Yoo-hoo! Writers! Monday, 5 March 2018 is Open Coop Day for 24 hours. Seeking (only) MG & YA fiction. Hope you will read on and write on and send in!

We need to see excellent MG and YA fiction from 9AM Pacific time on Monday, 5 March 2018 to 9AM Pacific time on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.

DETAILS (it’s all in the details):
Please send the short pitch + first chapter (double-spaced, please) for your fabulous & completed MG or YA novel EMBEDDED in an email to us at submissions A T

Once again, the window is open from 9AM Pacific time on Monday, 5 March 2018 to 9AM Pacific time on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.

Looking forward to reading!



WHO? Great characters and their helpers — and their fabulous antagonists. Characters are not one-dimensional, so think about their good and bad natures, what they look like, what they do, what they care about, who they care about. What are their names?

WHO’S THE STORY FOR? 9-year-olds that love animal adventure? Angsty teens? Tweens looking for love? Fantasy for all?

WHAT HAPPENS? Follow the Call to Adventure in whatever guise it adopts and take your characters and the readers on a story-ride to remember. And read again and again. Keep the action pumping and the pages turning: Something has to happen in each scene.


*If you have been recommended by a client or other working partner, or met us at a conference, here’s how to submit:

Please submit your materials within the body of your email (embedded)
to SUBMISSIONS [a t] henandink [d o t] com with the following information:

  • Recommendation/referee/your name and project title
  • Conference/secret phrase/your name and project title
  • Please embed your text (5 double-spaced 12pt type) and illustrations in the email. Illustrators are also invited to include links portfolios and/or projects.
  • Open Coop First Fridays.

What we’re pecking for when the doors open:

  • Smart and funny and moving fiction for all ages (chapter books through YA)
  • Fantastic Voice
  • Characters that we care about
  • Tons of atmosphere
  • Pacey, action-packed plots with heart
  • Rich writing
  • Dialogue that sings
  • Smart humor across all genres
  • *** would love an edgy illustrator with heart (ahhh!) who can also tell a fab story in words ***

Double Yolks, a.k.a. Big Positives:

  • A really funny, yet poignant, illustrated/graphic novel for girls (but not a comic book)
  • Voice Voice Voice
  • Atmospheric writing
  • Great sense of place/setting
  • Writing that makes us laugh and cry (and sweat)
  • Good spelling and grammar and paying attention to formatting
  • Oh, and humor.

Rotten Eggs, a.k.a. What We Don’t Want to See:

  • Didactic or knock-you-over-the-head issue book
  • Poetry
  • Rhyme
  • Heavy subjects with no levity
  • “Message-y” stories
  • Issue-only stories
  • Novels in verse
  • Derivative work that makes us say, “Where did I read this before?”
  • Stories without a beginning, middle, end
  • Horror, gore or gratuitous violence
  • Traditional fables, folklore or fairytales
  • Academic writing and projects specifically for educational or institutional markets
  • Stories that drift, “mood pieces”
  • Self-indulgent narrative that waxes on and loses the reader

Books That Feather Our Nest:

…or books we wished we’d represented but are thrilled exist.

To help you get a feel for Hen&ink, in addition to our own books, a selection of old and new favorite titles (somewhat alphabetically)

Nearly everything by…

E.L. Konigsberg
Lloyd Alexander
Paul Zindel
Terry Pratchett
Neil Gaiman


Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
A Girl Named Digit by Annabelle Monaghan
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
Legend by Marie Lu
Lost It by Kristen Tracy
Mr. and Mrs. Bojo Jones by Ann Head
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Book of Blood & Shadow by Robin Wasserman
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
The Half-life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Undead by Kristy McKay
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
From the Mixed-up Files
of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
My Fair Godmother by Jannette Rallison
Six Days by Philip Webb
Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
The Books of Elsewhere series by Jacqueline West
The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
The Story of Ferdinand by Robert Lawson
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Penguin & Pinecone by Salina Yoon