It’s Wednesday, and that means I have more links to publishing news you need to know. If you missed the first edition, you can read it here.
Please note that the following contests and/or events are not sponsored by SCBWI.
- Writer’s Digest has launched their 29th “Dear Lucky Agent” contest for the Historical Fiction genre. The contest rules do not specify that YA historical fiction isn’t eligible, so submit away! See the submission guidelines for full details and deadlines.
- See additional insights from the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit on book sales, trends, and the buying habits of parents.
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has launched the LITTLE, BROWN EMERGING ARTIST AWARD, which will recognize new illustration talent and encourage the development of high-quality picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds. Submission details are available on the contest website.
- The much anticipated film adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s 2010 YA novel, Before I Fall, dropped its first trailer. Additionally, Netflix has released a full trailer for its upcoming A Series of Unfortunate Events 8-episode series, which is based on Daniel Handler’s beloved middle grade series.
- If you’re shopping for holiday gifts, take a look at Amazon’s 2016 Editor’s picks for Best Children’s Books of the Year, which are separated by age group, and Best Young Adult Books of the Year.
- Publishers Weekly speaks to best-selling YA authors who are also teen advocates, asking them about the challenges they face when writing particularly tough topics.
- Several agents have renewed their call for diversity and #ownvoices submissions. See the list of agents on the Writer’s Digest site and query away!
- Lambda Literary is now accepting applications to attend the 2017 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. The application is available on the Lambda site.
- Jane Friedman’s blog offers a guest post from Matt Knight discussing writers, publishing contracts, and negotiating for editorial control.
If you have an interesting link about news in the children’s publishing industry, share it in the comments below.