Writing with the Stars 2017 is now closed. The 2018 contest will be announced in December.
Be sure to check our blog on January 31, 2017 for a list of winners!
What is Writing with the Stars?
Writing with the stars is a mentorship opportunity for picture book writers and illustrators. Behind these dressing room doors are industry stars who have generously agreed to donate their time and knowledge to this program. Applicants who are selected will be paired with one of these amazing author/illustrators for a three-month mentorship.
During that time, mentors will help mentees further develop their craft and share invaluable advice and insight into the publishing world.
For WWTS Official Application & Rules: please click here.
Why Writing with the Stars?
When I jumped into the world of kidlit writing, I knew very little about what it entailed or how to succeed as an author. I’d owned a children’s bookstore, so I knew about the commercial side of the business, but I needed to learn more about the craft. I joined SCBWI, found some amazing critique partners and attended as many conferences and webinars as I could. Once I got myself to a level where conference critiques were yielding positive feedback and I had won a few contests, I knew I needed a mentor to guide me to the next level and show me the ropes of the inner workings of the industry. I learned very quickly that this is easier said than done. I came across a few opportunities, but I had trouble finding someone who understood my quirky brand of humor and who was willing to help a newer writer.
Then the stars aligned for me and I saw that Stacy McAnulty was running a contest to find a mentee. I knew from her books, reading her blog and following her online that her brand of humor would work well with mine. I won, and was privileged to work with Stacy for 6 months. I did get an agent and to date have sold three books. Not only was Stacy invaluable with her assessments of my writing, but she helped me navigate the agent-hunting process, understand contracts and so much more. This experience changed my career as a writer.
Stacy’s only requirement for the mentorship was that I pay it forward and mentor someone else when I was able. But I wanted to do more. So I created this contest to benefit the kidlit community more broadly.
I firmly believe no one makes it in this business without help from others. The generosity and kindness of the kidlit community as a whole is unparalleled, as evidenced by the roster of authors and illustrators who have signed up to participate. Help me thank these authors by supporting their careers. Buy their books, tell your librarian, follow them on social media and write reviews on Amazon to show them our gratitude.
To download Official Application & Rules: please click here.