The Weekly 411 (9/23/16)

© Santiago Casares

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, issue #39

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Kirkus Prize Shortlist announced! See what children's books Kirkus considers among the best of 2016.


This week our Author in the Spotlight is Pablo Cartaya. He tells us about the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe, NV. 

Our Illustrator in the Spotlight is Santiago Casares.

Not sure how to Approach Social Media? CARE about your Readers

Oct. 20-23 Idyllwild Retreat/Splendid Mola A four day writing retreat with time for yoga & guided meditation. A fellowship is available to any writer who identifies with an underrepresented group in publishing and who has financial need. Applications accepted for fellowship until Sept. 25.

Oct. 27 #PBPitch
  • What: Twitter pitch party for picture books
  • Prize: Attention from agents & editors

  • What: Submit a PB dummy reflecting diversity
  • Who: un-agented illustrators, story/dummy may not be submitted elsewhere
  • Prize: $2500, a day of mentorship and visit to Little Brown's New York office; possible publication


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