The Weekly 411 (11/27/15)

© Dow Phumiruk

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, Issue #48                                                                               

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Rate Your Story is OPEN for 2016 enrollment. Early birds get special prices.  (RYS offers its members tips, constructive comments, and a handy-dandy rating scale to help craft and improve your manuscripts for submission) 

  • What: Apply for a mentorship with an experienced editor or published author to prepare a manuscript for publication
  • Who: Emerging authors from a marginalized social group 
  • What: Apply for a one-year based fellowship in children's literature, that includes graduate level study and two residencies
  • Fee: Paid tuition

Dec, 7-11  The 5th Annual Holiday Contest with Susanna Hill
  • What: write a holiday-themed story under 350 words following the prompt given
  • Prizes: picture book critiques with professionals, classes, books, more
Feb. 1 #PBPitch
  • What:  Twitter pitch party for picture book manuscripts
  • Prizes: Attention from agents

May 2016 Meet the Publishers (Melbourne, Australia) Sign up to meet with editors and industry professionals. Opportunities for one-on-one meetings and critiques.

June 10-12 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference a comprehensive conference on children's nonfiction publishing. Faculty include publishers, agents, book packagers, authors, illustrators, and more. Opportunities for intensive workshops and one-on-one consolations. 

Mar 1-31 RefoReMo (Read for Research Month) with Carrie Charley Brown
What: Read to research for your picture books. Get inspired and win prizes.

Gotham Writer's Workshop - excellent online writing workshops with group critiques. All categories, not just kid lit.


  1. I just want to say I'm happy to see Dow's artwork at the top of this post. Her work is stunning. I've been seeing it around lately on the web, through kidlit/SCBWI sites, and it's stand-out work. I hope to see her in print soon!

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to say so!! :)


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