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Title: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: patricia-brown on April 13, 2022, 12:35 PM
Hello to all of my fellow writers,  :help2

I'm not sure if I'm able to submit an entire picture book manuscript to the Work in Progress/Cushman Late Bloomer contest. I have reached out through e-mail and haven't heard back. Since the deadline is April 15th I'd like to find out as soon as possible. Thanks in advance to anyone that can help me with this. Have a wonderful day!  :flowers2

Pat
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 13, 2022, 06:33 PM
Since all the regular WIP guidelines apply and that says picture book text, I think you can.

Also, hi from a fellow LI members.
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: patricia-brown on April 14, 2022, 05:10 AM
Thanks Debbie,

I'm excited about entering the contest. It's nice to meet someone from Long Island.  :love5 Have a wonderful day!

Pat  :flowers2
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: patricia-brown on April 14, 2022, 04:45 PM
Hi,

I have tried to submit my manuscript as a PDF file and am unable to. I keep getting an error message that the PDF has to be less than 20 mb which it is. I'm so frustrated since the deadline for this contest is tomorrow. I've already reduced the file size and the link to the WIP Submission is not allowing me to upload my manuscript. I hope that someone is able to help me resolve this issue. Thanks in advance for your help.  :help2

Pat  :flowers2
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: David Wright on April 14, 2022, 06:22 PM
When you say it's less than 20MB, do you mean substantially? Files actually take more space than they show--although the difference is dependent on how the hard drive is setup.

Have you printed your PDF to Microsoft Print to PDF, to see if a brand new save works any better?
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 14, 2022, 07:15 PM
If Dave's advice doesn't work, try emailing again. Send the message to whomever is listed as the contact for questions on the grant. And keep trying. Sometimes a total redo works and you never know the reason.
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: patricia-brown on April 15, 2022, 08:12 AM
Thanks David and Debbie,

Unfortunately nothing has worked so far. When I go to info on the PDF it gives this information:

87,068 bytes (90 KB on disk)

I'm going to actually call the phone number of the contact person on the e-mail. I've already e-mailed her but haven't heard back.
I'm a little upset because I really want to submit to this contest. Hopefully I'll be able to get this figured out, thanks again.  :grrr

Pat  :flowers2
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: RebeccaL-G on April 15, 2022, 08:20 AM
The SCBWI office is closed for Passover and Easter weekend. I haven't looked at the contest, but unless it says to send a PDF, perhaps sending it as a word document would solve the file size issue.
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: patricia-brown on April 15, 2022, 08:33 AM
The SCBWI office is closed for Passover and Easter weekend. I haven't looked at the contest, but unless it says to send a PDF, perhaps sending it as a word document would solve the file size issue.

Hi Rebecca,

I should have realized they'd be closed because of the holiday, thanks for letting me know. The submission guidelines state only PDFs are allowed.
The good news is I have a manuscript that I feel is worthwhile sending in, the bad news is I might not be able to.  I'll keep trying, thanks again.

Pat
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: Vijaya on April 15, 2022, 08:42 AM
Patricia, I'm so sorry you're dealing with this issue--see this thread: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=92372.0
I referenced it to another member who was able to make the necessary changes to get it to work. Good luck!
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: patricia-brown on April 15, 2022, 08:55 AM
Hi Vijaya,

Thanks so much for sharing this information with me. I've decided that I will simply send the two PDFs to the e-mail mentioned in the thread, which is the same e-mail I have used to contact the person previously. I was going to call her today but won't because of the holiday. At this point, I feel it's best to explain what happened and send in my submission.  Fingers crossed lol. Thanks again to everyone who reached out to me. I hadn't posted on here for a long time but knew it was the right place to come to.  :thankyou

Pat  :flowers2
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: Ree on April 16, 2022, 04:50 AM
Sorry, I am late to this. If you have an apostrophe in your file name, it won't take. I had the same problem. Removed my apostrophe and it worked.

Ree
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: David Wright on April 16, 2022, 11:12 AM
If you have an apostrophe in your file name, it won't take

Great suggestion -- Try to keep out all non-letter/numbers other than a space.
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: patricia-brown on April 16, 2022, 02:50 PM
Thanks Ree,

That does make sense, although it's past the due date I'll certainly keep it in mind when I enter other contests. I sent my PDF entry in directly to the contact e-mail. I'm hoping it will be accepted. Fingers crossed!

Pat  :flowers2
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 16, 2022, 08:46 PM
Good luck.
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: Ree on April 18, 2022, 07:14 AM
I hope they accommodate you!

Ree
Title: Re: Cushman Late Bloomer Award Question
Post by: patricia-brown on April 18, 2022, 12:58 PM
Thanks so much.  :thankyou

Pat :flowers2