November is a great month for writers! For one, it’s National Novel Writing Month. You can join NaNoWriMo and challenge yourself, in the company of other writers, to write a first draft of a novel in one month. Doesn’t matter what genre you write in. All are welcome.
Of course, picture book writers can’t really participate in NaNoWriMo but not to despair. It’s also Picture Book Idea Month! Picture book writers are challenged to come up with 30 ideas for picture books in 30 days with inspirational posts from great people in the industry all month long. Plus those who have registered can enter to win some great prizes including feedback from agents. Bonus!
While writing can be a very solitary endeavour, this month offers fun ways to join together and find camaraderie. Of course, Sub It Club is always happening! Connect with other writers and illustrators in our Sub It Club Critique Partner Matchup or jump in and talk submissions in our Submission Support Group! We talk a lot about contests too. Speaking of which, we’d better get on to the Contest Roundup. Lots of pitch opportunities coming up, a few awards, a grant, and more —
10/31: New Visions Award – Open to MG and YA by writers of color living in the U.S. “Manuscripts should address the needs of children and teens of color by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to LGBTQ+ topics or disabilities may also be included.” Submit your synopsis, first five chapters, and a cover letter. Winner to receive $1000.00 and a standard publishing contract from Tu Books. Honor Award winner to receive $500.00.
10/31: WNDB Mentorship Program – Open to PB, MG, and YA fiction and non-fiction. Writers of diverse backgrounds or those writing stories with diverse characters may apply. See the program post for details on how to enter. 5 one-year mentorships are offered.
11/4: Kidlit 411 Win a Portfolio Review – Open to illustrators. Enter the rafflecopter drawing for a chance to have your portfolio reviewed by Caldecott Illustrator Eric Rohman!
11/12: Dear Lucky Agent Contest – Open to romance novels and romantic new adult. Enter the first 250 words of your completed manuscript along with the title and logline and proof that you shared the contest via social media. Winner to receive a 10-page critique from agent Marisa A. Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency, a one year subscription to WritersMarket.com, and books.
11/12: #KidPit – Open to all genres for children: board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, MG, and YA. Pitch completed manuscripts only using the #kidpit hashtag on Twitter from 9:00 a.m. EST to 3:00 p.m. EST. You can find the details here.
11/15: Emerging Voices Grant – SCBWI members only. Open to “any writer or writer/illustrator from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America.” Enter a 250 word synopsis, 250 word autobiographical statement and career summary, manuscript, etc. Winner receives a paid trip and tuition to the annual SCBWI Summer Conference in 2016.
11/17: #ArtPit – Open to illustrators, author/illustrators, graphic novel writer/illustrators, and artists. 9am – 4pm EST. Tweet your pitch and attached illustration on Twitter using the #ArtPit hashtag. Additional information can be found here: http://novelpitch.com/2015/10/04/introducing-artpit-by-heidi-norrod/ More info to come.
11/30: Hudson Review Short Fiction Contest – Enter your unpublished fiction piece of 10,000 words or less. First prize to receive $500, 2nd and 3rd places to each receive $250 plus publication in the Hudson Review. Learn more about the Hudson Review on their website.
12/1: SCBWI Exclusive – This is not a contest but I wanted to add it so that Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators members don’t miss the opportunity. Balzer + Bray is open to unsolicited submissions from SCBWI members until December 1, 2015. Be sure to read the interview and check out their Facebook page.
12/10: #SFFPit – Pitch your Science Fiction and Fantasy on Twitter using the #SFFPit hashtag along with a tag for age category and genre/subgenre (See lengthy list on info link). Open to picture books, middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult works as long as it is an unpublished work of science fiction or fantasy. 8am to 8pm EST.
1/8: #WritePit – Open to faith-based works only. Picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, new adult, adult readerships, fiction, and nonfiction are welcome as long as the manuscript contains an element of faith defined as “affiliated with or based on a religious group.” Pitch your manuscript on Twitter using the #WritePit hashtag along with a tag for the readership and genre. Complete manuscripts only with the exception of nonfiction proposals which must also include the hashtag #WritePit-P.
1/13: #PITCHBFB – Open to Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult manuscripts only. Pitch your completed manuscript to Book Fish Books on Twitter using the #PITCHBFB hashtag from 8am to 8pm CST. Editors will be making requests via favorites and promise personalized feedback on submissions they have requested. A few submissions will receive critiques on the first three chapters of their work and one participant will receive a critique on their full manuscript.
1/31: Deborah Rogers Foundation Writer’s Award – Open to unpublished writers who are residents within the British Commonwealth and Eire. Enter your 20,000 – 30,000 fiction or nonfiction WORK IN PROGRESS along with a brief synopsis and bio. Winner to receive £10,000.
That’s all I’ve got for now. If you know of another great contest please leave a link to it in the comments!