Writing Challenges

© Torben Kuhlmann

Throughout the year, various writing challenges are available to spur you on. Prizes are given away during and after these challenges. Some of the events listed are free, and some have a fee. 

Reading Challenges

2017 Picture Book Reading Challenge - challenge yourself to read a variety of picture books next year

All Year

Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12. (Sign up in Jan. and Feb). 
What: Join the world’s friendliest writing community and challenge yourself to write and revise 12 picture books in 12 months.
Who: Open to All
Cost: Tiered Membership Levels. Registration opens in January.

Sub Six 
What: a Facebook community that supports authors and illustrators to submit to agents and editors. The goal is to make six submissions of any kind in a year. Prizes and encouragement each month.

Today's Little Ditty - all about children's poetry, with writing tips, interviews, and monthly challenges based on poetry participation.

Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge - Join a community of writers on Twitter committed to writing 500 words a day. Use #DecWritingChallenge, #JanWritingChallenge, etc.


Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12. (Sign up in Jan. and Feb). 
What: Challenge yourself to write and revise 12 picture books in 12 months and join a great picture book writing community; monthly webinars, opportunities to get work critiqued, and gold-level members have monthly agent submission opportunities
Cost: Tiered Membership Levels. Registration opens in January.

Storystorm (sign up by Jan. 7)
What: Join picture book writers and come up with 30 new picture book ideas in the month of January. Get daily inspirational and educational posts and have the chance to win prizes.


Mar. 1- 31 Chapter Book Challenge with Becky Fyfe
What: Write the first draft of your early reader, chapter book, MG, or YA novel in a month. Join a private FB group, get inspired by other authors & win prizes.

Mar. 1-31 Revise Your Novel in 31 Days with Janice Hardy
What: Follow day by day on the website to get revision tips for your novel

Mar. 1-31 Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) with Carrie Charley Brown
What: A month of reading and researching mentor picture books. Join a private FB group, get inspirational posts, and win prizes. Sign up begins Feb. 15.


April 1-30 Camp NaNoWriMo
What: virtual writing retreat brought to you by the creators of NaNoWriMo where you set your own writing goals. Join cabins with other writers for motivation.


What: Write 7 picture book manuscript drafts in one week. Get inspired by authors & win prizes.

May 1- 31 Spring into Writing
What: fun, monthlong writing event with a group of other writers. You set your goals.


What: Write the first draft of your novel in one month.

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