The Weekly 411 (3/29/19)

© Gary Fabbri

March 29, 2019 vol. 12

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 Gary Fabbri.


We're excited to debut the trailer for NOAH NOASAURUS, by Elaine Kiely Kearns, illustrated by Colin Jack (Albert Whitman & Co. April 1, 2019):


We are pleased to feature four amazing debut MG authors in our March joint spotlight:

  • Quinn Sosna-Spear, THE REMARKABLE INVENTIONS OF WALTER MORTINSON (Simon & Schuster, April 2)
  • Joshua Levy, SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY (Carolrhoda Books, Mar. 5) 
  • Katherine SparrowLITTLE APOCALYPSE (Harper Collins March 12, 2019)
  • Gillian McDunn, CATERPILLAR SUMMER (Bloomsbury Children's Books, April 2, 2019)

Enter to win all four books!

We are also excited to feature picture book author Cathy Ballou Mealey and her debut book, WHEN A TREE GROWS, illustrated by Kasia Nowowiejska (Sterling Children's Books, April 2, 2019). Enter to win a copy!

For Writers


What to Do After Finishing Your First Draft

Query Letters

Submissions: Agents & Editors

The Truth about Publishing 

April 1  Wergle Flop Humor Poetry Contest 

  • What: submit your humorous poem no longer than 250 words
  • Prize: $1000 first prize, $250 second prize, $100 honorable mentions

April 1 noon-6 p.m. EST Authoress: Secret Agent Contest
  • What: submit the first 250 words of your completed manuscript (MG, especially adventure stories & historical fiction, YA contemporary romance, YA magical realism) 
  • Prize: 50 randomly selected manuscripts will be selected for critique by the blog community and a secret agent
July 1-Sept. 30 SLF Gulliver Travel Grant
  • What: apply for a grant to cover airfare, lodging, or travel expenses associated with researching speculative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction)
  • Prize: $1,000 grant

Legal Resources for Creatives

Life Plus 70 (Agent Ethan Ellenberg talks about negotiating rights)


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  1. Wow, What a great Noah trailer, Elaine! The simplicity of it really pulled me in. Great bold colors to emphasize NO also.

  2. Thanks for all this great info — especially the contests!

  3. Very useful links this week and a fun book trailer. Thanks also for the giveaway opportunity.

  4. Love the trailer! Great links. Thanks!

  5. Yay! What a great month for our group! ❤️


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