•   SCBWI FLORIDA WRITING CONTEST GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION ILLUSTRATION CONTEST GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WRITING CONTEST : : The SCBWI Florida Annual Rising Kite Writing Contest celebrates Florida’s best unpublished writing for children. In so doing, we also celebrate the work and dedication of our region’s authors, both published and unpublished. Our purpose is to encourage authors to continue to follow their dreams, to recognize their successes, and to provide a platform for authors to share their writing with a larger audience. 2015 CATEGORIES Picture Book Middle Grade Novel Young Adult Novel These categories include fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, etc. NOTE:  Each participant is limited to ONE ENTRY, overall. AWARDS 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners Winners will receive a SCBWI Florida Writing Contest Award Certificate which will be presented at the SCBWI Florida Regional Conference in Miami in January 2015. The winning authors in each category and the title of each manuscript will be announced via the SCBWI Florida Listserv and SCBWI Florida Web site. Winners may also use their awards as a way to further develop their platforms by including news of their win on their web sites and blogs, and in queries, cover letters, and so on. 1st Place Winners Each 1st Place Winner will also receive a scholarship \ to a SCBWI Florida intensive of his/her choosing. All Entries Each participant may pick up his/her Rubric Score Sheets from the preliminary judging at the January conference in Miami. If you are unable to do so, you may mail a SASE to: Contest Rubric Request 125 E. Merritt Island Causeway #209 Merritt Island, FL 32952. OFFICIAL RULES Contest Opens:                   September 1, 2014 Entry Deadline:                   September 30, 2014 Preliminary Judging:         October 1-31, 2014 Contest Judging:                November 1-25, 2014 Contest open to: Current SCBWI Florida members. Eligibility: Only unpublished and un-contracted manuscripts may be submitted. If an entry comes under contract during the contest period, that entry will be disqualified from the contest. A published author may only enter in a category in which he/she has NOT been published. Being self-published in a genre also disqualifies a writer from that category. NOTE:  Each participant is limited to ONE ENTRY, overall. Announcing winners: Winners will be announced at the SCBWI Florida Regional Conference in Miami in January 2015. You do not have to be present to win. Notification will be emailed to winners following the conference, and the names of winners will also be posted on the SCBWI Florida web page.  Formatting entries: Please follow the guidelines below to format submissions. Improperly formatted manuscripts will be disqualified. Program: Word documents only. No PDFs. Pages: 10 (excluding cover), single-sided Fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier only, 12 point Spacing: Double spaced Margins: 1-inch margins on both sides, top, and bottom Cover page: The cover page must include the author’s name, mailing address, phone number, and email address in the top left corner, and the genre category in the upper right-hand corner. Please also note in the corner if your manuscript is fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, etc. The manuscript title should appear in all caps halfway down the cover page. DO NOT use text boxes or other fonts. No names on manuscripts: The author’s name, identifying features, or contact information may NOT be included on any page of the manuscript. (The author’s name may only appear on the cover page.) Page headers: Each page of the manuscript should include the manuscript title in the top left-hand corner and the page number in the top right-hand corner. Electronic submission: All manuscripts must be emailed as an attachment by 11:59 p.m. on September 30 to contest coordinator, Rob Sanders, at srobert262@aol.com. Use the title of your manuscript as the name of your attachment. You will receive email confirmation that your manuscript has been received. NOTE: Please allow up to 48 hours for confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your manuscript has not been entered in the contest. CATEGORIES Picture Book Picture Book—send complete manuscript, up to 10 pages, maximum of 850 words (no art). On the cover sheet, label whether your submission is fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, etc.   Middle Grade Novel Novel— send the first chapter(s) up to 10 pages (no art), single-sided. On the cover sheet, label whether your submission is fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, etc.  Optional for MG novels: Since the maximum number of pages you can submit is ten (10), you can opt to send a synopsis plus pages, so long as the total number of pages does NOT exceed ten pages. For instance, if your synopsis is three pages long, you can send the first seven pages of your manuscript along with the synopsis. A synopsis must follow all contest formatting guidelines, including being double-spaced and in 12-point. No exceptions. Young Adult Novel Novel— send the first chapter(s) up to 10 pages (no art). On the cover sheet, label whether your submission is fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, etc.  Optional for YA novels: Since the maximum number of pages you can submit is ten, you can opt to send a synopsis plus pages, so long as the total number of pages does NOT exceed ten pages. For instance, if your synopsis is three pages long, you can send the first seven pages of your manuscript along with the synopsis. A synopsis must follow all contest formatting guidelines, including being double-spaced and in 12-point. No exceptions. JUDGING The Contest Coordinator will assign each manuscript an entry number code, remove the title page, and ensure the author’s name is not on the manuscript. The Contest Coordinator will keep a spreadsheet of author names, addresses, email addresses, manuscript titles, genres, number codes, and eventually, the combined rubric scores of the preliminary judges. Two Preliminary Judges will read all the manuscripts in their assigned category and judge the manuscripts using a rubric. All scoring is blind—names of authors will not appear on any entry. The judges will not compare their rubric scores. Completed rubric sheets will be sent via email to the Contest Coordinator for tabulation. Preliminary judges are published in the genre they are judging and are not SCBWI Florida members. The Contest Coordinator will tabulate the rubric scores and will determine the top five scoring entries in each category. The top five scoring manuscripts in each category will be submitted to the Contest Judge assigned to each category. The Contest Judge will be an editor or agent who works with the genre he/she is judging. Rubric scores and author names will not be included on any manuscript. The Contest Judge will read the entries and order them from one to five, with one being first place. The Contest Judge will be asked to provide brief notes about each finalist’s manuscript, The Contest Judge will submit his/her decisions and manuscript notes to the Contest Coordinator. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category which has insufficient entries or scores. ILLUSTRATION CONTEST : : ILLUSTRATION CONTEST GUIDELINES Prize: One Month Mentorship with illustrator E. B. Lewis Eligibility: SCBWI members who have not yet illustrated a (traditionally or self) published book. One entry per person. Create a one-page illustration (not double spread) final stage finished art, black and white or color using the text:          "Robin’s gift was different from all the others." The page size should be 7.5 x 10 inches (vertical) or 10 x 7.5 inches (horizontal) Indicate crop marks. Bleed should be .25 in. if the art requires it. Leave space for the text, but do not include it in your art. Submit a scan that is 300 dpi. File size should not exceed 9MB. Save the file as a Jpeg labeled as follows: first name_last name.jpg. (A duplicate, anonymous file will be indexed and sent for judging.) File must be an attachment, not a link or in the body of the email.  Depending on your email browser, you may need to compress or "zip" your file.  (If you use Apple Mail, zip it.) Entries will be scored on concept, design, content, and execution. Preliminary judges will be out-of-state traditionally published book illustrators. A winner will be chosen from the 5 finalists by Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Laurent will present the award at our Miami January 2015 conference. Email entries to Linda Shute, Illustrator Coordinator (lshute@icloud.com) no later than September 30th.
  • SCBWI FLORIDA presents… 6 WRITING BOOT CAMPS ACROSS FLORIDA! Get your assets in gear and march over to one of our intensive and extensive, but not expensive, writing and illustration honing events. Learn how to sharpen your insight, and hit your target first shot. Crawl through the publishing swamp and surprise your adversary with strong wit, accurate editing, and unique design. Then line up your arsenal for inspection by our hardened drill instructors. Come out of these camps REAL WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS!! Now MOVE IT!!! Sound off... ONE, TWO - THREE, FOUR - WE WILL WIN THE PUBLISHING WAR! REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS HERE: #1 :: Marco Island - Launching into Picture Books * #1 REGISTER HERE* #2 :: Palm Coast - Whole Novel Boot Camp * #2 REGISTER HERE* #3 :: Sarasota - Boot Camp for Dummies (Picture Book Dummies) * #3 REGISTER HERE* #4 :: Celebration - Boot Camp Basics for Beginners * #4 REGISTER HERE* #5 :: Miami - Boot Camp Basics for Beginners * #5 REGISTER HERE* #6 :: Boca Raton - Character Drills and Workouts * #6 REGISTER HERE*   MARCO ISLAND (West Coast) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM Marco Island Center for the Arts 1010 Winterberry Drive Marco Island, Florida 34145 (239) 394-4221 LAUNCHING INTO PICTURE BOOKS     with Colonel Rob “Steely” Sanders *#1 REGISTER HERE* Whether you’ve never written a picture book, or you have a drawer full of manuscripts, this boot camp is for you. Rob Sanders—a former editor, and now a writing teacher and picture book author, will lead the session. Since Rob began his picture book journey six years ago, he has sold four picture books to three major houses, landed an agent, and achieved great riches and fame. Okay, that last part isn’t true, but you'll still enjoy this lively session with Rob. You will learn about creating a concept, picture book plot, character development, beginnings and endings, formatting, and much, much more. Come blastoff to your picture book dreams! Limit: 40 participants Required Gear: Bring your laptop or favorite supplies for writing and note-taking. Outlets are limited. Bring one (or more) of your picture book manuscripts. If you don’t’ have a work-in-progress, no worries! ROB SANDERS does not work as a loading dock worker, a trophy engraver, or an editor. But he used to. Rob is not a cowboy, an alien, or a ballerina. But he writes about them. He is a picture book author, a writing teacher, and a great uncle. A native of Springfield, Missouri, Rob now lives in Brandon, Florida. He is a frequent blogger, critiquer, and writing coach. Rob Sanders—an author whose books will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart.   PALM COAST (South of St. Augustine) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM Flagler County Art League 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite 207C (2nd floor) Palm Coast, FL  32164 (386) 986-4668 www.flaglercountyartleague.com WHOLE NOVEL BOOT CAMP     with General Joyce "Iron Maiden" Sweeney *#2 REGISTER HERE* 9:00 AM - Reveille - Fall in for inspection 9:15 AM - Drill Call - Hardcore Pitch Practice 10:00 AM - Assembly - Tightening minor characters, subplots and other loose ends 11:00 AM - Charge!  Using cause and effect to propel your plot 12:00 Mess Call 1:00  PM - To The Color - Adding layers and depth to your writing 2:00  PM - Retreat!  Advanced Revision Techniques 3:00 PM - Taps - Questions and closing thoughts 4:00 PM - Dismissed! Required Gear: Laptop or notebook, WIP that needs work, either printed out or on your screen.  Yes, soldiers, the whole thing! Limit: 40 participants JOYCE SWEENEY is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and one chapbook of poetry.  Her first novel, Center Line, won the First Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding Young Adult Novel.  Many of her books appear on the American Library Association's Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Her novel Shadow won the Nevada State Reading Award in 1997.  Her novel Players was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Sports Book and by Working Mother magazine as a Top Ten for Tweens. Her novel, Headlock (Holt 2006), won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Florida Book Awards and was chosen by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her first chapbook of poems, IMPERMANENCE, was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press. She has had numerous poems, short stories, articles and interviews published; and her play, FIRST PAGE CRTIQUES  was produced in 2011.  Joyce is also a writing teacher and mentor to aspiring authors both locally and nationwide.  She critiques manuscripts and conducts classes and seminars throughout the state of Florida. She has recently launched a series of online courses: Sweeney Writing Coach. So far, 46 of her students and clients have gone on to secure traditional publishing contracts. In 2011, Joyce and a coalition of local playwrights, directors and actors formed The Playgroup LLC, which produces original works by local playwrights.  The Playgroup currently presents two productions a year; one program of short plays and one full length play. Joyce lives in Coral Springs with her husband, Jay and cat, Nitro.   SARASOTA (Near Tampa) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota 3975 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 371-4974 BOOT CAMP FOR DUMMIES (PICTURE BOOK DUMMIES)    with Drillmasters Linda Shute & Dianne Ochiltree *#3 REGISTER HERE* Mission: A dummy that works! A picture book is more than just words, more than just pictures. It is a physical object that melds the two. Bring your manuscript or your sketches or your concept outline. Join us for a day of information, imagination, evaluation, and inspiration. Reconnect with your inner child. Find your book’s heart.  Shape and pace its content. Build its suspense. Discover the dynamics that can drive it.    Both writers and illustrators will focus on the picture book form using a dummy as the foundation for the creation process. This will be a day of learning, bursts of targeted work, and periods of guided meditation with Linda Shute, author/illustrator www.lindashute.com and Dianne Ochiltree, author and a 200 hour RYT with the yoga alliance www.ochiltreebooks.com. Optional Gear: 3 copies of your manuscript, tape, a pad of Post-its, sketchbook and or notepad. We will go to a nearby place for lunch - order or bring your own.  Limit: 40 participants LINDA SHUTE was a latchkey bookworm growing up in West Miami when she was inspired by Kate Seredy's books to be an author/illustrator. Characters in Linda's 14 picture books range from leprechauns to Chesapeake explorers. She earned an art degree at FSU and taught Children's Book Illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. Linda has enjoyed being Florida SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator for three years. DIANNE OCHILTREE is a veteran children’s writer.  Her work in the trenches has resulted in a bronze medal and silver medal in the children’s literature division of the Florida Book Awards.  She looks forward to sharing tactical strategies for weaving through the creative obstacle course with fellow word warriors.   CELEBRATION (Orlando) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM West Osceola Branch Library 305 Campus Street Celebration, FL 34747 BOOT CAMP BASICS FOR BEGINNERS    with Lt. Marjetta “The Edge-ucator” Geerling  *#4 REGISTER HERE* Editors, Agents, and Query Letters, oh my! Picture books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, graphic novels, chapter books--which one do you want to write most? How do you break into the diverse field of children's literature? How do you reach your audience? Improve your writing? Make the connections needed to get it published? Boot Camp Basics is a day-long overview of the ABCs of children's literature. Learn how to get your project written then published! Whether you're still in the planning stages or have a manuscript ready to send to editors, this workshop will provide valuable tips on how to get from where you are to where you want to be. Optional Gear: Laptop or notebook, and if you have written anything for children or teens, bring it to share. Limit: 40 participants MARJETTA GEERLING is the author of FANCY WHITE TRASH (Viking), an ALA 2009 Best Books for Young Adults and 2009 Rainbow List selection. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University. Marjetta lives in Miami Beach where she’s Assistant Professor of English at Broward College. She also teaches private writing workshops for teens and adults.   MIAMI (Near Miami) Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 9 AM to 4 PM Holiday Inn Express 13475 SW 131st Street Miami FL, 33186 (786) 837-2100 BOOTCAMP BASICS FOR BEGINNERS    with Lt. Danielle “Softie” Joseph *#5 REGISTER HERE* Wade through the basic DOs and DON’Ts of children’s book writing with this beginner’s course. Learn how to properly research the kids’/teens’ book industry, write attention-getting query letters, land a literary agent, and find the right publisher for you. Gain valuable revision tips, spark new ideas, find critique groups in your area, and share the first pages of your works-in-progress in a group setting. A day of learning all about the business, this clinic is perfect for anyone who’s always wondered “how to get started.” Optional Gear: Laptop or notebook, and if you have written anything for children or teens, bring it to share. Limit: 35 participants DANIELLE JOSEPH is the author of Simon & Schuster's SHRINKING VIOLET (Now the Disney Channel Original movie RADIO REBEL) and INDIGO BLUES and PURE RED from Flux Books. She was a college DJ for five years on the Gyroscope, a world music show. She also interned at several top Boston radio stations while earning her BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College. She has taught Creative Writing and English to Middle school students and adults and loves doing school author visits. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Danielle now lives in Miami, Florida.   BOCA RATON (North of Miami) Sunday, September 28th, 2014 - 10 AM to 5 PM The Loft at Congress 530 NW 77th Street Boca Raton, FL 33487 (561) 819-3154 CHARACTER DRILLS AND WORKOUTS: Adding Power to Your Plot and Strength to Your Story Structure    with Sergeant Dorian “Whipsnap” Cirrone *#6 REGISTER HERE* How does your character’s backstory wound and motivation affect your inciting incident? What’s the relationship between your character’s flaw and the climax of your story? At what point should your character have a metaphorical mirror moment that sparks his or her transformation? Whether you’re in the pre-vision or re-vision stage, answering these questions and more will not only give you a solid framework for your novel, but will also deepen your characters so that readers will find them relatable and relevant. Bring a laptop or notebook and pen for notes and short writing exercises. Required Gear: Bring a laptop or notebook and pen for notes and short writing exercises. Limit: 40 participants DORIAN CIRRONE is the author of the young adult novels, Prom Kings and Drama Queens and Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You, which was named an ALA Popular Paperback and made the Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist Fiction as well as the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. She has also written the Lindy Blues chapter books, The Missing Silver Dollar and The Big Scoop. Her poems, shorts stories, and essays for children and adults have been published in literary journals and anthologies. Dorian holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and has taught writing at the university level and at many workshops and conferences. She has worked as a door-to-door survey taker, a dance teacher, a choreographer, an assistant city editor for a daily newspaper, and a college English instructor. Writing for children and teens has been her best job so far. To learn more about Dorian and her work, visit www.doriancirrone.com.  
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BOOTCAMP REGISTRATION – OPENS 8/3/14

#1 :: Marco Island – Launching into Picture Books * #1 REGISTER HERE*
#2 :: Palm Coast – Whole Novel Bootcamp * #2 REGISTER HERE*
#3 :: Sarasota - Bootcamp for Dummies (Picture Book Dummies) * #3 REGISTER HERE*
#4 :: Celebration – Bootcamp Basics for Beginners * #4 REGISTER HERE*
#5 :: Miami – Bootcamp Basics for Beginners * #5 REGISTER HERE*
#6 :: Boca Raton – Character Drills and Workouts * #6 REGISTER HERE*


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