The Weekly 411 (11/28/14)

© Antoinette Portis

Nov. 28, 2014, Issue #47

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New Literary Agent AlertKimberly Brower of Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency - Seeks YA

Penguin Random House is running a campaign to encourage people to give books. Everytime someone tweets the #giveabook hashtag, Penguin will donate a book to Save the Children. Runs Nov. 29- Dec. 14.

Check out this review & giveaway of Emma Walton Hamilton's Just Write for Middle Grade course. Giveaway ends Dec. 6.

Get ready for #PitMad on Dec. 1, 8 p.m. EST 


Our author-illustrator in the spotlight is Antoinette Portis. Be sure to enter her giveaway for her latest picture book, FROODLE.

For Writers

Critique Groups

Middle Grade

Full Middle Grade Immersion

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.

Feb. 1-28 Picture Book Marathon

What: Write a picture book draft each day of the month (link is to last year's event)

Feb. 14-28 PB 14:14 with Christie Wild (link is to last year's event)

What:  a two week blogging challenge- to read and review fourteen picture books

Dec. 8-12 The 4th Annual Holiday Contest with Susanna Leonard Hill
  • What: Write a story where wild weather affects a holiday and share on your blog or at Top stories will be chosen and eligible for prizes. Check the website for specific contest guidelines and rules.
  • Who: Open to All
  • What: Send in a query & the first three chapters of a MG novel geared towards 8-12 year olds
  • Who: unpublished, unagented writers
  • Prize: 1 hour one-on-one critique with Skylark agents


  1. Elaine, Sylvia & Everygentleperson managing KIDLIT411 -
    This is a nourishing weekly gift, once again.


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