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Lucine has compiled a list of links that will direct children and/or adults to resources that will help them do what we all love: read, write, make and appreciate art, and get published! Check back from time to time for new recommendations. Browse below or use these quicklinks:

Awards & Grants
Courses, Workshops & Residencies
Employment
Events
Exhibits
Freelance Writing Opportunities
Getting Your Work Published

Literacy Resources
Memberships
Miscellaneous
Publications & Videos
Recommended Books
Writing Tips


AWARDS & GRANTS

AWARDS FOR WHICH BOOK AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS MAY APPLY

»»For all genres
»»For children's books

AWARDS FOR YOUTH WHO WRITE AND MAKE ART

»»Art & Writing Award (for teens)

GRANTS FOR WHICH WRITERS MAY APPLY

»»Poets & Writers website

CONTESTS FOR MULTICULTURAL AUTHORS TO SUBMIT UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS

»»Frances Lincoln's Diverse Voices Children's Award
»»Lee & Low's New Voices Award
»»SCBWI's On the Verge Emerging Voices Award
»»PEN's Naylor Fellowship for Children's or Young Adult Literature
»»"We Need Diverse Books" Walter Dean Myers Award and Grant
»»"We Need Diverse Books" Short Story Contest


COURSES, WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES

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DIRECTORY OF WRITERS' COLONIES

»»Writers' colonies

UNIVERSITY PUBLISHING PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITING

»»Simmons College, Boston, MFA in Children's Literature
»»Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program in Writing for Children and Adults

WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS

»»Gotham Writer's Workshop, NYC
»»Grub Street Writer's Workshop, Boston
»»San Francisco Writer's Workshop, SF

WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS

»»Pencilheads NYC
»»826 National


EMPLOYMENT

JOB BOARDS FOR FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT IN THE BOOK PUBLISHING FIELD

»»Media Bistro
»»Publishers Marketplace


EVENTS

BOOK INDUSTRY EVENTS

»»International Book Fairs
»»National Book Fairs
»»Regional Book Fairs
»»Book Fairs by State


EXHIBITS

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK MUSEUMS/GALLERIES

»»The Annual Children's Book Illustration Show, Michelson Galleries, Northampton, MA
»»Elizabeth Stone Art Gallery of Children's Book Illustration, Salem, OH
»»The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
»»Every Picture Tells a Story, Bookstore and Gallery of Children's Book Illustration, Santa Monica, CA
»»The Story Book House, Children's Picture Book Illustration on Permanent Display, Dallas, TX


FREELANCE WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

DIRECTORIES OF PUBLICATIONS LOOKING FOR FREELANCE ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS

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»»The 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, Edited by Chuck Sambuchino
»»The 2016 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition, Edited by Robert Lee Brewer

E-NEWSLETTERS ANNOUNCING CALLS FOR FREELANCE ARTICLES WRITTEN BY ADULTS

»»About Freelance Writing
»»FW newsletter
»»Online Writing Jobs

E-NEWSLETTERS ANNOUNCING CALLS FOR FREELANCE ARTICLES WRITTEN BY CHILDREN

»»Writing Kid

MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS BY AND FOR KIDS AND TEENS (Get articles published here!)

»»Cicada
»»Good Life
»»Highlights for Kids
»»IndyKids
»»KidSpirit
»»KiKi
»»New Moon

»»Popcorn Magazine
»»Skipping Stones
»»Stone Soup
»»Stories for Children Magazine
»»Teen Ink
»»Teen Voices


GETTING YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED

FINDING A BOOK AGENT/ PUBLISHER

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»»Agent Query
»»Agent Spotlight
»»Association of Authors' Representatives
»»Guide to Literary Agents
»»Literary Marketplace (LMP -- hard copies are available in the reference room of your public library)

HOW TO PITCH A BOOK PUBLISHER OR AGENT

»»From craftstylish.com
»»From absolutewrite.com


LITERACY RESOURCES

»»12 Tried and True Ways to Get your Kiddos Reading
»»The Literacy Assistance Center
»»The Literacy Project
»»National Children's Literacy Website
»»Read, Write, Think
»»Reading is Fundamental


MEMBERSHIPS

PUBLISHING ASSOCIATIONS AND SOCIETIES

»»American Society of Journalists and Authors
»»Authors Guild
»»Editorial Freelancers Association
»»National Writers Union
»»PEN American Center
»»Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
»»United States Board on Books for Young People
»»Women's National Book Association
»»Cumulative List of Associations


MISCELLANEOUS

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FUN, ECLECTIC, AND PRACTICAL LINKS FOR AND ABOUT WRITERS

»»Amnesty International Animated Campaign(creatively showcasing the power of petition writing)
»»Are You Ready to Publish Your Novel? (A satirical flow-chart poster)
»»The Life Cycle of a Book (a flow chart compliments of publishingtrendsetter.com)
»»The Lost Generation (A clever palindrome; watch it to the end)
»»The Writer's Rap (Sage advice to writers, done in verse)
»»The Write-or-Die Program (Writing prompts for those who need to put the "prod" back into productive! [See exercise in upper right corner])

»»Articles:
    »»The Indie Writer and the New Landscape of Publishing
    »»Which Publishing Option is Right for You?
    »»7 Questions to Help You Decide if Indie Publishing is Right For You

»»Rotten Rejections (Rejections of famous authors' manuscripts before they were famous):
    »»Famous self-published books
    »»Rotten Rejections
    »»50 Iconic Writers Who Were Repeatedly Rejected


PUBLICATIONS & VIDEOS

BOOK INDUSTRY PUBLICATIONS THAT REVIEW ADULT, YOUNG ADULT (YA) AND CHILDREN'S BOOKS

»»Booklist
»»BookPage
»»EarlyWord (online only)
»»ForeWord Reviews
»»Kirkus Reviews
»»Publishers Weekly

BOOK INDUSTRY PUBLICATIONS THAT REVIEW ADULT BOOKS

»»Library Journal
»»Choice

BOOK INDUSTRY PUBLICATIONS THAT REVIEW YOUNG ADULT (YA) AND CHILDREN'S BOOKS

»»Book Links
»»Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
»»The Horn Book Guide
»»The Horn Book Magazine
»»Library Media Connection
»»School Library Journal

BOOK INDUSTRY E-NEWSLETTERS

»»Shelf-Awareness
»»PW's Children's Bookshelf
»»SLJ Extra Helping
»»SLJ Curriculum Connection
»»SLJ Teen

BLOGS ABOUT DIVERSITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND/OR LIVING IN TWO WORLDS IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

»»American Indians in Children's Literature
»»Cynsations
»»Kid World Citizen
»»Mitali's Fire Escape
»»Multiculturalism Rocks!
»»Paper Tigers
»»The Pirate Tree
»»The Saffron Tree
»»Terry Farish
»»Zetta Elliott

BOOKS ABOUT WRITING, PUBLISHING, AND PUBLICITY

»»The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
»»Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
»»Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
»»The Writer's Mentor: The Guide to Putting Passion on Paper by Cathleen Rountree
»»How to Get Happily Published by Judith Appelbaum
»»Publicize Your Book: An Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book the Attention It Deserves by Jacqueline Deval

Books for Writers
Publicize Your Book How to Get Happily Published The Writer's Mentor Pen on Fire Bird by Bird Writers Way

FOLK TALE AND STORYTELLING RESOURCES

»»Folklore and Storytelling Links
Book Cover   »»100 Armenian Legends is a site compiled by the Ararat Brandy Company of Armenia in which our folklore is retold by some of Armenia's most creative, contemporary writers and illustrators (you must be 18 years of age to enter the site, as it is managed by a beverage alcohol company).
  »»About Folklore and Oral Tradition
  »»American Folklore Society
  »»National Storytelling Network
  »»For a brief history of Armenia, told in a youth-friendly manner, check out this presentation by Paul B. of Geography Now!
  »»For a superbly researched and presented young people's guide to Armenian holidays and celebrations throughout the year, consult Annie Seropian's illustrated Armenian Holiday Traditions.
»»Folk Tales from Lucine's Library - A list of Lucine's favorite folk tales -- mostly Armenian.
»»Folk Tales on YouTube (Spoken word, visuals and music)
  »»An Armenian tale illustrated and animated by Maria Zaikina with Armenian lullaby sung by Hasmik Harutyunyan (To purchase the CD containing this lullaby, called Anga Oror, click here)
  »»The Peasant: An Armenian Tale, hand cranked illustrations and narration by Tom "Banjo" Azarian
  »»A reading by Bethany Schneider of a story from a collection of Armenian folk tales from "Once There was and Was Not" retold by Virginia Tashjian
  »»The story of Queen Anahid, originally written by folklorist Ghazaros Aghayan and retold/ illustrated as "A Weave of Words" and "La Reine Anahide" (see both books in Lucine's Library) has been made into a full-length animated feature film. Adapted/produced by Robert Sahakhants, the 1.5 hour film in HD is here.
  »»And here is a 1 minute trailer about a new APP, also about Queen Anahid, as an Interactive Book for iPads.
  »»Gorgeous images of our traditional folk garments worn by contemporary Armenian women and presented by 'The People of Ar'. To view some spectacular Armenian folk art on display in museums around the world, visit the People of Ar's entry here.

MAGAZINES AND NEWSLETTERS ABOUT THE BUSINESS AND CRAFT OF WRITING

»»The Writer magazine and free e-newsletter
»»The Writer's Chronicle
»»Writer's Digest magazine and free e-newsletter
»»The Writers' Journal
»»Writer's World free e-newsletter


RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Lucine highly recommends the following memoirs about the Armenian Genocide for readers age 9 and up.

»»Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide by Karnig Panian

»»Men Without Childhood by Antranig Zaroukian

»»The Road from Home: The Story of An Armenian Girl by David Kherdian

»»Some of Us Survived: The Story of An Armenian Boy by Kerop Bedoukian

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WRITING TIPS

Looking for tips on how to get started? Award-winning Canadian-Ukrainian children's book author Marsha Skrypuch has a wealth of information available on her website. She has authored dozens of books, 4 of them novels for youth about the Armenian Genocide and two about Armenians. Visit her website and click on "Writing Tips" for advice on finding time to write; organizing your research material; building believable characters; choosing to write fiction or non-fiction; getting a private critique of your work and more.


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