The Weekly 411 (5/22/20)

© Fatinha Ramos

May 22, 2020 vol. 21

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 Fatinha Ramos.


The children's publishing industry lost a few important figures last week: Carol Reidy, President & CEO, Simon & Schuster and Tom Low, co-founder of Lee & Low Books.


Today we are excited to feature illustrator Fatinha Ramos and her recent picture book, LOVE AROUND THE WORLD, written by Fleur Pierets (Six Foot Press, Nov. 2019). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature Katelyn Aronson and her debut picture book, PIGLETTE, illustrated by Eva Byrne (Penguin Random House, May 26, 2020).  Enter to win a copy! (Due to the pandemic, copy will be mailed at a later date.)

Johnell Dewitt's interviews with author-illustrator Ken Lamugauthor-illustrator Jason Plattagent Brent Taylor (on submitting GNs), author-illustrator Mark Swan (on storyboarding)

Scrivening Comics

Penny Parker Klosterman (Q&As, critiques, webinars)

How to Diagnose Big Picture Problems in Your Novel

Marketing a Picture Book in a Pandemic

Contests & Awards

We Need Diverse Books - Emergency Funds for Diverse Creatives in Publishing
  • What: apply for emergency funds during the pandemic
  • Who: people of color in the children's publishing industry (agents, editors, authors, illustrators) who've been furloughed or lost their jobs
  • Award: emergency funds
June 4 8a.m.-8p.m. EDT #Pitmad

  • What: pitch your completed unpublished manuscript
  • Prize: interest from agents & editors (inviting you to query)
  • What: apply for one of ten $2,000 grants (apply by June 30 or first 300 applicants, whichever comes first)
  • Who: diverse, unpublished writer or illustrator (PB thru YA)
  • Prize: $2000 grant 
  • What: apply for grant to attend SCBWI's online Summer Spectacular (July 31-Aug4)
  • Who: Indigenous and people of color who identify as women
  • Prize: full tuition and free manuscript consultation with an editor or agent
Aug. 1 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant

  • What: apply for a grant to help complete a novel-in-progresss
  • Who: writers of a published novel for children or teens who've gotten good reception but not significant sales
  • Prize: $5,000
  • What: design a website banner for Kidlit411
  • Prize: 1st place: $150 + Illustrator Spotlight & display of banner; 2nd place: $100 + Illustrator Spotlight & display of banner; 10 honorable mentions: Illustrator Spotlight & display of banner
  • What: submit your unpublished picture book manuscript under 1500 words (fiction, nonfiction or poetry) addressing the needs of children of color or Native Americans
  • Who: un-agented writers of color or Native Americans who have not traditionally published a picture book
  • Prize: Award winner: $2,000 plus standard publication contract, Honor winner: $1,000
  • What: submit your unpublished middle grade or YA novel or graphic novel addressing the needs of children of color or Native Americans (MG < 75,000 words, YA < 95,000); submissions must be exclusive
  • Who: un-agented writers of color or Native Americans who have not traditionally published a novel
  • Prize: Award winner: $2,000 plus standard publication contract, Honor winner: $1,000
Submissions: Agents & Editors

Submissions 101: Tracking Queries

Revisions/ Writing Courses

May 27 6-8:30 p.m. EST The Long Haul with Meg Medina  Newbery medalist, New York Times best-selling author, and JRW member Meg Medina will speak about developing a long-term strategy for a career in writing and publishing. Learn what that has looked like in Meg’s career to date, as she offers guidance and tips for success from her personal experience. ($12)

May 28 Revision Toolbox with Emma Dryden Revision is frequently feared, often overwhelming, and always necessary. In this workshop, renowned editor Emma D Dryden will demystify the revision process by exploring a variety of specific and concrete revision techniques and tools to help authors experience their work with fresh eyes and new perspectives. This workshop will give writers at all levels a renewed confidence in re-visioning their work and a toolbox of revision techniques to apply to their own works in progress. Attendees will be given handouts and worksheets to use during and after the workshop. ($39)

15 Authors Share Their Stories & Advice

Top Ten Query Tips

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