September 10, 2007

Get Cybil-ized!!

Yup, the second annual Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards are starting to get underway--the planning, anyway--and not least among the updates for the 2007 awards is a brand-new site redesign and that nifty award logo you see over to the right. Finding Wonderland is also very excited because this year a. fortis is going to be the category organizer for Graphic Novels. Yay! I might also be involved in other ways, and I'm really looking forward to helping out more this year. Co-founders Anne and Kelly H. both rock! (This is how much Kelly H. rocks--I just now found out that she's putting together a wiki children's book! How cool is that?)

A couple of conferences, both via Gina of AmoXcalli: First up is the F1rst Pages conference hosted by Juvenile Writers of Kansas City. Says the website: "This is a Revision Workshop Conference for both published and unpublished authors - beginners and experienced." The editorial panel includes Harold Underdown of the Purple Crayon, Adriana Dominguez, Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children's, and more. Also, there's a call for proposals out for the Fourteenth Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawai i's Children, June 26-28, 2008, in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you're a member of the child_lit listserv, you can view the full call for proposals in the archives. At least, I assume you can. I'm not actually a member of the listserv so I can't confirm that fact.

Two awesome links today! First is, an informational resource for children's magazine writers. TadMack and I have often wondered where to find magazine markets for YA short stories that are still open to unsolicited submissions (talkin' to YOU, Cicada!!), and this site promises to be a big help. (Kudos to the CWIM newsletter for the link.) Secondly, via Jen Robinson's Book Page comes a link to Shrinking Violet Promotions, a blog about marketing for introverts (ahem, TadMack...and ahem, me) put together by writers Mary Hershey and Robin LaFevers. Don't miss their great post about Jonathan Rauch's excellent articles. And if you like their site, why not enter their new contest? You could win a mug. Who doesn't want to win a mug? C'mon.


Jen Robinson said...

I love the Shrinking Violets contest. They are already sending me a mug, and still, I couldn't resist entering.

Looking forward to working with you on the Cybils thing, a.f.

TadMack said...

OH my word, Shrinking Violets!!!
Must check this out. Hopefully will get around to checking out this short story place as well!