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SCBWI Florida Mentorship Program

Looking for one-on-one help from an expert?

You’ve come to the right place! The SCBWI Florida Mentorship Program provides SCBWI members individualized help from more experienced writers and editors. The mentorship will last approximately no longer than six months. Deadlines will be determined once you are matched with your mentor. Click on the “meet your mentor” link below for a list of writers and editors you may choose from.

How it works:

Picture Books/Nonfiction:
For manuscripts up to 3,000 words, you will pay $200 plus a $50 SCBWI administrative fee.
* If your manuscript is longer than 2,000 words, you will get two critiques and two Skype, Google Hangout, or phone sessions.
* If your manuscript is 2,000 words or less, you will get four critiques of that manuscript and two Skype, Google Hangout, or phone sessions. Or you may add one additional manuscript, no longer than 2,000 words, and get two critiques and one Skype, Google Hangout, or phone session on each manuscript.
For novels and full-length nonfiction manuscripts, you will pay $4.00 per page plus a $50 SCBWI administrative fee. There is a $250 minimum charge for this category.
* The $4.00 per page fee will include the cost of two critiques and two Skype, Google Hangout, or phone sessions.
* If the second pass of your manuscript is longer than the first one, you will pay an additional $4.00 per page for the extra pages that you added to the manuscript.

What you need to do if interested:

Take a look at the Meet Your Mentors page and select your top two choices of mentor. Send the names you have chosen with one picture book manuscript, or five pages and a synopsis of your longer work to

Manuscripts must be in 12 pt. font and Times New Roman, with one-inch margins on all sides. You may separate your chapters by putting four spaces between them.


What will happen after you send in your manuscript:
If one of your chosen mentors is available, we will match the two of you up, and give you a deadline for sending your mentor the manuscript(s) (usually one month later).
At that time, you will send your $50 administrative fee to the SCBWI Florida PayPal account. You will send half your payment to your mentor, who will provide you his/her address. The SCBWI Florida PayPal account is
Your mentor will return your manuscript(s) with his/her critique by a predetermined deadline date that is no more than three months later. Around that time, you will have your first Skype, Google Hangout, or phone session. You will then have two months to revise and send back your manuscript(s) to your mentor, and to make your final payment to your mentor. You will receive your final critique and Skype, Google Hangout, or phone session no later than one month after your manuscript has been returned to your mentor. (Those with more than one picture book may work out a schedule to accommodate the second critique.)

If you have any questions about the Mentorship Program, email: