I've been thinking all day about the election and what is says to kids. We tell kids to be good to each other, to not bully, to include, to respect. But kids and adults woke up this morning feeling scared because of who they are. They feel their voices, already marginalized, are about to be drowned out even more. I wish I could take away the fear, but I know I can't. What I can do is support their voices and stories. I can support my fellow writers whose stories give children a way to recognize their own lives and understand their world.
I am offering two free picture book critiques. The picture books must be under 1,000 words and fiction. It can be in rhyme, but I will only critique the story, not the rhyme or meter.
The first critique is for any picture book author who wants to enter. The second critique is for any writer who feels their background is marginalized and under-represented in the kid lit world. This includes, but is not limited to, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and people of under-represented races, cultures, and religions. People who enter the drawing for the second critique can also enter the drawing for the first critique.
How to enter? Write a comment below, stating which critique(s) you are submitting for. If you share on social media, please note that in your comment and you will get an extra submission. This is a free critique, but I do ask one thing. In your comment, please note that you will pay this idea forward by helping someone else. You can describe what you will do or you can say you'll figure it out soon. It could be anything from paying for someone's cup of coffee to promising to shovel your neighbor's walk at the first snowfall. There's no wrong idea as long as you're taking the time to help someone else.
Comments will be open until Wednesday, November 16. I will contact the winners soon after. Thank you!