The Weekly 411 (4/618)

© Rebecca Gerlings
April 6, 2018, vol 14

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This week we feature Jessica Leake in the Author Spotlight.  Jessica's novel, Beyond a Darkened Shore (HarperTeen, 2018) releases this month. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of her book.

Today we have a double feature: picture book author Laura Sassi and illustrator Rebecca Gerlings, the team behind the new book, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE (Sterling). Be sure to enter their giveaway (U.S./Canada addresses only).

On April 1, we featured illustrator Rachel Dutton in the spotlight. As the second place winner of our Kidlit411 website banner contest, her banner design is now live on our site for the month of April as well as in our Facebook page. Read all about her work!

© Rachel Dutton

April 1- 15 Writing in the Margins Mentorship

  • What: submit a statement of intent, query letter & your MS
  • Who: emerging author from marginalized social group
  • Prize: mentorship with experienced editor or traditionally published author

April 18 #RevPit2018
  • What: submit a query and a synopsis of your ms to two editors
  • Prize: chance to get revision feedback from an editor
Aug. 31 New Voices Award

  • What: submit your unpublished PB manuscript to Lee & Low Books
  • Who: unpublished writers of color and Native nations
  • Prize: $2,000 and standard publication contract; 2nd place $1,000

Children’s Literary Agents Roundup: How to Write for Young Audiences

Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

April 16-May 10 Inked Voices Young Adult Fiction Workshop, with Andrea Cascardi, Transatlantic Agency
April 16th-May 10th

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  1. As always, this issue was full of information I needed. Thank you Elaine and Sylvia for working so hard for the kidlit community.

  2. Love seeing it all in one place! Grateful to you both, Elaine and Sylvia!

  3. Thanks for all you do, Elaine and Sylvia!


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