Would You Read It Wednesday Double Header! #179 Boys Of Koh Panyee (PB) and How Much Farther (PB)

What with baseball season in full swing (hee hee) I thought we should do something fun and different!

(And when I say I thought we should do something fun and different as if it were intentional, I mean I totally forgot to skip a week of Would Your Read It to leave room for the Illustration Contest next week, so I’m pretending I planned this :))

But let’s work with me here.

Is there anything more appropriate than a baseball metaphor on a day devoted to pitches? ūüôā

And can you imagine anything more delightful on a beautiful June day then a sunny bleacher or stadium seat, the prospect of a whole day of fun, hot dogs (which I will refrain from dipping in chocolate after the response to last week’s chocolate-dipped corn on the cob… although I bet someone’s done it… :)), ice cream cones, and the company of friends at a double header of two picture book pitches?

(See how I snuck that in there?)

In case your answer is yes, I fully intend to bribe you change your mind by offering a prize or two as incentive to everyone who comments on both pitches. ¬†I have some spare copies of friends’ picture books lying around (I can’t imagine how that happens – it’s not as if picture books are my life or anything :)) – Tea Party Rules by Ame Dykeman, My Love For You Is The Sun by Julie Hedlund, Little Miss Muffet by Iza Trapani, What About Moose by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca Gomez, Jeremy Draws A Monster by Peter McArty, Tyranosaurus Wrecks by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, and¬†Me Want Pet by Tammi Sauer, and who knows, maybe a couple of others because it’s just possible that my office floor is not entirely tidy ūüôā

So anyone who is kind enough to comment on both pitches by Sunday June 21 will be entered to win one of those awesome picture books!  And Darshana, Johnell and I all thank you a million, billion times for doing two Would You Read Its in one day (bearing in mind that you get Friday off because PPBF is on summer hiatus, and that there will NOT be a WYRI next Wednesday because the Illustration Contest will be running!!!)

Also, I do solemnly swear not to double up pitches ever again (unless I get myself in another scheduling bind at some point and then clearly I will have to up the bribery factor to a publishing contract or something :))

So let’s get in a festive mood with Something Chocolate. . .

The 30 Cup Tower of Doom – a gargantuan tribute to H√§agen-Dazs –
and definitely what you get at your average baseball stadium… ūüôā

Just a teeny little single-person cone ūüôā

Now then, are you feeling fortified (or possibly comatose :))?

Here comes the Double Header!

Today’s first pitch comes to us from Darshana. ¬†Darshana’s special talents by day are solving engineering problems, creating activities for her kids, and concocting ways to spend time with her husband. By night she reads and writes picture books, so one day she can realize her dream of becoming a published author. Check out her book reviews at¬†Flowering Minds, and keep up to date on the latest in the kidlit world by “Liking” her on¬†FaceBook¬†or “Following” her on¬†Twitter.

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Boys Of Koh Panyee
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8) – Fiction based on a true story
The Pitch: The boys of Koh Panyee, Thailand dream of becoming football champions, but they live on a floating village with no space to play. Through sheer gumption, the boys withstand the villagers’ jeers to create their own football pitch and become champions.

Today’s second pitch comes to us from Johnell. ¬†Johnell is a former PR exec. who now moves¬†around¬†the globe with her family. She blogs with her writing group at:¬†http://dewdropsofink.blogspot.com

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: How Much Farther
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: In this all-dialogue story a child tries to convince his dad to carry him, but Dad finds creative ways to show the child that he can make it on his own. Between sightings of butterflies, robins and troll holes the child speeds closer to the anticipated destination until he can’t. go. another. step. When Dad offers to carry him, the child realizes his big-kid legs might be strong enough after all. 

So what do you think?  Would You Read It?  YES, MAYBE or NO?

If your answer is YES, please feel free to tell us what you particularly liked and why the pitch piqued your interest.  If your answer is MAYBE or NO, please feel free to tell us what you think could be better in the spirit of helping Darshana and Johnell improve their pitches.  Helpful examples of possible alternate wordings are welcome.  (However, I must ask that comments be constructive and respectful.  I reserve the right not to publish comments that are mean because that is not what this is about.)
Please send YOUR pitches for the coming weeks! ¬†For rules and where to submit, click on this link¬†Would You Read It¬†or on the Would You Read It tab in the bar above. ¬†There are openings in October so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Darshana and Johnell are looking forward to your thoughts on their pitches! ¬†I am looking forward to seeing the illustrations for the Illustration Contest next week! ¬†I expect to have my socks completely knocked off… if anyone actually enters… which I’m a little worried they might not… ¬†So please feel free to share the Illustration Contest around the blogosphere and twitter etc. because if we don’t get any entries that will be so sad ūüė¶

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone! ¬†An thank you so much for helping Darshana and Johnell on the same day instead of on two different days! ¬†And Happy Father’s Day this weekend, since I won’t be posting again beforehand!

P.S. I looked on google images and there ARE pictures of chocolate-dipped hot dogs! ¬†But they were too revolting even for me to post! ūüôā

And Now, That Announcement You’ve All Been Waiting For…!

Hi there, everyone!  Happy Monday!

Look at us: throwing routine to the dogs and showing up here on a Monday when (thanks to this crazy busy year) I no longer post hardly EVer! ¬†We are such rebels! ūüôā

I know why you’re here. ¬†It’s because I told you on Friday I had something to tell you…

And I do!

And just wait until you hear what it is, because it’s SO AMAZING!

Are you ready?

You must be.

I feel like life has fallen into monotony and we’re all just going through the motions. ¬†We need something to shake things up! ¬†And I have just the thing. . .

Wait for it . . .

I’m considering getting my hair trimmed.

I know!  Earth-shattering, right?

It’s true.

After two plus (2+!) years of avoiding all institutions where shampoo and scissors coexist after the Great Hair Debacle of 2013, I’m thinking that maybe the situation is getting just a wee bit out of hand and I may require an eensy weensy teeny tiny little itty bitty bit off the bottom.

Just a smidge.

Nothing too drastic.

Nothing to recall the horror of April 2013!  *shudder*

But something.

Aren’t you glad you all came over here? ¬†I mean, it’s not every day that news like this hits the world wide web!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy Monday to stop by and hear about my possible hair plans Рthe drama, the dilemma, the dream!  And hey!  This takes hair-brained scheme to a whole new level!

So really, thanks for stopping by.

Oh, and by the way, before you leave?

WE’RE HAVING A CONTEST!!!!!!! ¬†Because it’s been ages and it’s high time we had some high jinx and shenanigans around here! ūüôā

The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous
Illustration Contest for Children’s Illustrators!

Yes! ¬†It’s true! ¬†We had so much fun with it last year, running the Illustration Contest on the back of the Writing Contest, that we’re doing it again! ¬†Only this time, because we in the picture book world love, admire, and depend on our illustrators, we’re doing it the other way around – the illustrator’s are up first! ūüôā

The Contest:¬†Draw/Paint/Create a children’s picture book illustration (no text required – art only) the topic for which shall be

discovery


Above all things, these illustrations are meant to evoke story, so it is crucial that they present at least one character, a setting, and ideally hint at/suggest some kind of plot or conflict idea.


Illustrations should be 8×10, horizontal or vertical, any medium, posted in jpg at least 72 px.¬†¬†Illustrators may enter more than one entry if they’re feeling ambitious ūüôā
Post: ¬†Your entry should be posted on your blog between Monday June 22 and Friday June 26 at 9 PM EDT (contest deadline!) ¬†You will be able to add your post-specific link to the link list on my Monday June 22 post which will remain up all week so that people will be able to come visit and enjoy your amazing artwork.¬† If you don’t have a blog but would like to enter, you will be able to copy and paste your entry into the comments below. ¬†(If anyone has trouble commenting, which unfortunately happens, you may¬†email me¬†and I’ll post your entry for you!)

Judging:  entries will be judged by multi-talented, award-winning author/illustrators Iza Trapani, author and illustrator of over 20 gorgeous picture books, and Lisa Thiesing, author and illustrator of 40 beautiful and fun picture books and early readers!   Judging criteria to include:


 Рdoes the illustration evoke a sense of story,
 Рis the picture readable to a young audience,
 Рhow well does it show the character(s) and
 Рis/are the character(s) appealing (character development),
 Рoriginality,
 Рskill.


They will narrow down the entrants to 6 finalists (or possibly a couple more or less depending on the number of entries :)) which will be posted here on Monday June 29 for you to vote on for a winner. ¬†The vote will be closed at 5PM EST on Thursday July 2 and the winner will be announced on Friday July 3… along with something for the writers in our audience, so stay tuned! ūüôā


The Prizes!:  There will definitely be a 1st prize.  Whether we give prizes for 1st only, 1st-3rd, or 1st-6th will depend on how many entries we get.  We need at least 12 entries to place through 3rd, and at least 20 to place through 6th.

We’ve got some great prizes lined up (and are still working on them…) including a chance to take Mark Mitchell’s fantastic Make Your Marks And Splashes Online Children’s Book Illustration Class (a $249 value, but really priceless!) ¬†This class is¬†packed with video lessons on the topics of drawing, painting and children’s book illustration and video interviews with children’s illustrators. It also includes three months of online group critique sessions (2 sessions per month, at this point) with Mark and guest instructors, so the winner could also get the equivalent of a portfolio critique if she/he participated in all six of the sessions. ¬†You can read all about it here:¬†http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/NewCoursehome2/

http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/NewCoursehome2/

Additional prizes will include:

 Рa $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick Art Materials (which is online)

 Рchoices of the following books:
¬† ¬† ¬† –¬†Writing With Pictures¬†by Uri Shulevitz
¬† ¬† ¬† –¬†2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market¬†by Chuck Sambuchino

  Рa Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils

and of¬†course¬†the bragging rights to having won or placed in a Pretty Much World Famous Contest! ūüôā

So artists, get out your pencils, paints,¬†brushes, crayons, collage materials, magic markers – whatever it is you create with! – and see what you can dream up! ¬†We will all be waiting with great¬†anticipation for the fruits of your talent – to admire, share, and enjoy! ¬†You’ve got 3¬†whole weeks – almost 4 if you post on the last day – so ready, set, draw/paint/create! ūüôā

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

(Oh, and P.S. Рif anyone feels like sharing this around to spread the word, that would be great.  I want to be sure illustrators hear about it so they can join the fun and be in the winning for fabulous prizes!  Many thanks in advance!)


The First Ever Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest – WINNERS!!!

Good Monday, everyone!

(Doesn’t that sound so Shakespeare-y? ¬†It’s like Good Morrow :))

I know none of you has gotten a minute of rest or a wink of sleep for days, what with the torturous anticipation of finding out who the winners of the contest are!

The First Ever PrettyMuchWorldFamous Illustration Contest!!!

You’ve probably gnawed all the erasers off your pencils, bitten your nails to the quick, and lost 5 pounds from being unable to contemplate the idea of sustenance whilst in such a heightened state of suspense! ¬†(That’s okay, it means you can have triple helpings of chocolate on Wednesday when you stop by for Would You Read It :))

So I will not keep you in suspense any longer!

(I would not want to be responsible for one more brow wrinkle or gray hair of consternation and anxiety! :))

I just have one quick thing to say, which is that EVERYONE who entered this contest should be very proud of themselves. ¬†You all showed up, put in the work, produced GORGEOUS book covers (which our authors are all so thrilled about!), followed guidelines, and worked to a deadline – all very important skills to practice when illustrating and/or writing is your profession ūüôā ¬†Even if you didn’t make the finals, be assured that your illustrations were greatly enjoyed by many upon many! ¬†Seriously! ¬†I am not making this up. ¬†The contest post with all your links had around 3 thousand views, which means lots of people were visiting you, even if they didn’t all comment! ¬†So we are giving you a round of thunderous applause – clapclapclapclapclap!!!!! – and you should pat yourselves on the back and have an extra slice of chocolate cake – you did good! ūüôā

Also, I had a lovely time at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday. ¬†I got to see my dear friends Iza Trapani (she of illustrious judging fame :)) and Nancy Furstinger, and I had the honor of being placed at a signing table right next to none other than Jane O’Connor (you know, Fancy Nancy¬†Jane O’Connor!) ¬†I felt like I was very much in the wrong place next to all that famousness!

And then I spent all day Sunday driving to Boston…

What?

You don’t care?

That’s kind of rude, don’t you think? ¬†When I was about to tell you about how I was forced encouraged to listen to Pink Floyd’s The Wall straight through from start to finish at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning? ¬†Which is not the most uplifting set of tunes, let me tell you, even though there’s a lot of great music involved. ¬†And I can tell you that by the end of the entire day of driving, certain parts of my anatomy were unComfortably Numb…

What?

Oh gosh!  Right!  I was supposed to be telling you about the winners!  Sorry.  My bad!

DDDDDRRRRRUUUUUMMMMM  RRRRROOOOOLLLLLLLLLL  PLEASE!!!!

The winner of the First Ever Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest and a portfolio critique by Michael Garland!!! is:

Julie Rowan-Zoch
with her stunning cover for Elliah Terry’s The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster!

Congratulations, Julie! ¬†That is some cover! ¬†It knocked a lot of socks off! ūüôā

In second place, winner of a $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick Art Materials is

Donna Marie
with her bold and colorful cover for Mike Allegra’s Goldilockup

Congratulations, Donna Marie!  Your cover was absolutely fabulous!

In third place,*

Louis Davilla Wiyono
with his humorous cover for Mike Allegra’s Goldilockup

Congratulations, Louis! ¬†Your cover was arresting! ūüôā

In fourth place,*

Colleen Kosinski
with her winsome cover for Mike Allegra’s Goldilockup

Congratulations, Colleen! ¬†Your sweet cover made us feel sorry for the naughty Goldi ūüôā

In fifth place,*

Anne Mitchell
with her delightful cover for Jennifer Caritas’s The “Princess” And The Pete

Congratulations, Anne!  Your cover was so appealing!

In sixth place, winner of a Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils is

Tiemdow Phumiruk
with her mischievous cover for Elliah Terry’s The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster

Congratulations, Tiemdow!  Your cover was such fun!

* Third, fourth, and fifth place winners each have their choice of any one of the following books:

¬† ¬† ¬† –¬†Writing With Pictures¬†by Uri Shulevitz
¬† ¬† ¬† –¬†2014 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market¬†by Chuck Sambuchino


Winners, please email me so we can talk details ūüôā

Thank you again to all the illustrators who participated in this contest and treated us all to such beautiful artwork; to our wonderful judges, Iza Trapani and Lisa Thiesing, without whom we could not have done this!; and to all the readers and viewers who visited, commented, and voted to celebrate these talented artists! ¬†It is all of you who make these contests fun and worthwhile! ¬†Hear! Hear! ¬†What the heck! ¬†Even though it’s not Wednesday, let’s have a little chocolate all around! ūüôā

Thank you, thank you, thank you, ALL!!!

Have a magnificent Monday, everyone! ūüôā

The First Ever Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest Finalists! – Come Vote!!

O   H     M Y     G   O  O   D  N   E S   S !!!
O   H     M  Y     G  O   O  D   N     E  S S

(Sorry! ¬†I can’t help jumping up and down!)

Do you know what time it is???

It’s time to announce the finalists for

The First Ever PrettyMuchWorldFamous Illustration Contest!!!

But first I have to say that I was thrilled with what a great turn out we got for a first-ever contest! ¬†I was hoping we’d get 10, and really hoping we’d get 20, so how completely wonderful that we got 35 entries!!!

And they were all so beautiful and creative and well done!
There were 8 fabulous stories for the illustrators to choose from Рstories that won the March Madness Writing Contest last month.  Happily, every single story inspired at least 2 illustrators, so all the stories were represented.  The entries broke down as follows:
1. The Three Wiggly Worms Bluff by Wendy Greenley – 6 illustrations
2. Goldilockup by Mike Allegra – 5 illustrations
3. Goldibawks And The Three Pairs by Dawn Young – 2 illustrations
4. The Sweetie Witch by Pen Avey – 4 illustrations
5. The Princess And The Stinky Cheese by Lauri Meyers – 9 illustrations
6. Mongoose’s Holi Party by Darshana Khiani – 2 illustrations
7. The “Princess” And The Pete by Jennifer Caritas – 3 illustrations
8. The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster by Elliah Terry – 4 illustrations
So a very nice spread!
And now, a few words from our illustrious judges, award-winning author/illustrators Iza Trapani and Lisa Thiesing:
Iza said, “Thank you everyone for the wonderful entries! ¬†Lisa and I enjoyed them and regret that we could only pick 6 finalists. You all did a great job. ¬†Keep up the good work!”

Lisa said, “We were so impressed with everyone’s enthusiasm and how much effort you all put in!”

I say, many thanks to our wonderful judges for donating their time and expertise to pore over all these entries, carefully weighing the merits of each until they could reach a consensus as to which ones should¬†qualify for the finals. ¬†Many thanks as well to all the very¬†talented illustrators who took the time and care to produce such beautiful book covers for these original stories! ¬†We have enjoyed your work so much, and it’s been different and fun to experience a competition for illustration instead of writing!

Please consider each of the following finalists carefully and vote for the one you think you’d be most likely to pluck off a bookshelf ūüôā ¬†Remember that the contest rules specifically asked for art only. ¬†Some artists chose to include the title/author/illustrator anyway, but covers which do not show title/author/illustrator should not be penalized in your judgment.

Although there’s no real way to keep these anonymous, I will show the pictures only, no artist names for now (they will all be shown when I announce the winners on Monday May 5.) ¬†I encourage you to share this post with your tribe – the more views these talented illustrators get the better – but I ask that you please not try to influence the vote by saying “Vote for #3!” or whatever. ¬†Let’s let these gorgeous book covers speak for themselves. ¬†It’s not supposed to be a contest about who has the most FB friends or whatnot. ¬†Thank you all for playing fair. ¬†Because many of the finalists are for the same stories, I have identified them with little notes in parentheses to help you remember which is which on the voting poll.

And now, without¬†further ado, I am pleased to present the finalists! ¬†Each cover is accompanied by a few words from the judges ūüôā

#1. ¬†Cover for The “Princess” And The Pete

Cover image for The “Princess” And The Pete


Judges comments:  This is a cool image and the illustrator has left plenty of space for a great type design.

# 2.  Cover image for Goldilockup (green border)

Cover image for Goldilockup

Judges comments:  The girl is sweet and nicely drawn.  The details and design elements were carefully thought out.




#3  Cover image for Goldilockup (black border)
Cover image for Goldilockup

Judges comments:  This illustration is very well done. It is a humorous, strong, eye-catching image.  It would be very appealing to a lot of young readers.



 #4.  Cover image for The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster (black background)

Cover image for The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster
Judges comments: ¬†The character is funny, quirky, interesting and¬†we wonder what he’s thinking. We would want to read this book. The whole design is great.


#5.  Cover image for The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster (3 beds)
Cover image for The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster

Judges comments: The bunny is cute, with an especially nice face. The picture makes us curious about the story. 



#6.  Cover image for Goldilockup (bears pointing thru bars)

Judges comments:  We thought this cover was a good drawing with a nice composition and colors. We could see it standing out on the Barnes & Noble book wall.

Ready, set, VOTE!

Please vote for your favorite by Sunday May 4 at 5PM EDT!
Boy oh boy is it going to be hard to wait until Monday to find out how these finalists finish up!
Have a great weekend, everyone! ūüôā

The First Ever Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest for Children’s Illustrators!!!

Fasten your seat belts and prepare for take off! ¬†It’s finally here!

The First Ever PrettyMuchWorldFamous Illustration Contest!!!
the fact that this particular illustrator resembles a female
is in no way meant to deter any male illustrators! ūüôā

The Contest:¬†Draw/Paint/Create a children’s picture book cover illustration (no text required – art only) for one of the following stories (which you will recognize as the top finishers in the March Madness Fractured Fairy Tale Writing Contest – a little extra surprise for those authors :)):

 РThe Three Wiggly Worms Bluff by Wendy Greenley
 РGoldilockup by Mike Allegra
 РGoldibawks And The Three Pairs by Dawn Young
 РThe Sweetie Witch by Pen Avey
 РThe Princess And The Stinky Cheese by Lauri Meyers
¬†– Mongoose’s Holi Party by Darshana Khiani
¬†– The “Princess” And The Pete by Jennifer Caritas
 РThe Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster by Elliah Terry

Illustrations should be 8×10, horizontal or vertical, any medium, posted in jpg at least 72 px
All stories can be read on the March Madness Finalist Post¬†HERE¬†so you will know what to illustrate ūüôā ¬†Illustrators may enter more than one entry if they’re feeling ambitious enough to illustrate more than one book title ūüôā
Post: ¬†Your entry should be posted on your blog between right now this very second and Monday April 28 at 9 PM EDT¬†(contest deadline!), and your post-specific link should be added to the link list below. ¬†This post with the link list will remain up through Tuesday April 29 so that people can come visit and enjoy your gorgeous artwork!¬† (For regular blog followers, there will be no PPBF on Friday April 25, no new post on Monday April 28, but there will be a brief interruption for WYRI on Wednesday April 30 because I forgot to leave it open for the contest :)). ¬†If you don’t have a blog but would like to enter, please copy and paste your entry into the comments below. ¬†(If anyone has trouble commenting, which unfortunately happens, you may¬†email me¬†and I’ll post your entry for you! ¬†Also, since this is the first time we’ve done an illustration contest, I’m not sure if you actually CAN paste your entry into the comments. ¬†If this turns out to be a problem, email them to me and I’ll add them directly to this post.)

Judging:  entries will be judged by multi-talented, award-winning author/illustrators Iza Trapani, author and illustrator of over 20 gorgeous picture books, and Lisa Thiesing, author and illustrator of at least 16 beautiful and fun picture books and early readers!   Judging criteria to include:


 Рis the picture readable to a young audience,
 Рhow well does it show the character(s) and
 Рis the character(s) appealing (character development),
 Рdoes it make you want to read the story,
 Рoriginality
 Рskill.


They will narrow down the entrants to 6 finalists (or possibly a couple more or less depending on the number of entries :)) which will be posted here on Thursday May 1 for you to vote on for a winner.  The vote will be closed at 5PM EST on Sunday May 4 and the winner will be announced on Monday May 5.  (No PPBF on Friday May 2.)


The Prizes!:  There will definitely be a 1st prize.  Whether we give prizes for 1st only, 1st-3rd, or 1st-6th will depend on how many entries we get.  We need at least 12 entries to place through 3rd, and at least 20 to place through 6th.

    First Prize is absolutely amazing!  A portfolio critique by celebrated author/illustrator Michael Garland, who has over 20 picture books to his credit!!!

 РSecond Prize Рa $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick Art Materials (which is online)
¬†– Third, Fourth & Fifth Prize will be winner’s choice of¬†one¬†of the following books:
¬† ¬† ¬† –¬†Writing With Pictures¬†by Uri Shulevitz
¬† ¬† ¬† –¬†2014 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market¬†by Chuck Sambuchino

 РSixth Prize Рa Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils

I’m so excited to see what everyone comes up with! ¬†As a person whose artistic ability is limited to stick figures,¬†scribbling and relatively easy coloring books, I am in awe of anyone who can draw/paint/cause anything recognizable to appear on paper/canvas/computer screen ūüôā ¬†I hope we’ll get plenty of entries, and that there will be at least one attempt at every title!

Tweet: Enjoy the art! Enter yourself! Children’s Book Cover Illustration Contest @SusannaLHill http://ctt.ec/58ZUb+ #kidart #illustration

Let the artistic fun begin!!! ¬†ūüôā

Don’t miss Laura’s entry for The Three Wiggly Worms Bluff in the comment section! (click HERE and be a little patient :))

And here’s Katie’s entry for Goldibawks And The Three Pairs! (click HERE and be a little patient :))

And here’s Laura’s entry for The Sweetie Witch! (click HERE and be a little patient :))

And here’s Angela’s entry for The Three Wiggly Worms Bluff! (click HERE and be a little patient :))

and here’s Suzy’s entry for The Three Wiggly Worms Bluff! (click HERE and be a little patient :))

Entry from Hilary Swann for The “Princess” And The Pete

Hilary Swann – The “Princess” And The Pete

Announcing The First Ever Illustrators Contest!!!

Whoopeee!  Yahooo!

I’m excited!

Can you tell I’m excited?

It’s because I’m about to launch a new hare-brained scheme and you guys are all going to get to be part of it!

(And no, just because it’s April 1st and we just had a contest, this is NOT an April Fool. ¬†I just couldn’t add this to yesterday’s Winner Celebration Post or tomorrow’s WYRI!)

I’ve been thinking for a while that children’s authors get all the fun. ¬†Contests and prizes and being able to claim top finishes in Pretty Much World Famous Writing Contests. . .

It isn’t entirely fair.

In the world of picture books, authors are only half the story.

We couldn’t do what we do without our illustrators!

I think it’s high time to let the illustrators have some fun and a contest and prizes and be able to claim top finishes in a Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest!

So that’s what we’re going to do!

Are you ready?

Announcing

The First Ever PrettyMuchWorldFamous Illustration Contest!!!
the fact that this particular illustrator resembles a female
is in no way meant to deter any male illustrators! ūüôā

The Contest:¬†Draw/Paint a children’s picture book cover illustration (no text required – art only) for one of the following stories (which you will recognize as the top finishers in the March Madness Fractured Fairy Tale Writing Contest – a little extra surprise for those authors :)):

 РThe Three Wiggly Worms Bluff by Wendy Greenley
 РGoldilockup by Mike Allegra
 РGoldibawks And The Three Pairs by Dawn Young
 РThe Sweetie Witch by Pen Avey
 РThe Princess And The Stinky Cheese by Lauri Meyers
¬†– Mongoose’s Holi Party by Darshana Khiani
¬†– The “Princess” And The Pete by Jennifer Caritas
 РThe Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster by Elliah Terry

Illustrations should be 8×10, horizontal or vertical, any medium, posted in jpg at least 72 px
All stories can be read on the March Madness Finalist Post HERE¬†so you will know what to illustrate ūüôā
Post: ¬†Your entry should be posted on your blog between Thursday April 24 at 5 AM EDT and Monday April 28 at 9 PM EDT, and your post-specific link should be added to the link list on my Thursday April 24 post which will remain up through Tuesday April 29 so that people can come visit and enjoy your gorgeous artwork!¬† (No PPBF on Friday April 25, no new post on Monday April 28, but there will be a brief interruption for WYRI on Wednesday April 30 because I forgot to leave it open for the contest :)). ¬†If you don’t have a blog but would like to enter, please copy and paste your entry into the comments of my April 24 post. ¬†(If anyone has trouble commenting, which unfortunately happens, you may¬†email me¬†and I’ll post your entry for you! ¬†Also, since this is the first time we’ve done an illustration contest, I’m not sure if you actually CAN paste your entry into the comments. ¬†If this turns out to be the case, email them to me and I’ll add them directly to my April 24 post.)

Judging:  entries will be judged by multi-talented, award-winning author/illustrators Iza Trapani, author and illustrator of over 20 gorgeous picture books, and Lisa Thiesing, author and illustrator of at least 16 beautiful and fun picture books and early readers!   Judging criteria to include:


 Рis the picture readable to a young audience,
 Рhow well does it show the character(s) and
 Рis the character(s) appealing (character development),
 Рdoes it make you want to read the story,
 Рoriginality
 Рskill.


They will narrow down the entrants to 6 finalists (or possibly a couple more or less depending on the number of entries :)) which will be posted here on Thursday May 1 for you to vote on for a winner.  The vote will be closed at 5PM EST on Sunday May 4 and the winner will be announced on Monday May 5.  (No PPBF on Friday May 2.)


The Prizes!:  There will definitely be a 1st prize.  Whether we give prizes for 1st only, 1st-3rd, or 1st-6th will depend on how many entries we get.

First Prize is absolutely amazing!  A portfolio critique by celebrated author/illustrator Michael Garland, who has over 20 picture books to his credit!!!

 РSecond Prize Рa $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick Art Materials
¬†– Third, Fourth & Fifth Prize will be winner’s choice of one of the following books:
      РWriting With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz
¬† ¬† ¬† – 2014 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market¬†by Chuck Sambuchino

¬†– Sixth Prize –¬†sketch pads/pencils

Illustrators, we can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us!

Everyone else (authors, parents, teachers, librarians, farm equipment retailers, etc. :)) think how much fun it’s going to be so see what the illustrators come up with!

You’ve got three weeks, illustrators!

On your mark, get set, GO!!! ūüôā