The Weekly 411 (9/9/22)

© Tintin Pantoja

 Sept. 9, 2022 vol. 36

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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 and camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Tintin Pantoja.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Stacy Nockowitz and her debut middle grade novel, The Prince of Steel Pier (Kar Ben Publishing), out now! Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Alisha Mooning

We are excited to feature author Tanvi Berwah and her debut young adult novel, Monsters Born and Made! (Sourcebooks Fire), out now.

Enter to win a copy!

Cover designer is Natalie C. Sousa and the artist is Sasha Vinogradova

Middle Grade Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the middle grade nonfiction book, Middle School: Safety Goggles Advised (Familius), out now! Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

art by Leslie Imgart, design by Mara Harris

About the Book: Yes, there are cool things about middle school, like more independence, new friends, and new activities. But there’s baffling stuff too, like harsh judgment, the whole “popularity” thing, and, of course, drama. With fun illustrations, humor, and choose-your-own-adventure-style scenarios, this book will help you deal with the drama and define who you are when things get, well, weird. 

About the Author: Jessica Speer is the award-winning author of BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships and Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised. Her interactive books for preteens and teens entertain readers while exploring social-emotional topics. Blending humor, a dash of science, stories, and insights, her writing unpacks the social stuff that peaks during adolescence. She has a master’s degree in social sciences and explores topics in ways that connect with kids. For more information, visit

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sept. 24, 9 am-12:30 p.m. PDT Picture Book Revision Workshop 

A supportive, interactive online workshop with author Danielle Davis to help you revise your manuscript, reflect on your writing journey, receive inspiration, and revitalize YOUR storytelling. All writers and writer-illustrators welcome.

Submissions: Agents and Editors

Don't Outsource Your Agent Search

Graphic Novels

A Literary Agent's Guide to Querying Your Graphic Novel 

Contests & Awards

  • What: Apply for a nonfiction award
  • Who: any author or illustrator of a book published in 2022
  • Prize: $2500 plus $1000 to buy copies to distribute to schools and libraries
  • Whatpitch your MG or younger graphic novel projects
  • Who: un-agented writers or illustrators 
  • Prize: attention/requests from kid lit agents and editors
Sept. 15-Oct. 21 SCBWI Narrative Art Award
  • What: submit a narrative wordless sequence to the prompt, "tiny wonders"
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: all-expenses paid trip to NY SCBWI conference
  • What: Submit a 500-word essay on why funds would provide encouragement for your writing/illustration career
  • Who: author, illustrator, or translator with at least one traditionally-published book
  • What: $2000 grant
  • What: apply for a grant
  • Who: early career illustrators with 1-3 books published
  • Prize: first place $3500, runner up $1500 award


  1. Would love to win Jessica Speer’s Middle Grade book. She’s an amazing author.

  2. This book is going to be so helpful for readers. I wish I'd had this book when I was growing up.

  3. Glad to see the weekly emails again. All these books look awesome. Thank you!

  4. I’ve missed this newsletter. It’s good to have you back !


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