The Weekly 411 (12/5/14)

© Carol Heyer

Dec. 5, 2014, Issue #48

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This week's Author-Illustrator in the spotlight is Carol Heyer, who has written/illustrated 28 picture books.

Picture Books

Writing Challenges

Jan. 1-30 Month of Poetry
What: write one poem a day during the month of January, on five days, there will be prompts & sharing
Note: sign up between Dec. 15-30


The Brutal Truth about Beta Readers (how to find them, what to look for)

Dec. 7-8  #PitchMAS and Dec. 12 Pitchmas Twitter Party
  • What: A two-part contest: (1) Send in your pitch to the blog to be one of the 50 chosen to be featured for agents to look at and comment on. Pitches accepted only between Dec. 7-8 (9 a.m. Pacific time). (2) if you didn't make it to the top 50, join the Twitter pitch party with agents and editors on Dec. 12. Check the website for rules and additional details including a participating list of agents and editors. 
  • Who: Open to All with a Twitter Account
  • Prize: agent and editor requests for manuscripts
Jan. 15- Feb. 27 Sustainable Arts Foundation

  • What: grant supporting writers and artists with families
  • Who: must have at least one child under 18 in household
  • Prize: Two $6,000 grants, one to a writer and one to an artist; preference given to San Francisco Bay Area residents

  • What: submit your unpublished YA or adult novel
  • Eligibility: only unagented, unpublished works, YA & up, no children's novels
  • Prize: £1000 and possible representation

Mar. 1-31 SCBWI Work In Progress Grants
  • What: Submit your 1) Picture books, (2) Chapter books/early readers, (3) Middle grade, (4) Young adult, (5) Nonfiction, and (6) Multicultural
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: your work presented to a hand-selected group of editors

  • What: If you are over 50 and not traditionally published, you can apply along with the SCBWI WIP grant for this award
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: $500 plus free tuition to any SCBWI conference

Mar. 1-31 Don Freeman Grant
  • What: Submit a PB dummy with two finished illustrations or ten finished illustrations
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: Two $1,000 grants for illustrators, one published and one unpublished

Dec. 1-25   Story Advent Calendar Blog Hop
What: Join Chapter Book Challenge's blog hop featuring a holiday story a day. Post one on your blog and link to this challenge