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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by Christine D. Page on July 07, 2021, 04:56 PM »

Has anyone heard anything about this contest?  If the winners have been chosen, I’d consider submitting my story somewhere else for Halloween. Thank you! Christine Page
Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by michael-toledano on July 07, 2021, 12:45 PM »
I tried emailing and calling SCBWI to ask for a status update and so far haven't heard anything... Anyone else having more luck?
Thank you!! I appreciate the details and confirmation. 
Yes, to both. I start new chapters on a new page and if there's back matter or sidebars, have those with a separate word count. Best of luck!
I tried to search for an answer to no avail, so hoping someone can help me out...

I am getting close to querying and have read in some places that every new chapter should start on a new page in the document. Does this apply to chapter book submissions, too?

Also, I have back matter to include and have read to include it as a separate word count. Would you list that on the page where that begins or on your first page, such as "Word count: X; Back-matter Word Count: Y."

Thank you for any insights!!
Graphic Novels / Re: Word count graphic novels
« Last post by lrzajac on July 05, 2021, 04:16 PM »
Hi Kirsten,
:thankyou4 so much for chiming in and for all your great info at the Confab! That's makes things SO much easier. I actually made a copy of my manuscript and deleted out all the stuff that wasn't in the word count—a royal pain in the :notworking
Graphic Novels / Re: Word count graphic novels
« Last post by kwlarson on July 05, 2021, 03:35 PM »
Graphic novels are measured in page count not word count when you are submitting.

In terms of general guidelines, I've seen the recommendation to have no more than 25 words per panel and 125 total words per page, but it really depends on the age level. For many graphic novels, there are far fewer than this number.
If your main character is under age nine and the voice is really true to that character, you should be fine for chapter books. But also consider that about 99% of traditionally published chapter books are part of a series. Do you have ideas for other stories.

And yes to everything Vijaya and David have said, especially the part on finding a critique group who knows chapter books or posting in the crit section here.
Reed, I would really get a feel for where your particular story fits in within the very large spectrum of MG--as David says, it's much more than word counts. Do the ideas and conflicts mirror what a typical 2nd or 3rd grader can identify with, given that there's a mountain of difference between 7 and 8 and 9 yr olds. I've found the book, YARDSTICKS by Chip Wood a useful reference when trying to pin down specific subject matters and child development.

You might even post a 500-700 word excerpt of a chapter to get opinions on the private critique board.
8 chapters is a little on the short side and over 1000 words per chapter may be a little on the long side, so you may want to distribute your chapter breaks a little differently., but yes that's chapter book length.

But deciding on whether it's a chapter book relies on more than just length. What are your sentences like? How literal is the story? How much exposition is there? It could be a short story too.

With the two links below, you'll see not everyone agrees, but take a good hard look at the books you'd like to compare. How long are their chapters? What kind of language is being used? How do the chapters end? How many characters are in the story? That kind of analytical approach can really help:
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