Thursday, March 1, 2018

Opportunities Abound: Awards, Teaching Gigs, Magazine Submissions

Sno-Isle Libraries Call for Proposals

Sno-Isle Libraries is entering our third year of offering our popular Write Now series in our 23 libraries. We’ve taken a bit of an analysis of our offerings and customer interest, and we would like to add additional classes aimed at adult writers writing for a youth audience. We currently have a few SCBWI members on our roster including Deb Lund, J. Anderson Coats, and Lisa Mantchev. I’m hoping that you will be willing to share our call for proposals with your members. We’re looking to add around five additional classes, but that number is flexible. We do pay instructors for classes, although, obviously since we’re a public library it’s by no means lucrative.

Proposals should be submitted via this link.
We’ll begin to review proposals on March 12.

SCBWI Book Award Deadlines Approach!

New Calls for Submission!
Cricket Media Seeks Submissions for our 
Award-Winning Children's Magazines
Good morning,
The editors at Cricket Media are delighted to share our latest calls for submissions, and we hope that you'll be willing to share them with your SCBWI Chapter. While we accept general submissions year-round, we're hoping to see some great new pieces on these topics in the coming months. 
Cricket Media seeks fiction, non-fiction, folktales, and poetry for our literary magazines for children and teens: Babybug (ages 0-3), Ladybug (ages 3-6), Spider (ages 6-9), Cricket (ages 9-14), and Cicada (ages 14 and up). Especially welcome are works by LGBTQIA+ writers/artists, writers/artists with disabilities, and writers/artists of color. We are sensitive to issues of cultural appropriation and misrepresentation.

Read on for our latest calls for submissions, and visit for more details.
Call for Submissions: Dragons
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Spider (for ages 6-9) is looking for stories, poetry, activities, and nonfiction exploring the theme of Dragons and Magic. Calling all dragons! We want big dragons, small dragons, serpent-like dragons, Viking dragons, gold-hoarding dragons, dragons that breath fire or ice, swimming dragons, flying dragons, burrowing dragons, fierce dragons, timid dragons, nice dragons, and even wannabe dragons. Send your traditional tales, but also stories with a creative contemporary spin. 
Call for Submissions: Family
Deadline: April 13, 2018

Cicada (for ages 14+) seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Family. We want to see honest works exploring all aspects of family life, whether it be family by relation or a family of choice. What connects a family? What might break it apart? How do we define family? In what ways do our familial connections heal or harm us? We are especially interested in works depicting found families and other nontraditional or nonnuclear families—show us how the family you build can be just as strong as (or stronger than!) the one you are born with.
Call for Submissions: Over the Rainbow
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Spider (for ages 6-9) and Ladybug (for ages 3-6) are looking for LGBTQAI+ inclusive fiction, poetry, and non-fiction manuscripts. We would like to see warm family stories, an entire story without gender pronouns, children with different gender expressions, and gentle realistic or metaphorical coming out stories. We are especially interested in matter-of-fact stories where being different isn’t the heart of the story, but part of the character’s identity.
Call for Submissions: It’s Magic
Deadline: April 15, 2018

Ladybug (for ages 3-6) is looking for magical short stories, retellings of folk and fairy tales, rebus stories, action rhymes, riddles, and songs. Tell us about enchanted keys, magicians, and talking animals, or share strange-but-true stories that would seem magical to a young child. Stories should have childlike points of view and simple yet strong plots; they need to be short, too (under 800 words). When reading submissions, we look for playfulness, humor, and a sense of wonder.
Call for Submissions: Endless Summer
Deadline: May 15, 2018

Cricket (for ages 9-14) seeks middle-grade fiction, nonfiction, poetry, recipes, and activities for our summer issues.  We’re looking for stories of less than 1,800 words about neighborhood adventures; new or unexpected friendships; summer jobs and attempts to earn money; beach holidays, summer camps, and sports teams; surprising encounters with nature; as well as fireworks, family trips, and long afternoons at the library. Submissions can be light or serious, but should have appealing, well-drawn characters and solid plots. Humor is always welcome.
Call for Submissions: Inventions
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Spider (for ages 6-9) is looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Inventions. Send us stories about objects or gadgets that intrigued you as a kid or that intrigue kids you know. Write about the origin of a toy, secret code or language, special technique or process, game or puzzle, school supply, musical instrument, or lesser-known technology. We’re interested in the gross and weird, silly and useless, and even fictional inventions. Especially welcome: works about inventions by kid inventors, women, and people of color. Please provide a source list if your submission is nonfiction.
Call for Submissions: Tell Me More
Deadline: May 15, 2018

Ladybug (for ages 3-6) seeks simple, compelling explorations of the young child’s world. Introduce our readers to a kid who lives in an unusual home, share a cultural tradition you know well, explore a new city with them, describe a cool invention, or tell them a story about an intriguing animal or ecosystem. We’re looking for writing attuned to a young child’s interests and capacity for joy and wonder. We accept narrative nonfiction (to 800 words), nonfiction (to 400 words) poetry (to 20 lines), and activities. Please include a source list.
Click here for a printable PDF of these and even more upcoming calls for submissions
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