• We Need Diverse Books Internship Grants — The WNDB Internship Grant Program provides supplemental grants to applicants from diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in children’s publishing. Since this program’s inception, WNDB has supported over 40 grantees in their summer internships.
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or resident.
  • We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program — The writing mentorships are available to diverse writers or any writers or illustrators who have completed a full draft of a manuscript for children or teens featuring a diverse main character or diverse central subject matter. The illustration mentorship is available to any diverse illustrator who has a portfolio and several sample illustrations completed. WNDB is offering fifteen mentorships in total, split among the following categories: Picture Book Text, Middle Grade, Young Adult; and Illustration. The winners will communicate with the mentor for approximately one year in a mentor/mentee custom-defined program.
    • No U.S. citizenship or residency requirement.
  • Inkluded Academy — Inkluded Academy is a tuition-free publishing course taught by industry professionals to college graduates from typically excluded groups. Held over the course of seven Saturdays in the summer, the program includes a rigorous curriculum, invested mentoring, and a commitment to job placement. The curriculum covers the foundational aspects of agenting, editorial, publicity, marketing, sales, scouting, production, and subsidiary rights. Each participant will receive career counseling, one-on-one sessions, and guidance from a mentor. Inkluded Academy aims to be a much-needed pipeline between the book business and aspiring professionals from diverse backgrounds.
    • Also available to non-U.S. citizens and non-residents.
  • People of Color in Publishing — A grassroots organization created by book publishing professionals dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members throughout the industry, we seek to create a safe and inclusive space celebrating and promoting diversity. Through a planning committee and network of chaired subcommittees, we advocate and foster career development and advancement of people of color (including Native/Indigenous) professionals’ work.
    • Mentorship Program: to provide entry-level POC professionals a personal resource for support, guidance, and encouragement, as they begin to navigate a career in publishing.
    • No U.S. citizenship requirement, but you do have to be resident.
  • Minorities in Publishing — MiP is a podcast discussing diversity (or lack thereof) in the book publishing industry with other professionals working in-house as well as authors and those in the literary scene.
  • Black + Brown Book Designers — This is a community for Black and Brown designers to connect, promote, and share their experiences within the publishing industry. Our mission is to see more Black and Brown creatives grow within the publishing industry. In the near future, BBD hope to offer free mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, monthly talks, and creative meetups.
  • Representation Matters Mentor Program — Representation Matters connects people who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who are interested in publishing and literature with publishing professionals who can help their mentees learn about, and get a foothold in, the industry. Under the Mentor Program, two-person teams of editors (one senior and one junior) volunteer to be mentors to self-identified BIPOC who are considering a career in publishing. The program is currently focused on editorial only, but may expand to other areas of publishing in the future.
    • No U.S. citizenship or residency requirement, but the mentors’ area of expertise is North American publishing (U.S./Canada).
  • The AALA’s (Association of American Literary Agents) Agents of Change Mentorship Program — The mentorship program will serve historically underrepresented groups, particularly people of color, in the agenting community, and will seek to increase retention and promotion of such people in the profession. The mentoring for diversity approach we are taking provides a rich opportunity for both established agents and new agents to learn from each other, provide greater continuity and professionalism, and co-create the future of the profession. Mentors draw on years of experience to offer their expertise, insight, and inspiration to up-and-coming agent mentees, who, in turn, offer fresh concepts, approaches, and perspective on the present challenges facing aspiring and new agents and ideas for change in the profession. For one year, each mentee will be paired with two mentors, each of whom will provide at least one hour each month of mentoring. Topics will include: industry overview and guidance on character, social, and leadership development in the profession. Participants will be matched based on shared interests (such as adult/children/YA and fiction/non-fiction). Participants will meet in person or remotely, and will be periodically asked for feedback on their experience in the program by the program coordinators. All mentors must be full agent members of AALA. Mentees do not need to be members of AALA.
  • Apply to be an Agent Mentor.
  • Donate to Agents of Change Mentorship Program. The AALA is proud to sponsor the AALA Diversity Internship Initiative, in partnership with the Publishing Certificate Program (PCP) at The City College of New York. Through this partnership, the AALA awards grants to PCP/City College students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in publishing, specifically working in a literary agency.
  • Please check the AALA’s website for the link to apply to this program as a Mentee. As of February 15, 2021, it is not yet available. Application link to come soon!
  • The Latinx in Publishing Writers Mentorship Program — A volunteer-based initiative that offers the opportunity for unpublished and/or unagented writers who identify as Latinx (mentees) to strengthen their craft, gain first-hand industry knowledge, and expand their professional connections through work with experienced published authors (mentors).
    • Must be a resident of the U.S. but not necessarily a citizen.
  • WNDB Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives — Our emergency grants provide assistance to diverse authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals. Many diverse creatives have lost their livelihoods because of the pandemic, whether due to canceled school visits or due to layoffs and furloughs at publishers and literary agencies. We aim to bolster these groups during this time of crisis by giving grants between $500 and $1,000 each.
    • COVID specific; must be U.S. resident