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Contests and Challenges / Madness! Poetry 2019 -- Additional Details
« Last post by edmubnd on February 11, 2019, 11:47 AM »
Hello, SCBWI members! As Debra said, the Madness! Poetry 2019 authlete application window is now open. The deadline to apply is Saturday, February 23rd at 11:59pm. All are welcome and SCBWI members in particular are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the event and read a near endless cycle of testimonials from former authletes, teachers, and fans here:

We're off to a record start of teachers signing up their students to participate in 2019. Our goal is to have 5,000 students reading and voting on this year's poems. So even if you don't plan to participate yourselves, please help spread word of the event to all teachers, principals, librarians, and other student group leaders in your lives!

Thank you, and good luck! Any questions, please use the chat function on the Madness! website for fastest response.


Ed DeCaria
Creator, Madness! Poetry
Promotional News / Re: Review and Giveaway of BOUND
« Last post by Vijaya on February 11, 2019, 09:13 AM »
Part II of the interview is up on Carol's blog:

Please leave a comment to win a copy!!! Thank you.
Kidlit Good News / Re: A Mix of Aloha and Abbracci--Over the Moon with this Review....
« Last post by Tori on February 11, 2019, 06:26 AM »
Thank you all--mahalo nui loa--grazie mille--so much for your encouragement! This community of writers is so affirming and supportive. May we all continue our writing journeys together, cheering each other on!

Tori :palmtree :pizza
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Trait-focused first lines
« Last post by sarah-garcia-morgan on February 11, 2019, 04:27 AM »
Thanks, Debbie.  In one case that I’m questioning, I actually do go on to provide examples of the character doing what they love immediately afterward, but it still sounds better to me with the statement beforehand (and I haven’t had any critique partners cut just that sentence yet, either).  But I’m questioning it... 

In another case (where I realized oops- maybe that’s a pattern), a critique partner suggested i cut the first paragraph entirely and it’s definitely better that way. 

Will try that out the next time I find myself doing it though, for sure.
 :yay :congratulations :thewave  Wonderful Review!!!   :love5 :stars3
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Trait-focused first lines
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on February 10, 2019, 06:19 PM »
What about having the character doing the thing they love and showing that trait instead of telling it? Of course, some traits are easier to show than others. I'm making one up as an example.

"Mine," Jacob said as he grabbed Lauren's train car. "Mine. Mine. Mine." Jacob grabbed all of the cars except one.

This gives an idea of Jacob's character without spelling it out. And the one he couldn't grab might set up the main conflict among two toddlers or siblings.

I hope this helps.

What a great review!!! Congratulations!!!
Congratulations, Tori!!!

 :goldstar :palmtree :goldstar
What a great review, Tori! Congrats!
That's lovely, Tori! So happy for you. :stars3
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