The Weekly 411 (1/2/15)

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Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, Issue #1

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It's been one year since we started Kidit411, and we have been thrilled by the community that has formed around this site. To celebrate your help and support, we have several great posts and giveaways over the next few days:
  • Tuesday, Jan. 6: All about Craft giveaways
  • Wednesday, Jan. 7: Agent Spotlight with giveaway
Come back to see us next week for these giveaways!


The impressive Nick Bruel of BAD KITTY fame joins us in the spotlight this week.


Several great courses for kidlit writers & illustrators are starting in January. Be sure to check them out:
  • Renee LaTulippe's LYRICAL LANGUAGE LAB teaches kidlit writers poetic techniques and how to add punch to your prose. She runs these classes each month. Get in on the January class!

The Very Best Articles on Writing for 2014 (on Positive Writer) (a great compilation of writing articles)

Submissions: Agents & Editors

Writing Wednesdays: On Dream Agents

On Literary Agents

Molly Crabapple's 15 Rules for Creative Success in the Internet Age

Why Use Photo References

Jan. 1-30  My 500 Words: A Writing Challenge
What: Write at least 500 words a day (blogging counts, email doesn't)

Jan. 5, 14  Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge
Don't forget to sign up for 12x12. Registration for Gold members starts on Jan. 5, and other members on Jan. 14!

(Thanks to the Sub It Club for finding these contests. More non kidlit contests at their January Contest Round Up post)

Jan. 26 Sun v Snow   
  • What: Query and first pages (250 words) contest for Adult, NA, YA and MG. Opens at 4 pm Eastern until 200 entries are reached. Teams (2 of 15 each) will be posted on February 2nd. 14 agents participating. More details from last year’s contest can be found here.
  • Who: Adult, NA YA and MG writers with polished manuscript
  • Prize: Chance to be seen by agents outside the slush pile.
Jan. 31 Sharjah Exhibition  
  • What: Professional illustrations designed for children of all age groups. Must be original works that belong within a single book. Arists should include 250 word biography. Works will be evaluated by a selection committee from an international jury. 
  • Who: Children’s Illustrators
  • Prizes: Monetary prizes including 1st USD 8000 and inclusion in the Reading Festival Exhibition
  • Deadline: Forms and ID documents due January 31st, finished works due February 15th. More about the Festival here.