"The Austin SCBWI chapter is proud to introduce the Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award, honoring one of the long-time members of our chapter.
"Cynthia is an inspiration not only as an award-winning and best-selling author, but also as a champion of children's book writers. She hosts the informative and popular Cynsations blog, which is a must-read for anyone in the children's book industry. Cynthia also is an extremely generous member of the Austin kidlit community, offering up her time and knowledge to help fellow writers whenever she can. She's embodies the kind of writer we all try to be.
"The award bearing her name will follow her example and give guidance to up-and-coming writers."
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The Austin SCBWI community is a tremendous blessing in my life. I'm deeply honored to have this award established in my name. It's my hope that the guidance offered by myself and the future mentors will have a positive impact on many writers to come.