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Hi everyone!

The 2019 Writing with the Stars mentor lineup is now LIVE at: http://beckytarabooks.com/wwts-contest/

This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring picture book authors and illustrators to win a free 3-month mentorship from enthusiastic, talented, multi-published mentors who CAN'T WAIT to provide guidance and support to their lucky mentees! The official application window is January 9-13, but if you are interested in applying, definitely start researching and working on your applications now--there is LOTS of competition for these spots!

Writing with the Stars was created by Tara Luebbe (author of picture books SHARK NATE-O, I AM FAMOUS, and the upcoming I USED TO BE FAMOUS and CONAN THE LIBRARIAN) and is now in its third year. GOOD LUCK to all who apply! 

:goodluck  Becky
#1 - December 04, 2018, 06:15 AM
« Last Edit: December 05, 2018, 08:56 AM by Becky »
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I'm thinking of entering this contest.  What does anyone who participated in this contest think of it.
  Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
#2 - January 01, 2019, 02:58 PM

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I encouraged a friend to enter last year and he won a spot with Pam Calvert,  a gifted PB writer, freelance editor, and member of this community. He told me he grew tremendously and had a fantastic experience! ✨📚

If you win a spot it would require a commitment of time and energy over the three month period, but the trade-off is an opportunity to learn from incredibly talented mentors—I hope you’ll give it a try!

Best wishes!
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#3 - January 04, 2019, 12:02 PM
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I definitely think this is a great program to apply to. In my network of writer friends, I know several of the mentors and several of the people who made it in and have not heard one bad thing about it. In fact, I met Stacy McNulty, the inspiration for this mentorship by Tara, a few years ago and she was one of the kindest, most supporting writers I have met. She gave a free mentorship a few years back and her only "ask" was that the person who won it at some point pass it on. So that is what Tara has done, many times over. I love the spirit of this contest and if I weren't agented I would apply in a heart beat.

Good luck!
#4 - January 04, 2019, 02:12 PM

Thanks for your info and encouragement!
#5 - January 04, 2019, 03:52 PM

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A lot of good writers (and illustrators) to select from as potential mentors. I'm excited to apply! Thanks for sharing.
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Hey as i am filling out the application to the contest i wonder what does it mean to write in Prose ?
#7 - January 05, 2019, 05:39 AM

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Hey as i am filling out the application to the contest i wonder what does it mean to write in Prose ?

Prose is nonrhyme.

Here's more info on it:
https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/prose
#8 - January 05, 2019, 08:16 AM
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Yes, it is an amazing opportunity for those who are chosen! A few of the past winners have gone on to sign with agents and/or editors, although the number one goal, of course, is to strengthen your writing. There is great information behind each of the star-studded doors, but be sure to check out all of the interviews on Tara's blog http://beckytarabooks.com/blog/, as well. All of this information is very helpful when applying! GOOD LUCK, everyone!

 :flowers2 Becky



 
#9 - January 06, 2019, 11:05 AM
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What is the word count  for the contest i cannot find it anywhere in the information
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The word doc to download lists a word-limit for some of the specific questions (but others do not).

For the work sample, the link for the Official Rules opens to a PDF that lists word limits of 800 (fiction) or 1000 (non-fiction).
#11 - January 06, 2019, 02:56 PM

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