The Weekly 411 (1/7/22)


© Hayley Lowe

Jan. 7, 2022 vol. 1

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updatesAre you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Hayley Lowe.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Leigh Lewis and her debut middle grade book, Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas, illustrated by Sara G√≥mez Wooley (National Geographic Kids), coming out on January 11! Enter to win a copy.

We are excited to feature author Nancy Tandon and her debut middle grade novel, THE WAY I SAY IT, (Charlesbridge January 18, 2022) 

Enter to win a copy!

Cover designer: Chris Hsu 

Contests & Awards

  • What: submit a magazine article or story published in 2021 (fiction, nonfiction, illustration, poetry)
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: a plaque recognizing merit
  • What: apply for a $5000 grant for art or writing
  • Who is eligible: creative people who are parents of children
  • Award: $5000 grants
  • What: submit one humorous poem less than 250 lines
  • Prize: cash prizes ($2000 first place, $500 second place, $100 honorable mention)

Jan. 12-14 Author Mentor Match
  • What: a mentorship to revise a completed MG or YA manuscript with agented/published MG/YA authors
  • Who is eligible: un-agented & unpublished MG/YA writers
  • When to apply: AMM Round 9 application period January 12-14, 2021 

Indie Publishing

The Value of Book Distribution is Often Misunderstood by Authors

The Self-Publishing Checklist

Picture Books

The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: Authors Talk Humor in Children's Books

Middle Grade

No Joke! Humor and Culture in Middle-Grade Books


  1. Ahhhh, I always wanted to be a pirate. Can't wait to read about all those women who did :)


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