The Weekly 411 (8/4/17)

© Kathryn Ault Noble

Aug. 4,  2017, vol. 31

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New agent alert: Jenna Pocius is at the Red Fox Literary, looking for clever PB texts, character-driven novels, nonfiction, illustrators

Open call for unagented MG &YA fantasy manuscripts by Carolrhoda Books at Lerner Publishing

Who's buying children's books? Nelson study: Why You Shouldn't Judge Children's Book Buyers by their Covers


This week we feature the fabulous Marcie Colleen. Enter to win her books the SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS BOOK #5 AND #6! (Macmillan)

Contests & Awards

July 30-Aug 6 KidlitNation Critique Raffle

  • What: Buy raffle tickets for the chance to get critiques from agents and editors. Proceeds will fund scholarships for diverse writers and illustrators to attend the SCBWI-IL conference.

Aug. 15 Kidlit Nation Scholarship to SCBWI PWID Conference
  • What: Apply for a scholarship to attend the SCBWI Prairie Writers and Illustrators Conference in November
  • Who: writers & illustrators of underrepresented racially diverse background who have never been to the conference 
  • What: submit 2-3 sequential illustrations
  • Prize: receive a critique from Charisma Rodriguez, Associate Art Director at Houghton Mifflin
  • What: Apply for a $5000 grant for your writing or illustrating endeavors
  • Who: anyone with a child under age 18
Sept 13  SCBWI Narrative Art Award

  • What: submit 3 panels of narrative art including 3 characters with a mystery theme, either color for young audiences or B&W for MG audiences
  • Prize: a trip to the NY SCBWI in 2018
  • What: Pitch your picture book manuscript between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 26
  • Prize: Agent attention and requests
Rejection- by Maple Lam

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