The Weekly 411 (2/6/15)

© Lisa Anchin

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, Issue #6

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Live from New York: Kidlit411 is at the SCBWI Conference! Check out our FB group for details on our Kidlit411 meet up.

The 2015 Caldecott and Newberry Awards were awarded this week. Congratulations to Dan Santat for the Caldecott (THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND) and to Kwame Alexander for the Newberry (THE CROSSOVER). A full list of the ALA winners here.


This week we feature author Suzanne Lewis and illustrator Lisa Anchin. They are the author and illustrator of the newly released PB, A PENGUIN NAMED PATIENCE. Both are giving away signed copies.

Contests & Awards

Jan. 19-Mar. 2 The KBR 2015 Unpublished PB Manuscript Award
  • What: Submit a PB under 400 words or 1 illustration
  • Who: Australian resident living in Australia or overseas over 18 years old
  • Fee: $25 (AUS) for a manuscript, $15 (AUS) for illustration
  • Prize: $200 plus fast track consideration by Walker Books Australia for ms; $100 plus consideration by Walker Books Australia

Feb. 22  March Madness Poetry 2015 Application Period Closes

  • What: a month long kidlit poetry contest determined by public voting in knock out rounds (contest takes place Mar. 8-April 2)
  • Prize: bragging rights and one year possession of The Thinkier statue
  • Where to apply: Apply to be one of the 32 competitors here

April 2    #ICBDKidLitArtPitch International Children’s Book Illustration Day Twitter Party
  • What: Pitch your sample illustrations or dummy excerpts from PB to MG
  • Prize: Get interest from agents

Mar. 1-30 Fiction University: At-Home Workshop: Revise Your Novel
What: YA Author Janice Hardy walks us through a day-by-day step-by-step process for revising a novel

April 23-26   PB&J: Picture Books and All that Jazz 2105. A Highlights workshop all about picture books with authors Darcy Pattison and Leslie Helakoski. (Honesdale, PA)