Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Books That Help mentorship. We’ve had over 100 entries and can’t wait to dive in. Thank you for trusting us with your work. We will be back in touch in the New Year with an update.

Books That Help are excited to announce a mentorship for one writer or writer-illustrator. We’re sure you’ll agree this is a fantastic opportunity. More details below!

To help you prepare your story and to talk you through the application process, you are invited to join Little Tiger’s Editorial Director, Ellie Farmer and mentor, Clare Helen Welsh, for a webinar on Zoom.

You do not need to come to the webinar to apply for the mentorship. You do not have to apply for the mentorship if you come to the webinar. This is a free session about the craft of books with a social message. Please spread far and wide so that as many people as possible can benefit.


Books That Help is launching a mentorship for aspiring writers in partnership with children’s publisher, Little Tiger Press.  

One mentorship will be offered to an unagented writer or writer-illustrator with a draft of a picture book that fits with the Books That Help agenda: stories that create emotionally honest spaces for children and families. The mentorship will begin in 2023 and will involve a series of virtual sessions with Clare to support the development of a picture book for 3-7yr olds.

On behalf of publisher Little Tiger Press, Senior Editor Perry Emerson will help to shortlist the mentees from applications received and will offer feedback on the chosen text. The Little Tiger team will then take a first look at the completed manuscript.

Perry said, “The path to getting published can often seem a daunting one, and so to have an author as talented, wise, and generous as Clare offering her support and guidance will be an invaluable experience for a new writer. I’m delighted to be involved in the launch of this new mentorship, and I am very much looking forward to reading the inspiring stories that will be submitted.”

To further support Books That Help’s mission, Ellie Farmer (Editorial Director of Little Tiger’s picture book studio) will be offering a live webinar where she will share what she feels are great examples of picture books that help. She will also speak about what is important to consider when creating stories of this kind. The webinar will be free of charge and will be held on Wednesday 19th October at 7pm via Zoom, in advance of the mentorship applications being open.



Who can apply? Unagented, traditionally unpublished writers of fiction for children can apply for this Books That Help mentorship. Writers of all experiences are encouraged to send their work, including those who identify as a member of unrepresented groups. You must not be previously published in PB, non-fiction, chapter books, MG or YA with a traditional publisher or be currently agented. You do not have to live in the UK to enter. The mentorship is open to writers worldwide.

What do I send? Please send your manuscript (800words max) double spaced, 12pt font in a word document or pdf. At the top of your document, please add your name, email address, word count and a maximum of 500 words about you, your text and why you are passionate about it. You can include brief illustration notes if essential. Please put these in blue italics and square brackets. Please note – only one entry per person.

How do I apply? Once applications open on 19th October, follow the link below and upload your document. You will receive a confirmation email, but we cannot enter into further discussion or give feedback. Please rest assured that all applications will be read carefully. The closing date for applications is midnight of 19th November.

What is considered a ‘Book that helps?’ Any picture book text that you think is relevant to children in today’s world. It might be funny, lyrical, written in rhyme or dialogue only, but it must have a social message for children at its core.

When will the mentee be announced? In Spring 2023, the winner will be contacted individually. There will be an announcement via this website and on social media. We apologise in advance that we cannot enter into correspondence about decisions.

Many thanks for Write Mentor Team for supporting us with the administration and promotion of this opportunity and for hosting the webinar!