2019 KidlitNation Mentorship for Kidlit Creators of Color

2019 KidlitNation Mentorship for Creators of Color

 

2019 KidlitNation Mentorship for Kidlit Creators of Color

Kidlit Nation is excited to announce our first mentorship program for creators of color.

Mentorships will be available for authors of color in picture books, middle grade, and young adult.

Full details are available on the Mentorship program webpage.

 

Webinar: Indie Spotlight - meet author Evan J. Roberts, Wednesday April 24th at 7pm CST

Indie Spotlight Webinar: Meet Author Evan J. Roberts

 

Webinar: Indie Spotlight - meet author Evan J. Roberts, Wednesday April 24th at 7pm CST

Kidlit Nation is happy to announce a new webinar series featuring indie authors. Our first Indie Spotlight webinar will be a chat with the author Evan J. Roberts. Join us on Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm CST. Registration is required.

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April 2019 webinar: Meet Author/Illustrator duo Megan and Jorge Lacera

Free April Webinar: Meet Author/Illustrator Duo Megan and Jorge Lacera

April 2019 webinar: Meet Author/Illustrator duo Megan and Jorge Lacera

This April KidLit Nation will be picking the brains of author/illustrator duo Megan and Jorge Lacera. Join us on Wednesday, April 10th at 7pm CST. Registration is required.

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Leah Schanke - 2019 Marvelous Midwest Scholarship winner!

2019 Marvelous Midwest Scholarship Winner: Leah Schanke

Leah Schanke - 2019 Marvelous Midwest Scholarship winner!

Congratulations to our 2019 Marvelous Midwest Scholarship winner: Leah Schanke!

A New York City native with an interest in U.S. history and particularly stories of social justice, Leah is inspired by her African-American heritage to write narrative nonfiction and historical fiction books for children. Leah was a finalist twice, 2013 and 2014, in the children’s book category of the PNWA Literary Contest for Unpublished Works. In 2017 her picture book biography of a Harlem Renaissance poet was a winner in the KidLit College Picture Book Contest.

Leah is a member of the Author’s Guild and associate member of SCBWI. Leah can be found online at www.lhschanke.com and on Twitter at @LeahSchanke.

Congratulations, Leah!

 

Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

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2019 Conference Scholarships for underrepresented writers and illustrators

Free Webinar: Publisher Chat with Donna Beasley of Kazoom Kids Storybooks

Free Webinar: A Chat with Publisher Donna Beasley

 

Free Webinar: Publisher Chat with Donna Beasley of Kazoom Kids Storybooks

Every month, KidlitNation hosts a free webinar with an industry professional. This March we will be chatting with Publisher, Donna Beasley.

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2019 Conference Scholarships for underrepresented writers and illustrators

2019 Conference Scholarship for Underrepresented Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

2019 Conference Scholarships for underrepresented writers and illustrators

This spring we are offering scholarships for underrepresented writers and illustrators to attend Marvelous Midwest – a conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Learn more by visiting the scholarship webpage.

2018 Scholarship winners

2018 Scholarship winners

2018 Scholarship winners

Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship winners! Our scholarship pays for children’s book writers illustrators of color to attend a professional conference. They will be attending the 2018 SCBWI Illinois Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s day Conference.

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Critique Raffle is Now OPEN

It’s time! Our critique raffle is now open. Enter for a chance at once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for critiques, personal meetings, and other goodies from industry experts.

We have over 30 agents, editors, authors, illustrators, and other industry leaders that have graciously donated their time and expertise. Click over to the raffle page to see what goodies we are raffling off.

It’s all for a good cause, too. Money raised in this raffle will directly fund scholarships for diverse writers and illustrators. And extra money will fund other opportunities. You can read all the rules and fine print on the raffle page.

Sharing our love for kidlit

2017 has proven to be an exciting year for us at KidLit Nation. It all started in January with a casual exchange between myself, Christine Mapondera-Talley, and Urania Smith. We met in the very awesome and supportive 12×12 challenge community. Unbeknownst to us, we lived barely 20 minutes from each other, in the south suburbs of Chicago. Of course a lunch date was the next logical step and shortly thereafter we discovered we had very similar ideas on sharing resources that can help authors and illustrators of color, succeed on their journey to publication.

After a few brainstorming sessions, Urania introduced me to a friend, Matthew Kirby, a successful author in his own right. It was then that we knew our foundation for KidLit Nation was now solid. A team with a published author, a pre-published author, and an indie author (me). The common denominator being that we wanted to create a platform that could support authors and illustrators of color with education, resources, opportunities and mentorships. Now this may sound like a monuments task, and in some ways it is. However, our goal can only be accomplished if we meet people where they are, i.e online and offline. With that in mind we will have in person workshops, classes, webinars, a video library, a podcast (2018), mentorship program and whatever else we can stir up. The first set of face-to-face writing classes is already being sponsored by a Chicago based author, Barbara Binns.

Granted our mission may be to support authors and illustrators of color, we are not however a closed community. It is no secret that there’s a lack of representation and diversity in book publishing. This was true 20 years ago and is still true today. It is our belief that we can be a catalyst in ensuring that aspiring authors and illustrators receive lots of preparation so that when opportunity strikes, they can rise to the occasion with confidence.

We envision kidlitnation.com as a one stop shop. We are here to serve the needs of our audience at every stage of publication, whether one seeks to be traditionally published or self-publish.

Thus far we have received tremendous support from SCBWI-IL chapter and the kidlit community at large. Our stunning website was created by a fellow SCBWI member Angie Isaacs and logo by illustrator Russ Cox.  And most importantly, all the agents, editors, authors and illustrators that are generously donating their valuable time by offering professional critiques. These professional critiques are the backbone of our raffle. Funds raised from the raffle will benefit at least 10 authors/illustrators of color who wish to attend an SCBWI-IL conference. If you haven’t seen our fantastic line up of contributors, please click here.

So please join us Sunday July 30th, 2017, as we officially launch KidLit Nation!

-Christine