The Weekly 411 (1/30/15)

© Dow Phumiruk

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, Issue #5

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New Literary Agent Alert: Kirsten Carleton of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency Seeks upmarket YA

The 2015 edition of SCBWI's The Book is available for free download or paid hard copy for SCBWI members

Stay tuned on Monday, Feb. 2, for the ALA's announcement of the Caldecott, Newberry and other winners!

The annual SCBWI NY conference is around the corner, Feb. 6-8! KL411 peeps will meet up Saturday. Check our FB page for details.


Our author in the spotlight is Carrie Charley Brown (with a giveaway) and our illustrator is Dow Phumurik.

Marketing 101 for Authors

Writing Challenges

Mar. 1-30 Read for Research Month (ReFoReMo) with Carrie Charley Brown
What: Read five picture books a day for a month with the advice of guest educators to help your picture book writing

APRIL RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month) 2015 is coming! The challenge includes 25 Golden Quill Guest Bloggers, daily writing/reading prompts as well as the 2nd Annual Golden Quill Poetry Contest. Join in the fun for prizes and weekly Rhyming Parties!

Feb. 14   A Children's Poetry Writing Contest
  • What: Submit children's poetry
  • Prizes: Cash prizes, top prize $500
  • Fee: $15 reading fee, comes with a 6 month subscription to Children's Book Insider
April 27-May 8  We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
  • What: Submit an unpublished short story less than 5000 words for children ages 8-12
  • Who: Diverse writers from diverse backgrounds
  • Prize: $1000 and publication in anthology with well known diverse kidlit authors


Feb. 6-7    The Annual SCBWI conference in New York is right around the corner. Writing and illustrating intensives on Friday, Feb. 6, and the conference itself is Feb. 7-8
Attended by the KidLit411 Team- hope to see you there!


April 15-17   IndieReCon 2015  A global conference aimed at providing the best advice and education for independently minded authors. A mix of online workshops, discussions, masterclasses, and live events. A website is coming soon but they are taking proposals for speakers/talks.