Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2023 Illustrator Mentorship with Violet Lemay


About the Mentor:

Violet Lemay


Violet Lemay has illustrated forty-four books, six of which she also wrote. Her latest, Let’s Be Friends (HarperFestival/2021), won Book-Fest’s first place award for diversity in children’s books. Violet is also a co-founder of Alithia’s Art Angels, an on-line art gallery offering support for young artists in honor of Alithia Ramirez who was killed in the Uvalde mass shooting.



Winner to be announced in January 2023!

Applications Open: November 6, 2022

Deadline: December 4, 2022

Cost: Free to SCBWI Kansas and Missouri members

When: We will begin accepting applications on November 6th. Please do not submit materials until this date. Deadline to apply is December 4th, 2022.

What: Enter one piece of artwork to be chosen to be critiqued over time by Violet Lemay!

Application Directions:

Email Katie O’Malley at with the illustration you would like to work on with Violet Lemay. Please read and follow these guidelines carefully in order for your submission to receive full consideration.

1.  Your illustration file needs to be sized at 72dpi, and saved as a jpg. The file name should include your initials, not your name. (e.g.: AEK_2023mentorship.jpg)

2.   Include a brief bio in your submission email that lists publication credits, professional training, and what you hope to gain from the mentorship.

3.  Submissions should be sent to Katie O’Malley at between Nov 6th and Dec 4th, 2022.  Your email subject line should read “2023 Illustration Mentorship Application”.

4.   Failure to follow these guidelines will disqualify your application from consideration.