MARCH Middle Grade and Young Adult Opportunities

Welcome to the MG/YA Opportunities post! Find all of the monthly opportunities on the MG/YA support page! All opportunities are available to anyone with an internet connection.

Does your local writing organization, SCBWI region, etc. host virtual events that are available to anyone with an internet connection? Would you like them listed here?  Please share the info in the comments, or use our Contact Form.

To see all the monthly opportunities, what’s available all year long, and what’s coming up the rest of this year, visit the MG/YA SUPPORT resource page.

Hey writers,

This month, I invite you to:

  1. Pick one resource or opportunity. Think about what you’re working on right now and pick something that will help you make progress with that work!
  2. Fill out the google form to be a featured guest in future blog posts. I promise the interview process will be simple, efficient, and fun! The only requirement is that you write MG or YA!!
  3. Share which resources you utilized in the past month in the comments. Let’s share terrific resources. The kidlit writing community consistently lifts each other up, and this blog can be another space to just that.

Will you join me on this journey?


Lexi’s MARCH GAME PLAN

This month I want to find consistent time to write and insist on BIC (butt in chair) at least once a week. I am looking for those opportunities that will inspire me to make BIC happen!

  • FREE Write. Submit. Support. (WSS) Craft & Community Night

What will you accomplish this month? Let’s celebrate and support each other in the comments!


MARCH HAPPENINGS

Four on 400 (free) A monthly contest where 1 kidlit writer is selected to receive feedback on the opening 400 words of their manuscript (MG and YA writers) March 4, 2023.

Children’s Novel Workshop ($)
Work with a developmental editor in a “novel overview and first chapter critique workshop” with SIX 30-minute Zoom meetings and create a skeleton draft of your children’s chapter book, middle grade novel, or young adult novel. March 1 – April 30, 2023. Led by Anastasia Suen, author (and ghostwriter) of 400+ books for children, teens, and adults.

Color of Children’s Literature Conference ($)
Join us online for an incredible weekend with top editors, agents, authors & illustrators in the children’s/YA publishing world. Our spring conference is an excellent opportunity for BIPOC writers & illustrators to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry. Please note that this conference is EXCLUSIVELY for Black, Indigenous and POC writers and illustrators. March 31 – April 2, 2023. Link goes to “save the date” page, check website for more details. Hosted by Kweli Journal.

SCBWI Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Grant (See note*)
Submissions open March 1 – March 31. Recognizes a promising manuscript by a writer over the age of 50 who has never been published. Submit in conjunction with the Work-in-Progress Awards (see below). *No application fee, but applicant must be a member of SCBWI, which requires dues.

SCBWI Work-in-Progress Awards (See note*)
Submissions open March 1 – March 31. Annual awards given to writers of children’s books in support of a work in progress that is not already under contract, including picture books. *No application fee, but applicant must be a member of SCBWI, which requires dues.

SCBWI Regional Webinars ($) SCBWI offers webinars across the regions in the US and abroad. Follow this link to a list of the webinars being provided by the various regions.

HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION COURSES($)

  • Line Editing Your MG or YA Novel This six-week online course offers the skills to revise and enrich your novel, and features live sessions with faculty, structured assignments, community interaction, and goal-setting.

THE LOFT ($) The LOFT LITERARY CENTER offers a variety of courses each month, but not all are specifically for kidlit writers.

The Writer’s Loft ($)

  • None listed yet! Check back for updates!

THE WRITING BARN COURSES ($)


REGISTER IN MARCH, HAPPENING LATER:

Keep an eye on some FUTURE opportunities you might want to register for early:

Children’s Novel Workshop ($)
Work with a developmental editor in a “novel overview and first chapter critique workshop” with SIX 30-minute Zoom meetings and create a skeleton draft of your children’s chapter book, middle grade novel, or young adult novel. April 1 – May 31, 2023. Led by Anastasia Suen, author (and ghostwriter) of 400+ books for children, teens, and adults.

INTRO TO VERSE NOVELS: A VIRTUAL TOUR OF LIMITATIONS AND LIBERATIONS OF VERSE NOVELS ($)

Join verse novelist Cordelia Jensen for a five-week online course to explore the fundamentals, celebrations, and challenges of writing novels in verse. You’ll be introduced to using this form to its utmost advantage, while taking into consideration the general foundations of storytelling. April 18th-May16th, 2023.

Master Skills Workshop with Patti Gauch and Gary Schmidt ($) Writers will come together for a week of workshops, craft talks, one-on-one editing and mentoring sessions, and readings. Online April 30, 2023-May 6th 2023.

Craft Webinar: Getting Unstuck in Your Novel with Padma Venkatraman ($) This webinar will be filled with concrete tips and hands-on ideas for you to use as a compass, to help you find direction, so that you can successfully complete your project. April 2nd, 2023.

Craft Webinar: Writing Heart-Centered Middle Grade with Evan Griffith ($) In this craft webinar, learn how to infuse your middle-grade novel with heart by making it emotionally autobiographical, however fictional or fantastical the story might be. Generative writing exercises will help you recall and explore childhood joys, dreams, fears, secrets, and desires so that you can weave your own emotional truths into your story. We’ll specifically explore memories and feelings tied to that transitional age range of middle-grade readers (8-13). May 6th, 2023.


Does your local writing organization, SCBWI region, etc. host virtual events that are available to anyone with an internet connection? Would you like them listed here?  Please share the info in the comments, or use our Contact Form.


Months of a Year Banner Illustrations by Lexi Donahue
Featured Image Line Art by Valenty, Can Stock Photos

 

3 comments

  1. Here’s another MG opportunity happening in April:
    Middle Grade Journey Writers’ Conference Saturday, April 15, United Theatre, Westerly, RI
    For more information contact: Susan R. Waide at Srwaide@cs.com, from the CT River Valley SCBWI Critique Group

    WESTERLY, RI – Are you a middle-grade author or aspire to publish books for readers between the ages of 8 and 12? If you answered yes, you may want to attend the Middle Grade Journey conference on Saturday, April 15, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the United Theatre, 5 Canal Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. Register at https://unitedtheatre.org/shows/middle-grade-journey. Space is limited to 65 writers (18 & older). The cost is $75.00 and includes lunch.

    Meet Middle Grade Authors Rob Buyea, Leslie Connor, Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, Kimberly Behre Kenna, Lee Y. Miao, and Jane Yolen. Sunita Apte, editor from Reycraft Books/Benchmark, Erica Bauman, agent from Aevitas Creative Management, Stephen Fraser agent from Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, and Eileen Robinson, editorial director from Charlesbridge Move Books will be on hand to talk about the craft of writing for middle grade and what is on their wish list. Writers will have the opportunity to pitch up to 40 words from their middle-grade novel in progress. Selected pitches will be reviewed by the agent/editor/author panel at a live Pitch Party.

    Free parking is available, and the theatre is within walking distance of the train station. Discounted hotel accommodations are available at nearby La Quinta Hotel in Pawcatuck, Connecticut for the writers’ conference.

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  2. Just this past month I judged the CYBILS Award for Middle Grade Fiction. I would classify this under the ‘reading to hone my craft category’ and would encourage everyone to check out our finalists…they are some amazing middle grade books to read and inspire your own writing!
    http://www.cybils.com

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