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The Next Open Coop First Friday is THIS FRIDAY, 4 March 2016: Noon to Midnight PST for middle-grade and illustrations

February 29, 2016 by Erzsi Deak

P.S. The call to the wild this month is for VOICE-Y middle-grade that will become classics (that’s all) and VOICE-Y illustrations that feature a character “driving” the story; looser lines and sophisticatedly-simple use of color appreciated. Smart child-friendly humor is always a plus. And finally, SURPRISE ME!

What we want to see: 

> More smart contemporary middle-grade humor that is also heartfelt (i.e., not bathroom humor and “easy” humor): Send 5 pages + log line and one-page (max) synopsis.
> Illustrations: Illustrators, please send send links.
> Illustrated middle-grade welcome as well.

What we don’t want to see at this time:
Everything else, including rhyme and verse

Please visit our SUBMISSIONS page to see what we love (hint: recently read and adored in the middle-grade category, THE EXTINCTS and GERTIE’S LEAP TO GREATNESS)

send your polished prose, log line, one-page-synopsis and finished illustration (links) to:
submissions A T  henandink.com  

No rotten eggs, please: Anything of another genre or anything received outside of the Open Coop Day and time-frame and formatted so it’s impossible to read (we are talking we need 12 pt type double-spaced), will be deleted. Sorry, it’s about survival.

Stay tuned via henandink.com, Facebook, and Twitter for updates and more details. One submission per person, please.

Hen&ink Literary


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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:

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Homepage: http://www.erzsideak.com

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