Professional organizations for authors
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers
Quebec Writers’ Federation
The Writers’ Union of Canada
The Authors Guild
Useful Hashtags for Writers
These hashtags are great to connect you with other writers, readers and professionals in the publishing industry. For a comprehensive list of hashtags, click HERE.
Twitter Pitch Parties
These are opportunities for writers to pitch their work directly to agents and editors on Twitter. Click on the links below for specific rules.
#PBPitch: PBs only.
#PitMatch: Books for all ages.
#PitMad: Books for all ages.
#FicFest: Children’s Books, MG, YA, NA, and A manuscripts.
#SSFPit: Books for all ages, Science Fiction and Fantasy only.
#KidPit: Children’s books from board books to YA.
#AdPit: NA and A manuscripts.
#PitchMas: Books for all ages.
#WritePit: Faith based books for all ages.
#Pit2Pub: Books for all ages. It involves publishers rather than agents.
#SonOfAPitch: YA, NA, and A novels.
#PitchMadness: MG, YA, NA, and A manuscripts.
#PitchWars: Contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents.
#SunVsSnow: MG, YA, NA and A manuscripts.
#p2p16: 15 freelance editors will be paired with chosen authors to help polish their manuscript.
#PitchBFB: MG, YA, and NA manuscripts.
#PitchSlam: MG, YA, NA, & A manuscripts. Writers try to get the attention of agents to receive feedback on their work, and revise for final round.
#PassOrPages: Various genres & categories. Contest features feedback on queries and first pages from a panel of agents.
#DVpit: Books for all ages about and especially by marginalized voices.
#RLGL: (Red Light, Green Light) PB, CB, MG & YA. Contest to win a critique of your manuscript.
Other Opportunities & Contests
#MSWL (Manuscript Wish List): Where agents and editors share what they’re looking for.
#NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month): Writers are invited to write a novel in a month and connect with a community of writers and professionals.
#NaPiBoWriWee (National Picture Book Writing Week): Writers are invited to write 7 picture books in 7 days while connecting with a community of writers and professionals.
#PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month): Writers are challenged to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days while connecting with a community of writers and professionals.
#RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month): Writers research rhyming picture books and practice writing them while connecting with a community of writers and professionals.
#12×12: This is a year-long writing challenge where members aim to write 12 complete picture book drafts, one per month, for each 12 months of the year.
#ReFoReMo (Reading for Research Month Challenge): To help picture book writers reform their writing by reading and researching picture books.
#ReviMo (Revise More Picture Books Challenge): Authors of PBs can revise their manuscripts and receive critiques.
Helpful Blogs and Websites for Writers
Sub it Club
Write for Kids
Institute of Children’s Literature
The Purple Crayon
Rachelle Burk’s Resources for Children’s Writers
Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books: The Purple Crayon
Writers Help Writers
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Trade Book Publishers That Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts
40 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts
BB: Board book
PB: picture book
CB: Chapter book
MG: Middle grade
YA: Young adult
NA: New adult