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OPEN COOP DAY: Announcing Open Coop First Fridays

February 2, 2016 by Erzsi Deak

Shut the door! 

OPEN COOP DAY

Announcing Open Coop First Fridays

FROM NOON UNTIL MIDNIGHT, Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Contemporary Commercial-Literary Middle-Grade Fiction

Seeking: WHIMSY

The First Friday of each month* is now an OPEN COOP DAY for SPECIFIC types of submissions. This week’s FIRST FRIDAY is February 5th and we are looking for

contemporary commercial-literary MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION.

Read on, if that’s what you have!

What we would love to see cross our desks:

 Ambitious story- and character-driven contemporary middle-grade fiction

Original Voices and Characters

Family Stories

 Illustrated Fiction

First Love and Romance

Surprising Action and Adventure

Multi-layered stories that keep the pages turning and the flashlights on

Make Us Laugh

Make Us Cry

But whatever you do, Make Us Feel.

Emphasis on Character and Voice. Smart Humor. Rich Language and Gorgeous-yet-invisible Crafting. Fabulous and Natural Dialogue. A Beginning, Middle, and an End.

That’s all.

FYI, it’s often easier to say what we would rather not see:

Hyper-serious or issue books

Humorless books

Bathroom or scatological humor

Hopelessness

Series fiction

Historical or “genre” MG

Stories in verse

Didactic stories

Thank you! We can’t wait to see what’s hatching!

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Please send the first 5 pages, your log line or one-line pitch, and a one-page synopsis of your awesome completed middle-grade novel to submissions A T  henandink.com  between noon and midnight PST on Friday, 5 February 2016.

No rotten eggs, please: Anything of another genre or anything received outside of the Open Coop Day and timeframe, will be deleted. Sorry, it’s about survival.

If we are intrigued, we’ll ask for the whole omelet, as-it-were.

(And now we will stop with the bad egg jokes.)

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NEXT OPEN COOP DAYS

4 March 2016: MG and ILLUSTRATIONS

April: Closed for the Bologna Book Fair

6 May 2016

3 JUNE 2016

1 July 2016

5 August 2016

2 September 2016

October: Closed for the Bologna Book Fair

4 November 2016

December and January: Closed for Winter Holidays

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