Monday, December 10, 2012

Good Ol' Opportunity: Redux

As reported in my December 5 post “Good Ol’ Opportunity,” in which I offered my Thumbs Up  review of Melissa Ambramovitz’s guide to writing nonfiction children’s magazine articles, A Treasure Trove of Opportunity, a multitude of publishing rainbows besides those first sought await children’s book writers on their road to publication.

In other words, Opportunity knocks often and loudly in the Children’s Book World.

Check out the following pots o’gold waiting for you should you answer your door:

(1)   Highlights Magazines Current Editorial Needs – for both nonfiction and fiction

(2)  the Highlights 2013 Fiction Contest

This coming year, the judges welcome stories of any genre (mystery, historical fiction, sports, humor, holiday, etc.) as long as the stories are intended for kids ages 6 to 8.
Three prizes of $1,000 or tuition for any Highlights Founders Workshop will be awarded.
Entries must be postmarked between January 1 and January 31, 2013.

(3)  The 12x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge

This is the perfect follow-up to PiBoIdMo.  
Participants will be encouraged to write one picture book draft a month, for 2013’s twelve months.
Registration is now open.
You’ll receive support, motivation and accountability, not to mention insights and instruction from authors, illustrators, editors, art directors and agents.

Please note: NaNoWriMo participants can continue learning at the challenge's blog.

Be sure to check back for the first TeachingAuthors post of the New Year when we offer our readers yet one more opportunity to work their writing muscles throughout the coming year.
Good Luck! – and – Happy Holidays!

Esther Hershenhorn
Don’t forget our TeachingAuthors  autographed Book Giveaway of former TA JoAnn Early Macken’s newest, Write a Poem Step by Step: A Simple, Logical Plan You Can Follow to Write Your Own Poems.

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