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2022 KSMO SCBWI Writer Mentorship


The KSMO SCBWI Writer Mentorship focus for 2022 was YOUNG ADULT with author and local Kansas/Missouri SCBWI PAL member Shannon Thompson!


Congratulations to our winner, Anna LaForest!


Stay tuned for info on our 2023 mentorship with a focus on non-fiction. Applications open in November 5-December 3, 2022 to any current KS-MO SCBWI member not published or under contract in NF and who have not won a previous KSMO SCBWI mentorship.  


What do you win?

The winner will work with the mentor during the calendar year of 2022 on the manuscript submitted for this program. Following the initial reading, the mentor and mentee will “meet” via phone, ZOOM, and/or email (up to 3 times before the year is over) to discuss questions and revisions.


Winner to be announced in January 2022!


Cost: Free to SCBWI KS-MO members

Applications Open: November 7, 2021 

Deadline: December 5, 2021


How to Apply:


Please submit the following to with two Word attachments: one is a full young adult manuscript, double-spaced with 12 point font, and one is your cover letter. (Include things like how long you have been writing, what types of manuscripts you’ve written, why you’d like to work with Shannon. Think of it as a query letter to Shannon.) 


Please read and follow these guidelines fully in order for your manuscript to receive full consideration:


1.  Do not place your name on either the cover letter or manuscript because the mentor will see both.  Instead, choose a nonsense word or phrase, and replace your name with that word on both the cover letter and the manuscript.

2.  Save your documents with that same nonsense word.  For example:  Lollyland letter.  Lollyland manuscript.

3.  Attach both the cover letter and the manuscript to an email These attachments must be Word documents.   

4.  In the body of the email only, reveal  both your name and your nonsense word or phrase.  Anyone who puts her real or pen name anywhere in the attached application materials will be disqualified.  



About the Mentor: Shannon Thompson

Shannon A Thompson is the young adult author of the Timely Death trilogy and the Bad Bloods series. A graduate of the University of Kansas, she is also a librarian and Pitch Wars Mentor. She is represented by Katelyn Uplinger at D4EO Literary. Visit her blog for writers and readers at