Want to be a picture book author/illustrator? FREE event at Discover, London.

 

Calling all aspiring picture book authors or illustrators! Discover has an event coming up called Drawing Stories on Thursday 17th May, which aims to bring professionals from the picture book publishing industry together with those people who are trying to make their way in. All levels and experience welcome and it is completely free.

More details:
Drawing Stories – Join Discover Children’s Story Centre on Thursday 17th May for an evening of illustrator and author workshops ranging from portfolio consultations to discussing the process of writing and insights on publishing. This will be followed by an open format Q & A discussion led by a diverse panel of self-published authors, experienced illustrators, and literary agents with inside knowledge of getting your picture book out there. There will be an opportunity to ask our panelists any questions about getting into the industry. Stay on to enjoy drinks, networking and live performances.

Discover aims to nurture new diverse voices and better reflect our visitors’ backgrounds/experience. We particularly welcome attendance from people currently underrepresented in children’s publishing.
To book: http://www.discover.org.uk/drawing-stories-2/

Skylark Literary sponsoring a place on the Book Bound writers’ retreat

Skylark Literary are generously sponsoring a place on the Book Bound Writers’ Retreat in order to advance and support inclusivity within children’s publishing.

Amber and Jo of Skylark say, ‘We firmly believe that children’s publishing would be all the richer for the inclusion of more diverse voices. We’ve long been considering what we can do to help achieve a more even playing field for all aspiring children’s writers, no matter their background or financial position. The Book Bound team are experts in giving authors the skills to strengthen their craft and, hopefully, develop writing careers. We are excited to give that Book Bound opportunity to someone who might otherwise not have had the chance.’

For full details and how-to-apply, click here: https://bookboundretreat.com/grant/

Colonial Countryside: writing opportunity

I grew up going to National Trust properties – and of course the trope of the mysterious, magical country house is embedded in British children’s literature: from Green Knowe to the Professor’s house where Lucy finds the wardrobe. But the pleasure of visiting these properties, and indeed reading about them, was made complicated for me when I learned more about their historical relation to race, power and colonialism. That’s why I think the Colonial Countryside project, led by Peepal Tree Press, looks really exciting- and they’re commissioning ten writers! Why not apply, and be part of reclaiming history? You can read more about the project, here: https://colonialcountryside.wordpress.com/about-colonial-countryside/

New BAME scholarship in child lit

This one: to attend the SCBWI-BI (too many acronyms! I know!!) conference. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is long-established and a great international source of peer support and networking for unpublished (and published) children’s authors. The annual British Isles conference, held in Winchester, is a fantastic opportunity for those seeking publication to get all the info, experience, insight and connections they could wish for.

The BAME scholarship is generously sponsored by the Bent Agency.

https://britishisles.scbwi.org/?page_id=10109

 for full information. Excerpt from the webpage below:

SCHOLARSHIPS

Book Now for the 2017 SCBWI BI Conference

SCBWI-BI Margaret Carey scholarships and the Bent Agency BAME scholarship

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS UNTIL MIDNIGHT SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST 2017!

SCBWI-BI Margaret Carey scholarships

Two conference scholarships were set up in memory of Margaret Carey, children’s writer and illustrator and SCBWI British Isles volunteer, in the following two categories:

  • fiction author (Young Adult or Middle Grade)
  • picture book author or illustrator

 

This year an ADDITIONAL scholarship, generously sponsored by the Bent Agency, will be awarded in the following category:

  • BAME author (Young Adult or Middle Grade) 

 

Each scholarship covers the cost of the conference attendance, a 1-1 manuscript critique with an editor, art director or agent*, hotel accommodation, and a grant towards travel to Winchester, where the conference will take place.

* The BAME scholarship winner’s manuscript critique will be with a member of the Bent Agency. The Bent Agency will also pay for a year’s SCBWI membership.