The Weekly 411 (10/26/18)

© Angela Domínguez
Oct. 26, 2018 vol. 43

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 We are pleased to feature picture book author and illustrator Angela Domínguez and her new book GALÁPAGOS GIRL: GALAPAGUEÑA! written by Marsha Diane Arnold (Lee & Low Books (Sept. 2018).Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature picture book author Annemarie Riley Guertin and her new book HOW THE FINCH GOT ITS COLORS, illustrated by Helena Pérez Garcia (Familius Mar 2018). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature picture book and middle grade author Susan Lubner and her middle grade novel, LIZZY AND THE GOOD LUCK GIRL (Running Press Kids Nov. 2018). Enter to win a signed copy of the book and a plush cat in a sweater!

Freelance Editors & Critiques

Contests & Awards

  • What: Write a Halloween story for kids under 100 words using the words shiver, cauldron and howl. Post your story between Oct 27-31.
  • Prizes: manuscript critiques, picture books, classes, and more

Nov. 9 Harper Collins Diverse Voices Open Inbox

  • What: submit your #ownvoices MG novel
  • Who: writers from diverse backgrounds
  • Prize: 1 grand prize winner will get an editorial letter from Harper Collins' editors and consideration for publication

  • What: submit your unpublished manuscript of 1000 words or less
  • Who:18 years or older from the United States
  • Prize: $3,000 and chance to have book published

Submissions: Agents & Editors

Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

The annual Southampton Children's Lit Conference provides a unique forum in which to study and discuss the craft of writing for children. Open to new, established and aspiring writers, the 5-day Conference takes place every July in the Hamptons, at the Eastern End of New York's Long Island—a resort area of natural beauty. World-renowned authors, illustrators and editors offer inspiration and guidance through workshops, lectures, group discussions and special presentations. Workshops in picture book, middle grade and young adult writing meet daily for 3 hour sessions (enrollment is limited to 12 students per workshop.) In the afternoons, participants choose from a wide range of elective sessions with distinguished authors, editors, publishers, and agents.  

2019 Children's Lit Conference 
July 10-14, 2019 
Picture Book with Dan Yaccarino
Middle Grade (Faculty TBA)
Young Adult with Donna Freitas

Nov. 15 deadline Children's Lit Fellows

The Children's Lit Fellows is a year-long certificate program that provides up to 12 serious children's or YA writers a year-long course of advanced instruction primarily in distance-learning format that is customized, affordable, comprehensive, and professionally useful. Fellows work from home, mentored on-on-one by award-winning, best-selling children's and young adult authors and editors. Twice a year, they come together as a cohort - once in July during the Southampton Children's Lit Conference and a second time in January for a special Publishing and Editing Conference.

During their year, Fellows complete one publishable YA or middle grade manuscript, or for chapter and picture book writers, three to five submission-ready manuscripts. The program may be taken for graduate credit or non-credit. Faculty mentors to date include Chris Barton, Laura Geringer Bass, Samantha Berger, Coe Booth, Dia Calhoun, Rachel Cohn, Lisa Desimini, Gayle Forman, Donna Freitas, Lorie Ann Grover, Cindy (Trumbore) Kane, Megan McCafferty,  Patricia McCormick, Margaret McMullan, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Tricia Rayburn, Tor Seidler, Amy Sklansky, Heidi Stemple, Ann Whitford Paul and Maryrose Wood.  


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