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2018 Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentor Award

The Austin SCBWI chapter is proud to offer the Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentorship. The winner will receive a year’s mentorship with a local published illustrator to help bring their work to the next level.

Illustrators entering the Portfolio Showcase at the Austin SCBWI Conference are eligible to apply. The mentor will choose an illustrator based on the portfolios in the Showcase.

The 2018 Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentor is author/illustrator Don Tate.

Award-winning author/illustrator Don Tate, whose books include Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became The Strongest Man On Earth; Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions;  The Cart That Carried Martin; Hope’s Gift; Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite; It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw and many others. Don has been a featured illustrator and speaker at numerous book festivals and conferences (SCBWI, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Texas Writers League) and has traveled extensively to speak at schools and libraries.

Past mentors are:

Jeff Crosby is the author and illustrator of Wiener Wolf (DisneyHyperion) and The Rockabilly Goats Gruff (Holiday House). He has illustrated 11 additional childern’s picture books. Jeff taught design and illustration at Texas State University until the winter of 2017, when he and his wife, Shelley Anne Jackson, moved their family to the UK where Shelley is teaching picture book writing at the university level.

Illustrator Marsha Riti, who’s currently working with Little Simon (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) on a chapter book series titled The Critter Club. She’s also the illustrator of picture book The Picky Little Witch.