The Weekly 411 (3/22/19)

© Nichole Wong Forti

March 22, 2019 vol. 11

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. This week's illustration is by Nichole Wong Forti.


The Kidlit for Christchurch auction to fight Islamaphobia is up from March 24-27. Bid to win critiques, books, agent and editor consultations, and more.


We are so excited to feature our own Elaine Kiely Kearns and her debut picture book, NOAH NOASAURUS, illustrated by Colin Jack (Albert Whitman April 1, 2019). Enter to win one of two signed copies!

  • What: submit your MG or YA novel or graphic novel, particular interest in literary science fiction, but all genres welcome
  • Who: writers of color or Native American nations, U.S. residents 18 or over, previously unpublished in MG or YA
  • Prize: $2000 plus standard publication contract
  • What: submit your PB manuscript
  • Who: writers of color or Native American nations, U.S. residents 18 or over, previously unpublished in PB, only un-agented submissions accepted
  • Prize: $2,000 plus standard publication contract
Sept. 1-31 SCBWI Emerging Voices Grant 
  • What: Submit your PB, MG, or YA manuscript
  • Who: SCBWI members, writers or writers/illustrators from traditionally underrepresented group, un-agented, unpublished
  • Prize: 2 winners will receive a paid trip & tuition to the SCBWI LA conference, a manuscript critique, and showcase to editors

Sept. 25-27 Pitchwars
  • What: submit your query, first chapter and synopsis of a finished manuscript
  • Who: all categories of writers (children to adult)
  • Prize: obtain a published author mentor who will help you revise your manuscript and present it in an agent showcase in Feb. 2020

Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

May 8, 8:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Middle Grade v. Young Adult Fiction, a Q&A with Cheryl Klein  Cheryl Klein, editorial director at Lee & Low, will explore the differences between middle grade and young adult fiction in this structured Q&A session. There will be time for audience questions at the end of the Q&A. Unable to attend live? All registrants will have access to the recording for 30 days after the event. (link is an affiliate link: signing up through this will help support Kidlit411)

June 14-16 Squam Writes Retreat A small group retreat for writers and illustrators of children's literature focused on craft and especially beneficial to those ready to start down the road to publication. There will be opportunities for feedback and plenty of time to write, make new friends, and recharge creative batteries in a beautiful New Hampshire lakeside setting. Every participant receives a one-on-one critique with an agent or editor. (Squam Lake, NH)
Diversity in Kidlit

"Go With What's Alive" and Other Writing Advice from Philip Roth

The Tao of Writing a Novel

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