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1. illustration friday~children

i thought i'd share my sketches from the winter cover i did for SFC magazine last year. nothing like a little ring around the rosy with a group of children...and frosty of course ;)

seriously winter obsessed....i need to move to the arctic!

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charlotte's receipt

When talking with Charlotte Bennardo on Friday at the conference, she showed me a receipt that she received at Barnes and Noble after buying a cup of coffee. I just thought this was so cool. Imagine seeing your book suggested on the receipt. Must have been very exciting for Charlotte. Another reason to make sure you look at your receipts.


In its nearly three centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of American authors including F. Scott Fitzgerald; William Faulkner; Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.; Ray Bradbury; Louis L’Amour; Sinclair Lewis; Jack London; and Edgar Allan Poe. Now you have the opportunity to join that illustrious line-up by taking part in The Saturday Evening Post’s Second Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

The winning story will be published in the Jan/Feb 2014 edition of the magazine and on our website. The winning writer will receive a payment of $500. Five runners-up will be published on our website and receive payment of $100 each.

Helpful Hints:

“We like a good story! Entries should be character- or plot-driven pieces in any genre of fiction, but keep it readable, please! “We are looking for stories with universal appeal touching on shared experiences and themes that will resonate with readers from diverse backgrounds and experience,” says Joan SerVaas, publisher of The Saturday Evening Post.” Think local. The Post has historically played a role in defining what it means to be an American. Your story should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: Celebrating America, Past, Present, and Future.

Submission Guidelines:

Stories must be submitted by the author, previously unpublished (excluding personal websites and blogs), and 1,500-5,000 words in length. No extreme profanity or graphic sex scenes, please. All stories must be submitted online and should be in Microsoft Word format with the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page. There is a $10 entry fee, which helps defray a portion of the cost of operating the contest.

Click on the “Fiction Contest Entry Form” link below to upload your story and make a secure payment. Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. (EST), July 1, 2013.

Fiction Contest Entry Form

Thanks in advance for participating! The Editors

We’re pleased to announce “Wolf” by Lucy Jane Bledsoe the winner of our 2013 Great American Fiction Contest! Click here to read the prize-winning fiction from our winner and six runners-up.

- See more at: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest#sthash.sEifrf2J.dpuf

Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: authors and illustrators, Competition, Contest, Kudos, magazine, marketing, opportunity Tagged: Charlotte Bennardo, Natalie Zaman, Saturday Evening Post Contest, Sirenz

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3. Illustrator Saturday – Katie McDee

katieMcDee_PhotocroppedKatie McDee was raised in the sun-filled, salty-fresh air of Southern California and is lucky enough to still live and work there. Katie’s interests include movies that don’t stink, delicious eateries, and discovering new places. Her free time is spent playing ultimate frisbee and capturing her friends’ most embarrassing moments in her sketchbook.

Katie’s artistic talent and creativity has always been a part of her life. Whether it was hand-made cards or Super Market art contests, as a child she was always drawing. In high school she not only starred in musicals but also designed the Tshirts and posters. Although she excelled in many areas of school, art and music were always her favorite.

Today she works as a traditional and digital illustrator for the children’s market. Past projects have included books, magazines, video games, board games, T-shirts, greeting cards and packaging.  With a BFA in Illustration from CSU Long Beach, and years of freelance experience, Katie has the knowledge and experience of working with art directors, designers, and other creative professionals.

Her clients have included:  Oxford University Press, Capstone Publishing, Highlights High Five, Pearson Education, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Friend Magazine, Pockets Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Bionic Games, Appy Entertainment, The Topps Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric (Sempra Energy).

Here is Katie explaining her process:


Thumbnail: When I start figuring out the composition of a piece I always draw small. Really small. I scratch out a bunch of little thumbnails and once I have one I like I scan it and enlarge it in Photoshop.

katieMcDee2-SketchSketch: Sometimes I’ll draw over the blown-up thumbnail in Photoshop or move pieces around, But usually I just print it out and trace over it with tracing paper and a BiC mechanical pencil.


Color rough: I like to do a quick color rough in Photoshop.


Blocking in: Once I’ve scanned in the final sketch and received approval, I place the sketch in Illustrator with opacity scaled back to 50%. I lock that layer and start blocking the shapes in layers. I usually have background and foreground layers with others as needed.

katieMcDee5-AiBlockedinBlocked in: After everything is blocked in with Illustrator, I export each layer as PSDs and put it all back together in Photoshop.


Final: In Photoshop I use even more layers to shade and highlight and bring in texture overlays. And voila!


How did you end up going to CSU Long Beach to get your BFA in illustration?

I actually started out at CSULB as a music major. I thought I was going to be a choral director. It wasn’t more than a couple months before I realized that my talents were better suited for visual art. So I switched majors and focused on illustration. Lucky for me I married a high school choral director so now I’ve got the best of both worlds.


What types of classes did you take that really helped you to develop as an illustrator?

All of the illustration, composition and design classes were my favorites but every art class I’ve taken was invaluable, from watercolor to screen printing. But my illustration skills have developed most through freelancing. There’s nothing like learning on the job.katieBathtub_McDee

Did they help connect you to companies that could give you work?

No, I don’t think I’ve had any work come from classes, though keeping in contact with some classmates through social media sites and email has.


Did you start out using watercolors for your illustrations?

Yes, in college I painted everything in watercolor (unless I had to use some other media). And my very first paid jobs were created in watercolor. I still love traditionally painting illustrations for clients and my own personal work.


What was the first thing you did that you got paid to do?

I can’t remember exactly. It was either a caricatured family portrait or a gigantic mural depicting castles, gnomes and fairies. But those were private commissions. My first freelance gig was a series of paperback reader books for Lakeshore Learning Materials.


How long have you been illustrating?

7 years professionally. 31 years doodling :-)


What types of things do you do to get your work seen by publishing professionals?

My work is showcased online on my website/blog and a couple illustrator sites like childrensillustrators.com. I’ve contacted art directors directly and sent mailers in the past but usually contract work comes through my online presence and word of mouth.


Have you ever tried to write and illustrate a children’s book?

Yes, there have been a few attempts. I’ve learned a lot since and plan to dust some of them off and give ‘em a complete overhaul one of these days.


Do you have an agent? If so, who and how long have the represented you?  If not, would you like one?

I do not have an agent or art rep. I’ve considered it many times and I’d like to have a good working relationship with one. But I’m waiting for the right fit.


Do you want to concentrate on being a children’s picture book illustrator?

That would be so great. Ultimately I’d love to just spend my time working on picture books exclusively. Though I’d probably miss the diversity and fun of illustrating for games and magazines.


Have you made a picture book dummy to show art directors, editors, and reps.?

No, not yet.


Do you ever use two different materials in one illustration?

Yes. Pencil sketches, painted textures and photoshop. Ink and watercolor. Sometimes even cut paper.


How did  you find the companies where you have done commercial illustration, games, etc.?

I have friends in high places, haha. No but really, most of the time they find me online or through word of mouth.


Do you attend the SCBWI Conference in LA? 

If so, how do you prepare for attending something like that? I attended one year, I think it was in 2009. I participated in the portfolio showcase so there was months of drawing, designing, and printing a portfolio and postcards to show off. It was a lot of fun and I met some amazing people that I’m now blessed to call my friends.


Have you seen your style change since you first started illustrating?

Oh, definitely. Though I was looking through old sketches the other day and noticed I still draw umbrellas and shoes the same way.

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Have you gotten any work through networking?

Yes! Thank you blogging and Facebook.


I see you have had your illustration published in quite a few magazines.  How many magazines have published your work?

Six, so far. I hope to double that in the next year. I love illustrating for magazines.


How did the LA Times find  you to illustrate a story for the ‘Kids’ Reading Room’ section of the newspaper?

I think I called the Art Director. Never underestimate the power of the ‘cold call’.


Are you open to doing illustrations for self-published picture book authors?

I have in the past. Unfortunately, I don’t take on self-publishing authors now because they don’t have a budget I can pay bills with. It’s a sad reality, especially when their book ideas sound so fun.


What made you go digital?  Is Photoshop your software of choice?

When I started freelancing for companies, it was all digital, all the time. There were many late nights figuring out Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as deadlines sped towards me. Now I can’t live without my computer. I enjoy the crisp look and edit ability of Illustrator and the fun challenge of rendering an illustration to look painted with Photoshop. While I still love painting with watercolor and gouache, the computer affords me and my clients much-needed versatility. And there’s nothing better than ‘command Z’, am I right?!


Do you have any tips that would help other digital artists?

Get a bigger scanner and printer. The biggest you can afford. And a Wacom tablet. It’ll save your arm.


Do you own a graphic tablet? If so, how do you use it?

Me and my Wacom Intuos 3 are best buddies. I don’t even use a mouse. My mouse is dead to me.


How much time do you spend illustrating?

Depending on the circumstances (deadlines or family commitments) I can spend as little as 5 hours to as much as 12 hours a day working.

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Do you have a studio set up in your house?

My family insisted I take one of the bedrooms as my studio instead of a guest room. Sorry visitors but it’s mine and I love it!

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Is there anything in your studio, other than paint and brushes, and your computer that you couldn’t live without?

My drafting table is 7 feet wide. I am spoiled.


Any picture books on the horizon?

I’m about to start working on an early reader book with Oxford Univ Press.



What are your career goals?

My goals include more book, magazine and licensing work. I think pairing up with an agent or rep may be my next step. I’d also like to set up an online shop to sell some of my random paintings and creations. My ultimate goal is to spend my days writing and illustrating my own books and board games.

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What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on some spot illustrations, early reader book(s), some educational activities/games and 2 magazine illustrations.



Are there any watercolor painting tips (materials, paper, etc.) you can share that work well for you? Technique tips?

Why stretch watercolor paper when you can use illustration board? I like Crescent. Sometimes I print out a copy of my sketch and paint a color rough right on it. Hmm, what else? I used to ink with a croquil pen but now I use Microns. They’re waterproof and come in multiple sizes and colors.



Any words of wisdom you can share with the illustrators who are trying to develop their career?

Here’s my 2 cents. And that may be all it’s worth to you, but… Try something new. Get out of your comfort zone. I see many people who are only willing to work in one way or for one type of publishing. You will grow as an artist and more doors may open for you if you say yes to something different. Tackle that App, comic book, or board game design rather than sitting around waiting for your big break in picture book publishing (or whatever it is you so desperately desire).



Katie, it was pleasure getting to know you through your illustrations and this interview. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more from you. Please let me know when you have new successes and send in new illustration that I can use during the month. That way we can stay connected.

You can see more of Katie at the following sites: www.katiemcdee.com  www.katiemcdee.blogspot.com  www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator.cgi/katiemcdee 

Please take a minute to leave Katie a comment about her work.  It is much appreciated.

Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: authors and illustrators, demystify, Illustrator's Saturday, inspiration, Interview, magazine, Process, Tips Tagged: California Southern University, Capstone Publishing, Highlights Magazine, Katie McDee

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4. The 2013 Normal Prize – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry




It’s that time of the year: The Normal School is accepting entries for the 2013 Normal Prize until 3/15/13. We can’t wait to spend our winters, holed up in our caves, reading submissions. Every entrant gets a free two year subscription to The Normal School so, why not? Read on for our full contest guidelines, and send us your best.

Fiction Prize: $1000 & Publication in magazine

Nonfiction Prize: $1000 & Publication in magazine

Poetry Prize: $1000 & Publication in magazine

Final Judges


Nonfiction: DINTY W. MOORE



  • All fiction and nonfiction submissions must be 10,087 words or less, double-spaced, 12 pt. font. Poetry submissions should not exceed five pages or five poems total. No identifying information on the manuscript.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished (print or electronic media).
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed as long as you notify editors should your piece be accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions ARE allowed.


  • All submissions must be uploaded through our online submissions manager found here.
  • $20 per submission, paid through PayPal only. One story or essay, or up to five poems per entry fee.
  • You will receive a confirmation email once your submission has been uploaded.
  • Submissions will be read between 12/15/2012 and 3/15/2013.
  • Winners will be announced Spring/Summer, 2013.

Note: Remember that you should always check out a magazine or publisher to see what type of things they like and publish. That will help you save money and give you a better chance to win.

Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: authors and illustrators, Contest, magazine, opportunity, Places to sumit, submissions, writing Tagged: Get Published, Literary Magazine, The Normal School

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5. Wingspan

In the meantime and in an altogether different vein, here are some more of the small regular monthly cuts I do for Japanese airline ANA's inflight magazine Wingspan.

The Calcio Storico festival in Florence, Italy

Every issue the magazine runs a short nugget feature covering the weird and unusual things that happen around the world. Often they're very amusing subjects and a lot of fun to draw. However the drawings themselves are always gentle observations, not outright humour.

Hong Kong - A ship-shaped department store 

Unlike my more detailed children's books, which are created on watercolour paper, for this kind of work I draw on a coated paper which results in a strong expressive pen line, a style I first developed for posters and other graphic work in Japan.

A Hotel in France where guests can live like hamsters

The drawings are scanned in, often assembled from several elements, cleaned up and then coloured digitally, sometimes using textures. I love the flexibility that this offers.

A restaurant in an Italian prison, where inmates serve the customers

I particularly enjoy this kind of work because it allows me to play around on the computer and explore graphic simplicity, though I don't regard myself as a "digital artist", everything still rests on a hand-crafted pen and ink drawing.
A restaurant in China run entirely by robots
My children's books are created almost entirely by traditional non-digital means which gives a natural resonance, but in these illustrations the stronger line and digital colouring provides a more dynamic graphic edge. This style of work appears to be unconnected to my pen and watercolour children's books, but in fact they both come from exactly the same pen, it's just the paper and colouring that's different. Just varied facets of the same realm.
The latest issue talks about a Ski Festival of Witches in Switzerland

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6. What I've been working on

© copyright Alicia Padron

Hello There!

This is an illustration I worked on at the end of last year. I usually do book work but this project was a little different. They contacted me asking if I wanted to create a logo for a non-profit organization. It was for such a beautiful cause.. I just couldn't say no. :o) 

I can't say which organization just yet but I'll post about it once I have green light.

It was important for me to convey warmth, coziness, love and security in this illustration and I wanted it to be appealing to kids at the same time. I love drawing bunnies and they seemed appropriate for this.So bunnies it is!

I've also been working on several different magazine projects which is new to me and I have to say a lot of fun! I love how fast paced they are compared to a book for example. I will share some of that as we get closer to publishing dates.

Also I recently finished a new board book for babies, one of my favorite types of books to illustrate. :o)

For this year I hope to have time to work on one of my dummies and to create new work for my portfolio. Published illustrations work for the portfolio too but I think is important to create new artwork specifically for the portfolio. Sometimes what a particular house wants in a book is great for the book but not enough for a portfolio. You know what I mean? Portfolio images have to have tons of story telling and have to grab you immediately.

Working on dummies is time consuming and hard work. I don't know why but I am always so insecure with my dummies. Maybe is because I have so many alternatives that can change that is hard to make up my mind? I am the writer, illustrator and art director in a sense.. too many people in my head! Haha.. Sometimes I think I have to go ahead with the best idea I can and just go for it.. even though I'm such a scary cat.

How about you? It is hard to work on dummies too or just a breeze? If it's the second one, please share your secret.. I need help. ;o)

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7. Short Story Contest Prizes and Publication

Back Camera

This December illustration was sent in by Marcela Staudenmaier. It should help you get ready for the weather facing us soon. Marcela was featured on March 31st 2012. Click Here to View.

Writer’s Digest is looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? The enter the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City! The winning entries will be on display in the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Wondering what’s in it for you?
•A chance to win $3,000 in cash
•Get national exposure for your work
•A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!

Entry Fee: $20 per manuscript
How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Entry fees are $20 per manuscript.)

Entry Deadline: December 17, 2012 

One First Place Winner will receive:
•$3,000 in cash
•Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August issue
•A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!
•A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
•A copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
•A copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

The Second Place Winner will receive:
•$1,500 in cash
•Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August issue
•A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
•A copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
•A copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

The Third Place Winner will receive: •$500 in cash
•Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August issue
•A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
•A copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
•A copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive:
•$100 in cash
•Their short story titles published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August issue
•A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
•A copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
•A copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:
•A $50 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com
•A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection

Deadline: December 17, 2012    CLICK HERE TO ENTER


If you have enjoyed the articles and information you received everyday this year, please help by dominating my blog. Submit an email to writersdigest@fwmedia.com to nominate my blog www.kathytemean.wordpress.com

I would greatly appreciate your help.


Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: authors and illustrators, Competition, Contest, magazine, opportunity, Places to sumit, Publishing Industry Tagged: Short Story contest, Win Publication, Writer's Digest Contest

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8. Loaf Magazine

(Thanks, Shelley!)


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9. The SPD* will be touring several magazines this month, and...

The SPD* will be touring several magazines this month, and it’s open to students in NYC ($15 for non-members; FREE for SPD members). You’ll be touring the offices of Men’s Health, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Inked, People en Español and Seventeen magazines. For more info, click the image or this link: SPD.ORG - Student Outreach.

* The Society of Publication Designers is dedicated to promoting and encouraging excellence in editorial design. Read more on their About page.

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10. Editor Answers Questions

Catherine Onder, Senior Editor at Disney Hyperion answered some questions from writers last year that appeared in Sprouts Magazine. They are still relevant today, so I thought I would share Catherine’s answer with you.

1. It seems fantasy stories are seldom seen in the picture book market. I know it is successful in middle grade, but couldn’t it work in picture books as well?

This is a great question and could probably be discussed endlessly. There are some reasons that immediately leap to mind as to why fantasy is more common in middle grade novels than picture books. First off, fantasy requires significant world-building. Aspects such as how the book’s fantasy world is different than ours; how the characters’ culture might be different, and how the magic works all must be carefully worked out and clearly communicated in fantasy. The elements are just the tip of the iceberg.

In a middle grade book, you have an entire novel’s worth of words to create your world and make it believable. With a picture book’s limited word count, there isn’t the same opportunity to establish a sophisticated fantasy foundation.

Another approach to this question may be to ask, what are the subjects in really good picture books—the ones that stand the test of time? When I look around, I find that perennially popular picture books are often based on the real life preoccupations of young children, including bedtime, sharing school, the surrounding world, fears, and the imagination, to name a few. These topics resonate strongly with young children, and it may be that fantasy doesn’t tie into their needs and concerns deeply enough at such an early age.

2. When you submit a manuscript and an editor writes back that “hardcover children’s literature is difficult to sell in this economy and therefore not the right market for our house at this time,” does that mean it would be okay to try again to resubmit at a later date, or is that a permanent “no?”

When I want to review a manuscript a second time, I will say so explicitly. This happens when there’s a lot that I appreciate about a project, but it’s not ready for acquisition. In these cases, I have revision suggestions and editorial thoughts for the author that I hope are helpful, and I invite him or her to share the manuscript with me again after revising. If I do not specifically request to see a revised manuscript, I would not expect the same project to be submitted to me again.

3. If I sent something to an editor and I haven’t heard back in over a year, can I submit it to another editor at the same house who wants to see it?

Every house has a different policy on submissions, and so I know this can be challenging to navigate! Speaking for myself, if I’ve had a manuscript for a very long time, I certainly understand when an author checks in about it. While I can’t speak to what would be acceptable to everyone, the best advice I can give is to communicate the situation with the editor. I can give is to communicate the situation with the editor. Let the editor who originally received the manuscript know that another editor has expressed interest and that you’d like to share it with him or her. Many houses have policies that two editors cannot consider a manuscript simultaneously, so it’s always a good idea to let the editors know exactly what the situation is.

4. In the current environment, do you think a writer has a chance of getting published if he or she doesn’t have an agent?

Yes, I do. Since many houses have closed submission policies, attending conferences is a great way to open the door for submissions. Editors will often accept submissions from attendees of the conferences where they participate. These conferences are also a

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11. Silly Story Cards

Time to post some samples! Below is some (fairly) recent work that’s been published. This is a game kids can play by cutting out the squares and making unique stories (see sample, below, that demos how). Looks to be fun, really! I’ve done several Silly Story Cards and find them quite fun to illustrate. Thanks, Chirp!

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12. 2013 No Fee Highlights Fiction Contest

This July Illustration, titled Blue Moon was sent in by freelance illustrator and painter Elissa Parente. She is based in Hamilton, On. Canada and just graduated in April 2011 from the BAA Illustration program at Sheridan Institute. See more:



Stories for beginning readers in 500 words or fewer. We welcome stories of any genre (mystery, historical fiction, sports, humor, holiday, friendship, etc.) as long as the stories are intended for kids ages 6–8.


Three prizes of $1,000 or tuition for any Highlights Foundation Founders Workshop. (For a complete list of workshops, visit http://www.highlightsfoundation.org.)


All entries must be postmarked between January 1 and January 31, 2013.


No entry form or fee is required.

Entrants must be at least 16 years old at the time of submission.

We welcome work from both published and unpublished authors. All submissions must be previously unpublished.

Stories may be any length up to 500 words. Indicate the word count in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.

Include your name and the title of your story on your manuscript.

No crime, violence, or derogatory humor.

Entries not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be returned.

Manuscripts or envelopes should be clearly marked FICTION CONTEST. Those not marked in this way will be considered as regular submissions to Highlights.


Highlights for Children
803 Church Street
Honesdale, PA 18431


The three winning entries will be purchased by Highlights and announced on Highlights.com in June 2013. All other submissions will be considered for purchase by Highlights.

You have lots of time to work on this one, so put your thinking caps on and write, revise and polish.  Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,


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13. Heart Matters Illustration: “Chaos and Prayers”

Below is a spot illustration I did a few months back that is recently in print. It’s for a Christian magazine so this is a story about kind of letting go and not sweating the chaos that can occur if you give children some part of the church service. It’s a sweet story if you have time to read it. All the ones I do for this magazine are like that. So I feel I get a blessing each time I do the illustration to accompany it.

As for the illustration, this project gives me opportunity to stretch my illustration style. In this case, I did the characters loosely and quickly (though that actually takes a lot of time to do!) and kept the color scheme somewhat monochromatic. Below, I have the spread in the article, and then half the illustration as a closeup.

Thanks for stopping by!

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14. Writing Competition

New Millennium Writings is now accepting submissions for there Thirty-fourth Consecutive Awards for Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction.

Writing competition winners will be published in New Millenium Writings and on there website.

PRIZES: $4,000 offered in Literary Grants and Awards, Plus Publication
$1,000 for best Poem
$1,000 for best Fiction
$1,000 for best Nonfiction †
$1,000 for best Short-short Fiction

DEADLINE: June 17, 2012

Entry Fee: $17.00

1. There are no restrictions as to style, content, number of submissions, nationality, or country. Enter as often as you like.

2. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome. Previously published material welcome if under 5,000-circulation or if previously published online only.

3. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-Short Fiction (no more than 1,000 words).

4. Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry. All poetry Honorable Mentions will be published.

5. Author maintain copyright.

Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,


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15. New Work! May 2012 High Five: “Love From Lisa”

Here’s another fun spread I created is in the May 2012 issue of Highlights’ High Five magazine (story by Marianne Mitchell)! So many other fine authors and illustrators contributed their work to this issue, too. Thanks, Highlights!

(c) Highlights For Children

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16. No Fee Contest

Don’t get scared off by the word “Young” or “New.” This contest is open to all non-published writers Only a few days left for this one. 


Awards: First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $300; Third Prize: $200
One writer under 20 will receive a Special Mention.
All finalists will be published on SAGE Magazine’s website and considered for our annual print publication.

Judging: SAGE Magazine staff will select finalists. Finalists will be judged by a panel including some of the country’s foremost working writers and journalists, including:

Bill McKibben, Author, Educator, and Environmentalist
Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, Staff Writer
Steve Hawk, Sierra Magazine, Executive Editor; Surfer Magazine, Former Editor-in-Chief
Jon Mooallem, The New York Times Magazine, Contributor
Scott Dodd, OnEarth.org, Editor; Columbia School of Journalism, Adjunct Professor

Submission Fee: There is none! We are generously supported by a grant from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Submission Guidelines: Send us essays, short stories, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, reporting, sky-writing–all forms of environmental writing accepted (including excerpts from longer works). Writers under 20 must include their age to be considered for special mention.

Eligibility: Open to all non-professional writers. All writing submitted to SAGE Magazine after 10/01/2011 will be automatically considered for the competition.

Fine Print: SAGE takes no rights to publication, meaning contest participants are free to submit and publish their work elsewhere. Editors will consult with winners to edit submissions for publication. SAGE reserves the right to declare a tie and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Deadline: April 20th, Midnight, Eastern Standard Time
Please send final submissions to SageMagazine@gmail.com
Winners and Finalists Announced May 15th, 2012

Talk tomorrow,


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17. I got an article in Illustrator's Journal this winter!

With winter about over, I realized that I forgot to post a feature I got in the winter edition of "The Illustrator's Journal"...


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18. Make Money While Writing That Book



Our focus has broadened to include well-researched, timely and informative articles on finance, unusual photo/story packages, home improvement, humor, transportation, travel, fashion, entertainment, personality profiles, technology, communication with a healthy emphasis on medical breakthroughs, promising new treatments, prevention, and fitness. Publishes content that provides additional perspective on the ever-evolving American scene. In addition to feature-length articles of 1,000 to 2,000 words, the Post buys anecdotes suitable for “Post Scripts,” as well as cartoons, illustrations, and photos.

Payment ranges from $25 for Post Scripts to $400 and up for feature articles.

Our nonfiction needs include how-to, useful articles on gardening, pet care and training, financial planning, and subjects of interest to a 45-plus, family-oriented readership. For nonfiction articles, indicate any special qualifications you have for writing about the subject, especially for technical or scientific material. Include one or two published clips with your query. We generally buy all and/or first serial rights, as well as online rights. We also welcome new fiction. A light, humorous touch is appreciated.

Talk tomorrow,


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19. Kudos and Update

Don’t forget you can use children’s magazines as a way to make some money, get you name out there, and have your writing noticed. 

Laurie Wallmark, who is the ARA for the New Jersey SCBWI has done just that with her many magazine articles in children’s magazines. Her lastest an article, Lost in a Corn Maze, in this month’s issue of Spider Magazine for children.

Don’t forget to send photos.  Laurie says she got more for the photos than she did for the article.

Congratulations, Laurie!

You may remember Ellen Jensen Abbott from the conference in June. She taught a class on Characterization. At the bookfair, I purchased Ellen Jensen Abbott’s fantasy novel titled, WATERSMEET.

When I e-mailed Ellen to tell her how much I enjoyed the book and how I thought it was very well-written, she got back to me to tell me that the second book titled, THE CENTAUR’S DAUGHTER, (the second book to the trilogy) just hit the bookshelves.

I know everyone wishes Ellen much success with her new book.

Then today, I received an e-mail from Kitty Griffin Lagorio. She came to the June conference and it really paid off, because she ended up getting Natalie Fischer from the Bradford Agency to represent her.

Congratulations, Kitty.

Please make sure you let us know when you sign your first contract.

Yvonne Ventresca won the Writers’ Retreat Prompt Contest at this weekends Writer’s Retreat.  Her prize, a free year’s membership to the SCBWI.  Everyone else who participated received a signed book.

Here is Yvonne’s first page winning entry:

I had never thought about good-bye sounding like a river, the rush, rush of the water as it flowed away. And I’d never realized my sister could keep a secret even from me, the one she trusted most.

But I see these things now, as clearly as the clues she left behind. Would it have changed anything if I’d paid closer attention? Like the day of storm, while we were hurrying to finish our chores in the chicken coop.

“I won’t marry that man. They can’t make me.” Sis picked up another egg and nearly threw it in her basket.  “Are you listening? James?”

I nodded as I swept, but my mind was on our cow. Abigail had been pacing around the pasture. I worried about her out there, having a calf alone in bad weather. Maybe I could lead her to the barn before the thunder started.

“Pa doesn’t remember love,” Sis said. “All he thinks about is corn. What should I do?”

Her pause meant she expected an answer. “Um, Tom doesn’t seem that bad.”

She stomped her boot, and the chickens fluttered to the corners of the hen house. “Tom Kelly’s too old and ornery. I could never love him.”

I laid the broom down gently and tried to soothe the frightened birds.

“I don’t feel anything for him.  Not like—”

“Daniel,” I said. We often finished each other’s sentences. Ma used to call it a twin thing.

“Yes, like Daniel.” She wiped at her eyes, smearing dirt on her nose. “To spend the rest of my days keeping Tom’s
house and raising his babies! Ugh.”

Sis’s face got re

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20. Writer’s Personal Essay/Memoir Contest


They’re looking for your original, unpublished viewpoint about  a particular topic or an experience you’ve had. Essays should be 1,000-1,200 words.

Deadline is November 30, 2011.

First prize: $1,000; a free 10-week creative writing workshop  offered online by Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($420 value); publication in The Writer and on WriterMag.com; and a one-year  subscription to The Writer.

Second prize: $300; free enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on WriterMag.com; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

Third prize: $200; free enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on WriterMag.com; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.


I know everyone has a story to tell about something that happened in their life. Here’s your chance to share it, make some money, take a writing class, and get publishing credit.

Talk tomorrow,


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All good things come to an end.  When I started as Regional Advisor, I started putting up a Newsletter online for members to read.  After a few years with the help of Leeza Henandez, Anita Nolan and Laurie Wallmark, we turned out a very high-end magazine that was focused on bringing children’s writing, illustrating information to the subscribers. Plus, with the goal of showing off SCBWI writers and illustrators to editors, art directors and agents in the industry.  During the last four or five years, it SPROUTS built quite a reputation in the industry, not only with the writer’s and illustrators, but with many industry professionals.

I am sorry to say that National SCBWI will not allow us to continue the magazine, unless we can offer it for free to everyone.  Since that is not possible, this is the last issue subscribers will receive.  Please do not send in a check for next year.  If you are an illustrator or an author who was working on writing an article for the next issue, you can send them to me and I will post them on this blog.  I know it will not provide you with a nice glossy magazine to sit on your coffee table, but agents, editors, art directors, and artist reps do visit my blog and it does get a lot of traffic.  With 20,000 visitors a month and growing, you will get more notice submitting something here.

Here is a copy of the cover for the last issue:

If you would like to submit an article, please send it to kathy (dot) temean (at) gmail.com and put “Blog Article” in the subject box.

Thank you to Leeza, Anita, Laurie, and all the writers and illustrators who helped make this a wonderful magazine.

Talk tomorrow,


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22. Inspired by Memorabilia

Two Birds

I wanted to get back to my traditional collage roots for a time and get my hands dirty. I was inspired by the artist, Cindy Wunsch, with her use of memorabilia as a background for her images. I really like her easy folk-like style, which is personally hard for me to accomplish. When I work traditionally, I'm in a constant state of fear. When I finally do find the courage to break through one obstacle, I'm afraid to ruin my piece at the next turn.

Cindy is featured in the latest Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and mentions in her article that she had a hard time starting an image. That blank canvas does have a way of stymieing creative progress! Her solution is to lay down her base with memorabilia, then paint on top of that letting key words stand out...which then starts the story rolling.

I decided to try her method and really enjoyed seeing sentimental items that had been stored for many years, make an appearance in the light of day! I played with this image and am happy with it's direction, although it feels incomplete to me.

Any ideas or thoughts would be helpful to help push me past another obstacle to the finish line. I'd like to hear it all, even though it's glued down and pretty concrete...I have more memorabilia crying to be used :)


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23. illustratedvancouver: University of British Columbia Campus by...


University of British Columbia Campus by James Hill, another grand Maclean’s magazine cover image from the 1950s. Published March 31, 1956, it depicts the hustle and bustle of the end of the school year, but could just as easily be applied to the end of the fall semester. This blog post (and comment stream) is a testament to his career, and an impressive body of his illustrations can be seen in this photoset. [More…]

James Hill, 1956, Vancouver. Read this post in its entirety here.

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24. What I've been reading

When I haven't been writing, I've been reading and one of the things I've been reading is What The Dickens magazine. It  comes out every two months and it's good. It's very good and it's for writers and readers.

What's more it is FREE and downloadable here

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25. Samples: Highlights For Children Stuff

Happy Monday, all! Just a quick posting to thank Highlights for Children for selecting me for “Illustrator of the Month”. That was the month of February, so I’m a little late in posting this. : )

Highlights is the only magazine (rather, publishing company) I know of that expresses such great appreciation like they do to illustration, illustrators, and the illustrators that they contract. These platters and letters are just a part of their way of conveying the value they have for illustrators. The party they throw each year is amazing (I attended two years ago. Wow!), not to mention the relationship they build with their contractors. It’s got a family-feel to it all.

So thank you, Christine, Cynthia, Kelley and staff, for choosing me for the month of February! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you guys, too!

And, below, is the spread that they are talking about…”The Champion Of Quiet”, a cute story written by Tracy Stewart.

Below: A pull-out of the first spot from the spread.

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