The Weekly 411 (6/1/18)

© Steliyana Doneva

June 1, 2018 vol. 22

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updates. Are you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie


On the first of each month in 2018, we feature an illustrator who won or placed in our Kidlit411 banner contest, and we switch our website banner and Facebook page cover image. Today we present Nancy Colle and her work.

© Nancy Colle


We are excited to feature author Demetra Brodsky and her debut YA thriller, DIVE SMACK (Tor Teen, June 19, 2018). Enter to win a copy!

cover © Steven Youll

Today we are pleased to feature Bulgarian illustrator Steliyana Doneva and her latest book AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY MOTH, by Karlin Gray (Sleeping Bear Press, April 2018).

Picture Books

Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature (over 6,000 digitized children's books)

For Writers

For Illustrators

Diversity in Kidlit

Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

Sept. 22 MFA Solstice Conference: Agents, Editors, Writers Join a small group of writers meeting with agents and editors for critiques and panels in a one-day workshop. (Belgrade Lakes, ME)

Oct 20 Rutgers One-on-One Conference Children's writers and illustrators work one-on-one with industry professionals (editors, agents, art directors, or published authors & illustrators) as mentors for a work in progress. You are guaranteed a 45-minute individualized critique and you join a roundtable discussion with four other mentor pairs. Application deadline June 30 for fiction and June 21 for nonfiction.

Contests & Awards

June 7 Pitmad

  • What: Pitch your story on Twitter using the #Pitmad hashtag between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Who: unaccented writers, all categories/ genres
  • Prize: agent attention and requests for your ms
June 21 PBPitch
  • What: Pitch your picture book manuscript on Twitter using the #PBPitch hashtag between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Who: un-agented PB writers 
  • Prize: agent attention and requests for your manuscript

June 6 7 p.m. EST Opportunities in the Magazine Market (KidlitNation) Join editor of Spider Magazine Jestine Ware in a chat about writing for the children's magazine market.


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  1. Excellent edition as always Elaine and Sylvia! Thank you for putting so much work into these wonderful weekly bulletins. You both are rock stars!


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