Spring Fling Kidlit Contest

Spring has arrived, and it’s the third year of Ciara O’Neal and Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez’ #SpringFlingKidlit writing contest! The aim is to find or create a Spring-themed gif, then write a children’s story about it in 150 words or less. Having recently entered Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious words competition, having 150 words to play with felt like a bit of a luxury!

Review: THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF MAGIC by Amy Sparkes

Welcome to the sparkling world of magical mayhem that is Amy Sparkes’ The House at the Edge of Magic! Fans of Amy’s fantastical picture books and laugh-out-loud Pirate Blunderbeard series will love this new adventure which combines magic and humour into one irresistible, spellbinding package for younger middle grade readers.

Preparing Illustrated Picture Books for Submission: Ten More Things I’ve Learned…

Back in April 2019 I wrote a post on ten things I wished I’d done sooner on my journey towards submitting my first illustrated picture book. Eight months later, here are ten more things I’ve learned that have helped me on my submission journey (and which I hope might help you, if you’re aiming to submit as an author illustrator)…

I entered the Wraptious competition again…

Wraptious run their competition twice a year as a way of finding new artists for their home- and giftware ranges (see my previous post about Wraptious for more details about them). They’ve just extended the deadline for the current competition until 8th December and it’s very easy to enter (see https://www.wraptious.com/pages/competition-instructions). Once you’ve uploaded your designs (up to five) they can instantly be ordered as square prints or vegan-suede cushions. This is obviously perfect timing for Christmas gifts, so I’ve ordered one of my cushion covers as a present for my mum… (it’s OK, she doesn’t ‘do’ the internet so…