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2023 KSMO SCBWI Writer Mentorship

The KSMO SCBWI Writer Mentorship focus for 2023 is NON-FICTION with author and local Kansas/Missouri SCBWI PAL member Lindsay Metcalf!


Applications open November 6-December 4, 2022 to any current KSMO 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 2023 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 2023!


Cost: Free to SCBWI KSMO members

Applications Open: November 6, 2022 

Deadline: December 4, 2022


How to Apply:


Please submit the following to with two Word attachments: one is a full non-fiction 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 Lindsay. Think of it as a query letter to Lindsay.) 


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: Lindsay Metcalf

Lindsay H. Metcalf is a journalist and award-winning author of nonfiction picture books: Beatrix Potter, Scientist, a Mighty Girl Best Book of 2020 and Young People’s Literature Award winner from the Friends of American Writers Chicago; Farmers Unite! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices, a Kansas Notable Book, Friends of American Writers honoree, NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and Junior Library Guild selection; and No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, a Kirkus and Chicago Public Library Best Book, Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and NCTE Notable Poetry Book. Two titles are forthcoming in spring 2023: Outdoor Farm, Indoor Farm, illustrated by Xin Li; and No World Too Big: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change, a poetry anthology from the team behind No Voice Too Small. Lindsay lives in Concordia, Kansas, with her husband, two tween sons, and a variety of pets. Reach her at and @lindsayhmetcalf on Twitter and Instagram.