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OPEN COOP DAY: Announcing Open Coop First Fridays

February 2, 2016 by Erzsi Deak

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Announcing Open Coop First Fridays


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


Series fiction

Historical or “genre” MG

Stories in verse

Didactic stories

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


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.)



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


About Erzsi Deak

Erzsi Deak is the founder of Hen&ink Literary Studio, a writer, and an editor. With nearly 30 years of experience on the international stage, she is most happy connecting individuals around the globe who can make things happen – no matter where you find yourself or what hat you are wearing. She is an editorial agent, pushing her authors and illustrators to go the extra kilometer to achieve sometimes surprising insights and results. A two-time SCBWI Member of the Year awardee, she speaks on craft, “the market,” and current industry topics. She is pleased to announce that the new MAB Media will publish PERIOD PIECES: STORIES FOR GIRLS as one of its launch books in 2015. Her first picture book, PUMPKIN TIME! (Sourcebooks, 2014, illustrated by Doug Cushman) has just been picked up by the Scholastic Book Clubs. Thanks to technology, she can work from France and be in New York and London at the same time.

Get in Touch with Erzsi:

Hen&ink profile page

Homepage: http://www.erzsideak.com

One thought on “OPEN COOP DAY: Announcing Open Coop First Fridays”

  1. Such a wonderful opportunity! Thank you for the open Friday submission announcement. I tried to find it on the answer to my question on the website and wasn’t able to find it, so I thought I’d ask: Should our five pages be considered double-spaced or single-spaced pages?

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