Posted by: anitanolan | March 19, 2015

Tuscany Press Contest

Tuscany Press is running a contest that includes categories for Young Adult fiction, adult fiction, and short stories.

From the website:

The Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction is a literary prize to promote writers and great undiscovered stories of Catholic fiction. What is Catholic fiction? Stories that capture the imagination of the reader and are infused with the presence of God and faith — subtly, symbolically or deliberately. Think of Flannery O’Connor, Graham Greene, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton and many others whose writings reflected the thoughts of the great writer Gerard Manley Hopkins: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”

This is the “stuff” of literature that wins the Tuscany Prize. Do you have a manuscript? A Novel? A Young Adult Novel? A short story? Would you like it published? Does your story have themes of faith and struggle, of grace and nature, atonement, courage, redemption and hope? Whether it is fiction, historical fiction, mystery, fantasy or humor, Tuscany Press is open to all genres.

We seek original great stories of unpublished/self-published works of fiction.  Are you the next great writer of Catholic fiction? We invite you to send in your manuscript.

Submission period ends June 30.

More information is available here.

Posted by: anitanolan | March 17, 2015

Key Differences Between MG and YA

Here’s an interesting (although not new) article by agent Marie Lamba about the differences between Middle Grade and Young Adult.



Posted by: anitanolan | March 10, 2015

What Kids Want in Books

From the Washington Post, a story about a report from Scholastic on what children want in books.

What Kids Want in Books

Posted by: anitanolan | March 4, 2015

Industry Changes

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Jon Colman will join the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader as executive director on March 9. He most recently served as president of the Down Syndrome Society.

At Open Road, Emma Pulitzer has been promoted to associate editor, managing the children’s and young adult department. She will also continue working with Betsy Mitchell on science fiction and fantasy titles.

Posted by: anitanolan | March 3, 2015

Show, Don’t Tell

Here’s a good article on Show, Don’t Tell from Author Magazine.,dontte.html

Posted by: anitanolan | February 28, 2015

Thoughts on MFA Program from Professor

This is a really interesting take on writing and writers from someone who had been an MFA Professor.

Things I Can Say about MFA Programs Now that I no Longer Teach in One

Posted by: anitanolan | February 18, 2015

The 8 Habits of Young Adult Fiction Writers

I came across this article in the Atlantic, and while the items mentioned aren’t exactly “habits”, it’s a good article none-the-less.

The 8 Habits of Young Adult Fiction Writers


Posted by: anitanolan | February 12, 2015

Writing Children’s Literature Workshop

I’ll be conducting a one-session Writing Children’s Literature Workshop at the New Hope Community School in New Hope, Pa., on Monday, April 27 7-9 PM.

More information.

Posted by: anitanolan | February 10, 2015

PNWA Literary Contest Deadline Approaching

The Pacific Northwest Writers Association Contest deadline is fast approaching.

Categories include:

  1. mainstream
  2. historical
  3. romance/women’s fiction
  4. mystery/thriller
  5. sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal
  6. young adult
  7. middle grade
  8. nonfiction/memoir
  9. poetry
  10. short story
  11. children’s picture/chapter book
  12. adult short topics (articles/essays/memoir)

Deadline is February 20th. Prizes include:


  • FIRST PLACE: $700
  • SECOND PLACE: $300
  • Winners are selected by an agent or editor attending our conference.
  • Winners will be announced at the PNWA summer conference.
  • Mingle with agents and editors during our 2015 summer conference.


For further information:

Posted by: anitanolan | February 10, 2015

Abrams Announces Editorial Promotions

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Abrams announced a number of recent promotions as well as a new hire. At Abrams Children’s and Amulet, Traci Todd joined recently as executive editor (she was senior editor, children’s publishing at VIZ Media). Jennifer Graham has been promoted to senior managing editor, while Erica Finkel moves up to associate editor.

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