We hope The Mitten blog is read and shared by book lovers far and wide, but at this time we’re only accepting content from SCBWI-MI members.

SCBWI-MI members are encouraged to submit guest blog posts. 

What are we looking for?

  • Success stories. We want to celebrate and learn from your success.
  • Tips on any aspect of the publishing process – writing, illustrating, editing, revising, promotion, time management, etc.
  • Agent/editor interviews
  • Photos, personal impressions, and brief overviews/takeaways of events, such as conferences, Shop Talks, book signings, book clubs, festivals, etc. 
  • Reviews of books on craft

We’re also looking for contributions for our ongoing features:

  • Ask the Editor: Do you have a question about publishing/getting published? Katherine Gibson is here to help! Katherine is an editor at Zonderkidz Publishing in Grand Rapids, a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute, and she spent five years working at Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. Email your questions to, and I'll pass them along to Katherine.
  • Hugs and Hurrahs: We want to trumpet your good news! Send 1-3 sentences about your accomplishment to Sarah LoCascio at We love to include photos and art, too.
  • Book Birthdays: Email our Published Members Coordinator Lauren Nyquist at if you have a new book being published. She'll interview you for our Book Birthday blog to help spread the word.

Do you have an idea for a blog post or a new feature? We’d love to hear it!

Submission guidelines: 

Please query Kristin Lenz at

1. Posts should be approx. 400-600 words
2. Please send in the body of an email or attached as a Word document
3. Use bullet points or paragraphs for easy reading
4. Include a brief bio and author photo
5. Include any links, art, book covers, or photos to accompany your blog post. (All images must be your personal property or fair use/public domain.)

This sounds like a lot of work, why should I bother? 
What's in it for me? 

Let us tell you! 

Here's a dose of encouragement and a handy how-to article with blogging basics from Patti Richards: Knitting the Perfect Mitten Blog Post.

Ready to query? Did you read Patti's how-to post? Great! We look forward to hearing from you!

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