Picture Book Support

Do you write or illustrate picture books? Find support for your writing and illustrating through these online kidlit communities, challenges, courses, contests, and events.

Fee or free? Here’s a key:
(free)
– no fee to enter or to participate
($) – fee to enter or to participate; fees vary
(*See note) – look for *explanation within the blurb

Year-round resources are listed first, followed by events and opportunities available each month. Click the name of a month to go directly to that month’s listings. NOTE: See monthly blog posts for special events scheduled during COVID-19 social distancing.

January                February               March                  April                       May                       June                      July                        August                  September         October               November          December

Know a good resource or event that isn’t on this list? Is it intended for picture book writers or illustrators? Is it available online (not an in-person conference or event)? Please tell us in the comments, or send a message through the Contact Form on the About Us page. Thanks.

Available all year:

Children’s Book Academy ($)
On-demand self-paced courses from industry professionals on a variety of topics. CBA also offers scheduled courses with faculty support; see monthly listings. Hosted by Mira Reisburg.

Color Collective (free)
Weekly Twitter challenge for illustrators where you make work based on a single color.

The Complete Picture Book Submissions System ($)
Takes you through each and every step of the submission process. No more fear. No more guesswork. Online course created by children’s authors Emma Walton Hamilton and Julie Hedlund.

Ditty of the Month Club (DMC) (free)
Practice writing in rhyme and submit your poem. A new challenge each month, plus interviews. Hosted by Michelle H. Barnes on Today’s Little Ditty website.

FireButtChallenge (free) (#FiBuCha)
About once a month, without warning, a #FiBuCha notice goes out on Twitter. You have 24 hours to write a new PB draft or revise an existing one. Grab a writing partner to keep yourselves accountable. Hosted by children’s authors Michal Babay and Katie Frawley.

KidLit Distancing Social (free)
A free educational hangout for kidlit writers featuring guest speakers, news, every Tuesday: 8pm Eastern Time, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific. Replays available here. Presented by Children’s Book Insider.

Highlights Foundation ($)
Offers in-person, online, and online on-demand workshops throughout the year for children’s writers and illustrators of all experience levels.

Institute of Children’s Literature ($)
Offers multipart course Writing for Children and Teens, with one-on-one mentorship by an industry professional; The Writers’ Block, an online community with many benefits including monthly critiques; and free weekly podcasts with Katie Davis. 

KidLit 411 (free)
Comprehensive online resource for children’s writers and illustrators, with associated Facebook group. KidLit411 has their own list of Writing Challenges here and Challenges for Illustrators here. Founded and maintained by Elaine Kiely Kearns and Silvia Liu.

#kidlitart (free)
Every Thursday, 9pm Eastern Time (2am UTC), Twitter chat for children’s book illustrators & friends. Moderated by author/illustrators @RubinPingk and Charlene Chua (@charlenedraws).

The Loft ($)
Minnesota-based writing community for writers of all genres, including children’s. All events and courses offered online instead of in-person, through September, 2021. Scholarships available.

Lyrical Language Lab / Peek & Critique (free)
YouTube channel available all year long, providing free critiques and lessons to kidlit writers every Monday. Hosted by children’s poet and author Renee LaTulippe.

Lyrical Language Lab Courses (*See note)
This online course teaches children’s writers the poetic techniques. Subscribe to mailing list for next availability. *Link lands on a page with links to five free lyrical language lessons, plus info about 10-week paid course. Hosted by children’s poet and author Renee LaTulippe.

Make Your Marks & Splashes! ($)
Self-paced online course on how to be a children’s book illustrator, hosted by children’s author/illustrator Mark Mitchell.

Making Picture Book Magic ($)
A 4-week course with short, daily lessons. Options for working with a small class or on your own. New enrollments begin the first of every month. Taught and hosted by children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill.

Master Course on Picture Book Writing and Editing  ($)
An intensive self-guided workshop on the eight Core Principles of picture book writing and editing. Taught and hosted by children’s author Karla Arenas Valenti.

Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge (free)
Participants agree to aim for 500 words or 1 hour of editing each day for a month. Five hundred words? That’s a whole picture book. Founded by author Kristy Acevedo.

#PBChat (free)
Every Wednesday, 9pm Eastern Time (2am UTC), Twitter chat about picture books, featuring special guests & topics. #PBChat. Hosted by children’s writer Justin Colón.

Penny’s Two Cents ($)
Picture book author Penny Parker Klostermann offers video chat sessions, small-group webinars, and packages that include feedback on picture book manuscripts. Contact Penny here to schedule.

Picture Book Study Hall ($)
Marcie Colleen hosts this month-long online critique group for writers who have multiple picture book manuscripts to revise. New session starts each month.

Picture Book University (free)
Series of lessons by picture book author Pam Calvert, on her blog.

Rate Your Story ($)
Year-round program with registration in November, December, and January. Manuscript critiques from professionals in the field, among other benefits. Nonmembers may submit for free critiques on open submission days, purchase a Speed Pass for a single critique, and participate in the fee-based annual contest.

ReFoReMo Monthly Mini Writing Challenge (free)
Themed monthly writing challenges the third Tuesdays of April through January. Hosted by our own Carrie Charley Brown and Kirsti Call, who also bring you the ReFoReMo challenge every March.

SCBWI ($)
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. International organization with a strong online presence, including challenges, webinars hosted by regional chapters but open to all, and active discussion boards on all topics of interest to children’s writers and illustrators.

SCBWI Regional Webinars ($)
The Nevada chapter of SCBWI keeps a comprehensive list of low-cost webinars hosted by Regional SCBWI chapters everywhere.

SCBWI Draw This! Challenge (See note*)
Monthly challenge for illustrators with a new theme each month. Submit by the 20th for next month’s gallery. *No application fee, but must be a dues-paying member of SCBWI.

SCBWI: YouTube Channel, The Vault (free)
SCBWI has over forty years of video archives featuring speakers at their annual conference–authors, illustrators, editors, agents, and publishers, now available on the YouTube channel, The Vault.

Society of Visual Storytelling ($)
Online courses for illustrators. Hosted by illustrators Will Terry, Lee White, and Jake Parker.

Storyteller Academy ($)
Online, on-demand courses taught by industry professionals. SAI also holds scheduled courses via Zoom with faculty and classes; see listings for January, May, and August. Monthly or annual fee includes access to all Signature Course Library courses, live workshops, and more. Hosted by writer/illustrator Arree Chung.

SubSix (free)
Children’s Book Creatives Support Group. Facebook group of children’s writers and illustrators working toward submission goals. 

Whale Rock Writing Workshops ($)
Whale Rock Workshops is a community of kidlit authors (aspiring and published) that facilitates writing through workshops, retreats, and online resources. Hosts online events throughout the year.

The Writers’ Loft (free and $)
Massachusetts-based writing community offering online events available to anyone with an internet connection.

Writers.com ($)
Offers online courses for writers in all genres, including children’s.

#write5minutes ($)
Short on time? Want to write a children’s book in 2021? Join the new #write5minutes cohort led by author and editor Anastasia Suen. Enrollment opens monthly.

Writing with the Stars (free)
Tara Luebbe’s popular program, pairing aspiring picture book writers and illustrators with published authors and illustrators for three-month mentorships, is on hiatus starting in 2020. Check the link above for updates. 

Complete Month by Month Listings

12×12 Picture Book Challenge ($)
Write 12 picture books in 12 months. Annual membership includes critique opportunities, monthly live webinars, and the support of the entire 12×12 community. Register in January and February for a full-year membership. Hosted by children’s author Julie Hedlund. 

Astra International Picture Book Writing Contest 2020 – 2021 (free)
The purpose of this contest is to encourage, discover and honor talented writers of texts for picture books from all over the world; to foster literary excellence in books for young children; and to promote international cooperation and understanding through picture books. Significant cash prizes in addition to option for publication for winners. Submissions open October 22, 2020 through April 30, 2021.

Children’s Book Academy course ($)
The Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books will be offered again in January, 2021. Join Assistant Editor Rosie Ahmed (Penguin Random House), acquiring Editor/Art Director/former Agent Mira Reisberg, and five guest Editors and Agents for a six-week intensive journey.

Learn Everything About Picture Books with Miranda Paul ($)
Join award-winning author Miranda Paul for a webinar covering the basics of what a picture book is, strategies for writing one, and an overview of language, terms, and skills used in picture book creating and publishing. Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 7pm – 8:30pm Central Time. Hosted by the Texas: Austin chapter of SCBWI.

NFFest Registration for 2021 event is January 15 – January 31 (see February listing)

2021 Virtual SCBWI Florida Annual Regional Conference ($)
This year’s theme: Finding Your Place in KidLit and Leaving Space for Others. Keynotes, Panels, Speakers, critiques. January 16 – 17, 2021.

Lyrical Language Lab ($)
Learn to make your picture books lyrical, whether or not they rhyme. Next 10-week class starts in January, 2021, taught by children’s author Renee LaTulippe. Sign up for email list to receive information about self-study courses.

Rate Your Story ($)
Manuscript critiques from professionals in the field, among other benefits. Sometimes holds open submission days with free critiques for nonmembers. Membership for 2021 is full but SpeedPass critiques are available. Also watch the site for events and free critique opportunities. 

ReFoReMo Monthly Mini Writing Challenge (free)
Themed monthly writing challenges the third Tuesday of the month from April through January, with a focus on extending mentor text research from the March ReFoReMo Challenge into writing. This month’s challenge happens January 19. Hosted by our own Carrie Charley Brown and Kirsti Call.

ReVISIONweek Tune-Up Day, Wednesday, January 20th (see September listing) 

Storystorm (free)
Come up with 30 story ideas in 31 days. Inspirational guest posts. Raffle of prizes for those who succeed. Hosted by children’s author Tara Lazar.

Storyteller Academy ($)
Online courses taught by a variety of professionals, related to writing and illustrating for children. Term 1 courses run from January through March. Hosted by Arree Chung.

Writing Picture Books: From Creation to Publication ($)
Award-winning children’s author Rosie J. Pova will cover the essential elements and steps in the process of creating picture books, from generating story ideas to finishing a first draft, picking a catchy title, to revising and submitting. Eight Mondays beginning January 11, 2021, enroll by January 4. Hosted by Writing Workshops.

THE WRITING BARN COURSES ($)
Beyond Fact-Flinging: Essential Elements to Elevate Info Books
Join Acclaimed nonfiction author Heather L. Montgomery for a six-week deep dive into the essential elements that take your nonfiction project from boring to breakthrough! Six Sundays, January 17 – February 21, 2021, 6pm – 8pm Central Time.

Writing with Authenticity ($)
Have you ever tried to write a picture book but feel like you or your audience just aren’t connecting to the story? Join author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley for a deep dive into writing picture books from the heart. Six Tuesdays, January 12 – February 16, 2021, 7pm – 9pm Central Time. 

February

12×12 ($): Register by end of month for 2021. See January listing.

Debut Review Challenge (free)
February-March challenge begins. Hosted by children’s writer Laura Renauld.

NonFiction Fest (free) (@NFFest)
NF Fest turns February into a crash course in writing nonfiction for children. Daily blog posts from authors and industry professionals and a Facebook community. Register by January 31 to be eligible for prizes. Hosted by the NonFiction Chicks: Lisa Amstutz, Stephanie Bearce, Nancy Churnin, Susie Kralovansky, Pat Miller, Linda Skeers, and Peggy Thomas.

#PBPitch (free)
A Twitter pitch party exclusively for picture books, happening February 11, 2021. Check website for full details, hashtags, and rules. Founded and run by Debra Kempf Shumaker, PJ McIlvaine, Mette Engell, and Mandy Yates. 

#FaithPitch (@Faith_Pitch) (free)
Twitter pitch party exclusively for the Christian Book Market (CBM). Check Twitter account for full details, hashtags, and rules. Hosted by publisher Little Lamb Books.

ReFoReMo registration opens on February 16. See March listing. (free)

SCBWI Virtual Winter Conference ($)
SCBWI’s annual winter extravaganza will take place online in 2021. Theme: Inside Children’s Publishing. No travel! No hotel! Faculty, program, and a full schedule available at link above; scroll to bottom for registration. February 19 -22, 2021.

Valentiny Writing Contest (free)
Write a Valentines’ story no longer than 214 words, appropriate for ages 12 and under, following prompt for the current year. Prize for the winner. Hosted by children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill.

WriteOnCon ($)
Online conference for kidlit writers and illustrators for all levels (PB, MG, YA). Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21, 2021.

The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award (See note*)
Submissions window opens February 1. Annual monetary award given for a Most Promising Picture Book manuscript. *No application fee, but must be a dues-paying member of SCBWI.

March


#50PreciousWords Writing Challenge (free)
Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, using only 50 words. March 2 – 7, 2021, timed to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Awesome prizes! Hosted by author Vivian Kirkfield.

Chapter Book Challenge #ChaBooCha (free)
Write one completed first draft of a chapter book in one month, from March 1 – March 31. Guest posts by authors and agents, prizes at end. Hosted by author Rebecca Fyfe.

Debut Review Challenge (free)
February – March challenge continues. Hosted by children’s writer Laura Renauld.

ReFoReMo (free)
Read a hundred picture books in one month and you’ll learn a lot about writing them! Add in educational posts each weekday of March from industry professionals, who show you how to study picture books as mentor texts, and ReFoReMo (Reading For Research Month) is like a master class in the picture book genre. Hosted by our own Carrie Charley Brown and Kirsti Call.

Madness! Poetry (free)
“March Madness” tournament for writers of children’s poetry. Write up to six original poems based on prompt in three weeks. Full information here. Sign up to be notified when registration opens here (scroll to bottom). Hosted by kids’ poet Ed DeCaria of Think, Kid, Think!

Picture Books from the Inside Out ($)
Join New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Peter Brown for an intensive three-hour workshop aimed at children’s book writers and illustrators. Saturday, March 13, 2021, 9am – 12pm Pacific Time. Hosted by the California: San Diego chapter of SCBWI.

Picture Book Party (free)
For unagented writers: Submit the query and first 50 words of your submission-ready picture book (or 100 words of chapter book) for consideration by participating editors and agents. 2021 dates andd details to come. Hosted by authors Michelle Hauck, Mindy Alyse Weiss, and Sharon Criscoe.

SCBWI The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award (See note*)
Submissions open February 1 – April 10, 2021. Annual monetary award given for a Most Promising Picture Book manuscript. *No application fee, but applicant must be a member of SCBWI, which requires dues.

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

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.

April

The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award (See note*)
Submissions window closes April 10, 2021.
Annual monetary award given for a Most Promising Picture Book manuscript. *No application fee, but must be a dues-paying member of SCBWI.

#DVPit and #DVart
Twitter pitch party for historically underrepresented voices in children’s literature. #DVPit and #DVArt for children’s and teen fiction/nonfiction, including picture books, will happen on a date in April [to be announced] from 8am ET until 8pm ET. There is a second #DVPit event later in the month for writers of adult fiction/nonfiction. Created and moderated by literary agent Beth Phelan with assistance from authors Kat Cho and Claribel Ortega and agent Peter Knapp.

Spring Fling Writing Contest (free)
Challenge for writers, find a springtime-themed gif and write 150 words. Dates to come. Hosted by Ciara O’Neal and Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez. Check out Fall Writing Frenzy, too.

ReVISIONweek Tune-Up Day Wednesday, April 7th. (see September listing)

#WriteMentor Summer Programme (free)
Applications open in April [dates to come] for UK-based program pairing professionals in children’s literature with pre-agented writers for online summer mentorship.

May

Debut Review Challenge (free)
May-June reading challenge begins. Hosted by children’s writer Laura Renauld.

Mix & Match Writing Challenge (free)
Every Monday for a month, write a 100-word children’s story based on that week’s writing prompt, and post it in the comments. Complete all prompts for a chance to win prizes. This challenge took place in May and June of 2020. If it happens again in 2021, the info will be posted here! Hosted by children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill.

National Picture Book Writing Week #NaPiBoWriWee  (free)
Write 7 Picture Books in 7 Days! NaPiBoWriWee, traditionally May 1 – 7 each year, was postponed and not rescheduled in 2020. Updates will be posted here when available. Hosted by children’s book author Paula Yoo.

New Voices Award (free)
Submission window opens in May, 2021. Given annually by children’s book publisher Lee & Low for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.

ReVISIONweek Tune-Up Day May date to come (see September listing)

Spring into Writing (free)
May 1 – 31 each year. Set your own writing goals for the month. Hosted by writer/illustrator Dani Duck.

Storyteller Academy ($)
Online courses taught by a variety of professionals, related to writing and illustrating for children. Term 2 courses run from May to July. Hosted by Arree Chung.

June

Debut Review Challenge (free)
May-June reading challenge continues. Hosted by children’s writer Laura Renauld.

#Kidlit Zombie Week (free)
Are you ready to bring your dead manuscripts back to life?  Join 6 Ladies and a MANuscript on Twitter (@6and_MANuscript ) for a week filled with inspiration, discussions, and great prizes! Took place in June in 2020; date to come for 2021.

Mix & Match Writing Challenge (free)
Every Monday for a month, write a 100-word children’s story based on that week’s writing prompt, and post it in the comments. Complete all prompts for a chance to win prizes. This new challenge took place in May and June of 2020. If it happens again in 2021, the info will be posted here! Hosted by children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill.

#FaithPitch (@Faith_Pitch) (free)
Twitter pitch party exclusively for the Christian Book Market (CBM). Check Twitter account for full details, hashtags, and rules. Hosted by publisher Little Lamb Books.

New Voices Award (free)
Submission window open, closes August 31. Given annually by children’s book publisher Lee & Low for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.

#PBChatMentorship (free)
Applications traditionally open in June; 2021 dates to come. Mentorships with published picture book writers and illustrators for unpublished picture book writers and illustrators. Check @JustinRColon on Twitter on June 1 for application info. Mentorships run from August 1 – November 1. Hosted by children’s writer Justin Colón.

#PBPitch (free)
A Twitter pitch party exclusively for picture books! June 2021 date to come. from 8am to 8 pm EST.

#PitMad (free)
Twitter pitch party for unagented authors and illustrators in all genres. June 2021 date to come.  Happens on Twitter, but see website for detailed instructions including the #hashtags that will help picture book agents find your pitch. Hosted by Brenda Drake and the PitchWars committee.

Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR) ($)
Originally in Utah, in 2020 this conference was via Zoom. A full week of workshops, classes, and community. More info as it becomes available.

July

Children’s Book Academy course ($)
Middle Grade Mastery begins in July. 

Children’s Book Boot Camp 2020 (CBBC) ($)
5 weeks, 3 sessions, 1 goal: To get your children’s book published! Work with Melissa Manlove of Chronicle books, Martha Rago of Random House, and Marietta B. Zacker of Galit & Zacker Literary Agency. Open to 10 participants only, 200-word sample and/or 3 illustrations needed to apply. For more information and to apply, email “write2me [at] patcummings.com”. 2020 details to come. Hosted by author Pat Cummings.

Intensive Picture Book Writing Workshop ($)
Author Anastasia Suen leads and instructs a cohort of adults in a year-long online intensive writing workshop for fiction and nonfiction picture books in poetry and prose. Enrollment will open in July, 2021 for five days.

New Voices Award (free)
Submission window open, closes August 31. Given annually by children’s book publisher Lee & Low for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.

SCBWI Summer Spectacular Annual Summer Conference ($)
Traditionally held in late July and early August in downtown Los Angeles, the 2020 event was moved online due to the pandemic. When information about the 2021 event is available, this notice will be updated.

August

New Voices Award (free)
Submission window closes August 31. Given annually by children’s book publisher Lee & Low for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.

Rate Your Story Writing Contest ($)
Categories for picture books and novels, prizes including access to industry professionals. Open to members and nonmembers. A portion of submission fees donated to worthy causes. Happened in August, 2020; info for 2021 will be added here when available.

Storyteller Academy ($)
Online courses taught by a variety of professionals, related to writing and illustrating for children. Term 3 courses start in August and run through October. Hosted by Arree Chung.

September

#PitMad (free)
Twitter pitch party for unagented authors and illustrators in all genres. September dates for 2021 to come. Happens on Twitter, but see website for detailed instructions including the #hashtags that will help picture book agents find your pitch. Hosted by Brenda Drake and the PitchWars committee.

ReVISIONweek (free)
Revise your PB manuscripts that you wrote for challenges earlier in the year! Daily Quick-Read Crafty Tips and a raffle for prizes at the end. Tune-up days through the year. Wednesday September 30 – Wednesday October 6, 2021. Hosted by children’s authors Lauren H. Kerstein, Joana Pastro, Katie Frawley, Lynne Marie, Shannon Stocker, and Michal BaBay.

Smart Dummies (free)
Complete a picture book dummy in 30 days. September 1 – 30 each year. Registration dates to come for 2021. Hosted by writer/illustrator Dani Duck.

 October

Debut Review Challenge (free)
October-November reading challenge begins. Hosted by children’s writer Laura Renauld.

#DVPit and #DVart  (free)
Twitter pitch party for historically underrepresented voices in children’s literature. Authors of Children’s & Teen Fiction/Nonfiction (picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult) use #DVpit; Artists & Illustrators use #DVart. October 2021 date to come. See website for more details. Created and moderated by literary agent Beth Phelan with assistance from authors Kat Cho and Claribel Ortega and agent Peter Knapp.

Fall Writing Frenzy (free)
Write 200 words inspired by one of the contest photos, and submit it during the specified times (to come for 2021). Prizes! Hosted by Lydia Lukidis and Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez.

Halloweensie Contest (free)
Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for ages 12 and under, following prompt for the current year. Prize for the winner. Hosted by children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill.

Inktober (free)
Challenge to draw 31 illustrations in ink, in 31 days. Hosted by illustrator Jake Parker.

#PBPitch (free)
A Twitter pitch party exclusively for picture books! Date to come for 2021, from 8am to 8pm EST.

Picture Book Critique Fest #PBCritiqueFest (free)
A MASSIVE picture book critique giveaway, featuring 36 of the top authors, illustrators, and literary agents on the kidlit scene. Hosted by Brian Gehrlein, creator of Picture Book Spotlight.

Picture Book Summit ($)
Full-day writing conference live-streamed to your computer. Theme and date for 2021 to come. Founded and hosted by Katie Davis of ICL (Institute for Children’s Literature), Julie Hedlund of 12 x 12, Emma Walton Hamilton of Just Write Children’s Books, and Laura Backes of Children’s Book Insider.

We Need Diverse Books Mentorships (free)
Pairs ten writers and illustrators who belong to underrepresented groups with experienced children’s book creators for year-long mentorships. Applications are open October 1 – 31 for the following year.

SCBWI Narrative Art Award (*See note)
Each year, a rotating panel of judges challenges illustrators to tell a story in three sequential images. The winner will receive free tuition to the Virtual SCBWI Winter Conference. Deadline and theme for 2021 to come. *Free for dues-paying members of SCBWI.

November


Black Friday Bootcamp ($)
Online one-day livestream writing conference. 100% of ticket sales go to support First Book and We Need Diverse Books. Hosted and organized by Storyteller Academy and author Arree Chung.

Debut Review Challenge (free)
October-November reading challenge continues. Hosted by children’s writer Laura Renauld.

#FaithPitch (@Faith_Pitch) (free)
Twitter pitch party exclusively for the Christian Book Market (CBM). Check Twitter account for full details, hashtags, and rules. Hosted by publisher Little Lamb Books.

Rate Your Story ($) (see January listing)
Registration open November through mid-January or until full. Annual membership fee includes manuscript critiques from professionals in the field, among other benefits.

SCBWI/Smithsonian Institution Nonfiction Workshop ($)
SCBWI’s first-ever nonfiction workshop with the Smithsonian was held online in November, 2020. Stay tuned to scbwi.org to find out if it will occur again in 2021.

December

Holiday Writing Contest (free)
Write a holiday story between 300 – 400 words, appropriate for ages 12 and under, following prompt for the current year. Prize for the winner! Hosted by children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill.

Picture Book Palooza ($)
You’ll learn from a whole bunch of amazing writers, agents, editors, receive tons of learning, book giveaways, and have gobs of fun in this fab, low-cost, two-day children’s book weekend extravaganza. Saturday – Sunday, December 5 – 6, 2020, see website for times. Hosted by The Children’s Book Academy.

#PitMad (free)
Twitter pitch party for unagented authors and illustrators in all genres, happening Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 8am – 8pm Eastern Time. Happens on Twitter, but see website for detailed instructions including the #hashtags that will help picture book agents find your pitch. Hosted by Brenda Drake and the PitchWars committee.

Rate Your Story ($) (see January listing)
Registration open through mid-January. Annual membership fee includes manuscript critiques from professionals in the field, among other benefits.


Thanks to EVERYONE who contributed, including members of Writers’ Rumpus and the Facebook groups for 12×12, Children’s Book Academy, KidLit 411, and Picture Book Summitteers. Special thanks to Silvia Liu of KidLit411 and to authors Anna Maledon and Rachel Funez, whose extensive lists included several unique additions.

Months of a Year Banner Illustrations by Blue Ring Media, Shutterstock

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