Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Event: 2020-2021 Illustrator Mentorship


Announcing the 2020-2021 Illustrator Mentorship Program!


The 2020-2021 illustrator mentor is our local Kansas/Missouri SCBWI  PAL member:


Sarah Walsh



Have you created a book illustration you would love to discuss with a mentor?

Would you appreciate some guidance and direction to improve your craft from a local professional?


Then the illustrator mentorship contest is just the thing you need to try this year!


Entry for this mentorship is open to any current KS-MO SCBWI member not published or under contract.  The winner will work with the mentor for a set time period working on their mentorship entry to improve upon their illustration craft.

Following the announcement of the winner, the mentor and mentee will “meet” via phone, Skype, or email (up to 3 times) to discuss questions and revisions.

The winner will also receive a scholarship covering registration cost to the online Summer Spectacular ( July 31- August 4th, 2020. (Please note: this has changed due to the cancellation of the KSMO SCBWI annual conference this November.)


All you need to do to start is turn in one piece of artwork! 


Cost: Free to SCBWI KS-MO members

When: Deadline to apply is June 15, 2020

Submission Entry: Opens May 1, 2020

Winner Contacted:  by July 31, 2020



1. Submit a 72 dpi .jpg of an illustration.

2. The illustration must be original, created by you.

3. Please submit your entry as an email attachment to Robin Schuberth at

4. Submission files should be labeled with your name (eg: sam_doe.jpg).

5. Your email subject line MUST read: 2021 Illustrator Mentorship Contest.

6. Include the following in the accompanying email: your name, mailing address, telephone number, and illustration title (if applicable).


About Our Mentor: Sarah Walsh


Sarah Walsh is a multidisciplinary artist with a body of work spanning almost 20 years ranging from illustration, painting, pattern design, hand lettering, product creation, character design and more. She received her BFA in graphic design in upstate NY where she grew up. Her love of gouache paint and her passion for mid century design, vintage children’s books, fashion, all things magical, folk art, animals, nature and old school signage would become the foundation for her work. Early on in her career she worked at Hallmark Cards as in house designer and illustrator. After several years she decided to branch off on her own and has since then collaborated with clients like Washington Post, The Guardian, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and Blue Q to name a few. She also runs and makes artwork for Tigersheep Friends, a small batch illustrative product based brand founded by her and her husband Colin Walsh, a fellow artist. She currently lives in Kansas City with Colin, their son, a chubby cat and a crazy pup. She works from her sunny and plant filled studio in the historic Rivermarket area.
Find all of her artwork and products at the following links: