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Friday, December 17, 2010

AUSTIN SCBWI Huge Critique Contest

Guess what.

If you haven't already registered for the Austin SCBWI Conference, then you've missed the critique deadline. Missing an opportunity for a critique or a portfolio review can be a real bummer because these are one of the best things about attending conferences no matter what level you are.

So The Texas Sweethearts, along with some of the Austin SCBWI conference faculty, have put together a small contest for you.

Okay, it's a great big contest with author critiques and illustrator portfolio reviews.

Here's the deal...

1) You're not registered yet for the conference
No problem. Register for the conference and then email The Texas Sweethearts and let us know you've registered. You'll then be entered in the contest to win a free critique.
*This is the perfect opportunity to remind your loved ones what a great gift the conference registration would be.

2) You are registered for the conference but you still want a chance to win
No problem. Refer someone to the conference, and email The Texas Sweethearts to let us know. When they register, you will then be entered to win the critique. Make sure to let them know to email us, too.

  • Our email address is texas_sweethearts /(at)/ yahoo /(do)/ com (minus all the funny characters of course)
  • In your email let us know what you'd like to submit if you win a critique (MG/YA/Picture book/Non-fiction/Portfolio)
  • The contest will run through Friday, January 21st, 2011.

Portfolio reviews and critiques are up for grabs from the following awesome faculty:

David Diaz – Illustrator:
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Eve Bunting’s Going Home; as well as Newbery Honor winner, The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech. Mr. Diaz was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1995 for his work in Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, and his colorful illustrations in Margaret Wise Brown’s The Little Scarecrow Boy lead to the book being named the New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 1998. Most recently, Mr. Diaz has teamed up with renowned author Joyce Carol Thomas, creating vibrant illustrations for The Gospel Cinderella, a soulful retelling of the classic Cinderella story.

Julian Hector – Illustrator:
Julian Hector was born in Los Angeles, raised in rural Texas, and received a BFA from Parsons the New School for Design, in New York City. His clients include Disney-Hyperion, Scholastic, Harper Collins, and Simon and Schuster Julian Hector is represented by Rebecca Sherman of Writers House and plans to make Austin, Texas his home!

Jessica Anderson:
Jessica Lee Anderson is the author of Trudy, which won the 2005 Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature, as well as Border Crossing. She’s published two nonfiction readers, as well as fiction and nonfiction for a variety of magazines including Highlights for Children. While her experiences have ranged from teaching to selling computers to coordinating a vision therapy clinic, her lifelong passion is writing literature for children. She lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband, Michael. Jessica is willing to critique fiction and non-fiction manuscripts.

Bethany Hegedus:
Bethany Hegedus has spent time above and below the Mason-Dixon Line. She cares deeply about kids, having once been a high school teacher and also a youth advocate. She serves as a mentor in the PEN Prison Writing Program and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Bethany is Co- Editor of the Young Adult’s and Children’s section of the literary magazine, Hunger Mountain and is Austin Host of the popular website readergirlz.com. Her second novel, Truth, With a Capital T. releases Oct. 12, 2010. Between Us Baxters is her first young adult novel. Bethany is willing to critique picture books, middle-grade, and YA fiction and non-fiction.

Kari Ann Holt:
K.A. Holt is a writer, a terrible cook, and a mother of three (not necessarily in that order). When she’s not busy imagining how she would survive a trip to Mars or a zombie apocalypse, she’s busy imagining how she will survive the day. Kirkus and Publishers Weekly praised both her first book, Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel, as well as her most recent Brains for Lunch. Kari Ann is willing to critique middle-grade sci-fi.

P J Hoover:
PJ grew up visiting museums and dreaming of finding Atlantis. She eventually married, had two children, shifted her dreams to reality, and began a writing career. PJ’s novels The Emerald Tablet, That Navel of the World, and The Necropolis are evidence of her talent, tenacity, and devotion to craft. PJ is willing to critique middle grade and YA novels.

Jeanette Larson:
Jeanette has been a librarian for more than 30 years. She is a frequent reviewer for Booklist and Book Links and has served on a number of state and national award committees, including the Newbery Award, the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Best Books for Young Adults, the Morris Award (for debut YA authors), the Writers’ League of Texas Teddy Awards, and the Audio Book Publishers Award. She is currently serving on the YALSA Excellence in Non-fiction Awards committee. Retired from Austin Public Library, Jeanette now teaches the Children’s and Young Literature course for Texas Woman’s University and is a freelance trainer and consultant. Moving to the other side of the book shelf, Jeanette’s first children’s book, Hummingbirds: Facts and Folkore from the Americas, will be coming out in February 2011. Jeanette is willing to critique non-fiction and fiction of any genre.

Brian Yansky:
Brian has a BA from The University of Texas and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He’s an Assistant Professor at Austin Community College where he teaches writing. He writes both young adult and adult fiction. His adult stories have appeared in the Crescent Review, Nebraska Review, Chiron Review and other literary journals. My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World was his first published novel. Wonders of the World, his second novel, came out in June, 2007. Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences, a YA novel, will be published by Candlewick Press on October 12, 2010. Brian is willing to critique YA novels.

Frances Yansky:
An author/illustrator, Frances is the author of The Bug Cemetery, published under Frances Hill, her maiden name. Frances has a keen eye for detail, intrigue, and the whimsical. Though Frances is currently working on a sensational middle-grade fantasy, she is willing to critique picture books.

GOOD LUCK, and we'll see you in Austin!


Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, how I wish, wish, wish I could go!! :-)

PJ Hoover said...

How I wish, wish, wish you could, too, Shannon!

Angela Ackerman said...

Why the heck is Texas so dang far away? *sniffle*

PJ Hoover said...

It's not that far, Angela. You should come!