGREATNOVEL – xxx pages – APPLICATION – Part 4. doc

This is one document that answers the questions below – the five questions.

 

CONTENTS OF THE APPLICATION – File 4/Part 4 information that needs to be included.

  1. Why do you want to enroll in the NV Mentorship Program?
  2. How many years have you been an SCBWI Member?
  3. What is your home SCBWI region?
  4. In the past 5 years which SCBWI events have you attended. You can take a snapshot of your event history in the SCBWI account.
  5. Please indicate the order of mentors you would prefer. If no preference, please indicate that.

FORMATTING your manuscript: Please make sure your file is a in Word format and you follow the formatting guidelines posted on this link: https://nevada.scbwi.org/critique-groups/

EMAIL SUBMISSION: email all documents in one email with SUBJECT line 2021 NV Mentorship Program and send it to Nevada@scbwi.org. 

These instructions are specific BECAUSE it helps us organize and find your information quickly. SCBWI NV administrators are all volunteers so please help us save time. If this program takes more time than we have to offer then we won’t be able to offer it in the future.

Questions about the program can be sent to nevada@scbwi.org. This email is not checked daily. You might be able to find your answers by asking folks on the SCBWI NV Facebook page. I have asked past mentees if they would be able to answer questions through Facebook. There is also a list of past mentees on the website if you’d like to speak to them as well.

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