Posted by: anitanolan | April 16, 2018

W.W. Norton Starts Children’s Imprint

From Publishers Weekly:

In a move that bridges two often disparate sides of the publishing industry—the children’s and adult markets—W.W. Norton & Company has announced the launch of its first children’s book imprint, Norton Young Readers. Through the new venture, the publisher aims to expand the scope of its award-winning fiction, nonfiction, and poetry list by creating books for a new readership. Simon Boughton, who was most recently a senior v-p and publishing director of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, will take the helm of Norton Young Readers as publishing director, effective today.

Read the rest here.


Posted by: anitanolan | April 13, 2018

Poetry Contest


The Main Street Voices Poetry Contest is open to all residents of Bucks County, with monetary awards given to winners in the adult and student categories. Four award-winning poets will judge the contest, including three former Bucks County Poets Laureate and a professor at Bucks County Community College.

Reception and reading will be held Saturday, May 19th at 2:00pm at the The James Lorah House, 132 N Main St, Doylestown, PA 18901.


Please call The Doylestown Bookshop at (215) 230-7610 or email with any questions.

For more information: Main Street Voices

Posted by: anitanolan | April 12, 2018

Children’s Author/Illustrator Speed-Dating

Here’s a wonderful chance for children’s book authors and illustrators to meet. Especially of interest to small press/self-published authors and illustrators looking to work with them.

To be held at the Lahaska Bookshop in Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA, on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:30 PM.

Children’s Author/Illustrator Speed Dating


Posted by: anitanolan | March 15, 2018

2018 NJ SCBWI Conference


June 2-3, 2018, Hyatt New Brunswick

Registration opens on Sunday.



Posted by: anitanolan | March 12, 2018

A Few Best First Lines

From Booklife by Publisher’s Weekly.

My personal favorite of these:

“For me the war began, not with Hitler’s invasion of Poland, but with my father’s lie.”

Conquest of Canaan: Og by Brittany Shannon

Best First Lines Feb. 2018


Posted by: anitanolan | March 5, 2018

Fox Chapel Adds Children’s Imprint

From Publishers Weekly:

Happy Fox, a new children’s imprint from Fox Chapel Publishing, was unveiled at last month’s North American International Toy Fair. The East Petersburg, Pa.-based publishing house Fox Chapel, best known for its craft titles, saw an opportunity to expand its publications and appeal to a younger readership.


Fox Chapel Adds Children’s Book Imprint

Posted by: anitanolan | February 23, 2018

Picture Book Contest

Contest for self-published picture books, deadline November 2018.

The Gittle List 2018 Contest

Posted by: anitanolan | February 5, 2018

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Submit once between August 15, 2017-April 1, 2018.


  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
  • Top 12 entries published online

No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer. Length limit: 250 lines. No restrictions on age or country. Please click the Submittable button below for full details. The results of our 17th annual contest will be announced on August 15, 2018.

More information (and links to past winning entries) here: Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Posted by: anitanolan | January 12, 2018

Local Authors’ Night

The Doylestown and Lahaska, PA, Bookshops are holding a local authors’ night Thursday, January 18th, at 6:30 PM.

Topics covered will include:

Our NEW Local Author Partnership book program, for self-published or small press authors.

What do authors need to submit for each book they would like to place on consignment with us.

Tips on scheduling events with Independent bookstores.

How to request an event for the Doylestown and Lahaska Bookshops.

What you should do leading up to the event, getting the word out.

Marketing suggestions for authors.

The event is free, with limited admission.

Sign up here:

Lahaska Local Authors Night

Posted by: anitanolan | January 6, 2018

Screenwriting Class in Solebury Twp, PA

A seven-week evening screenwriting class will be offered at the Solebury School in Solebury Township, Bucks County, PA, (near New Hope, PA). The classes are free and open to the public. 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM on Mondays, Jan. 22 through March 5th.

The class will be taught by Emmy-winner Chris Canaan.

Register by Friday, Jan 12th.

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