Kidlit Events and Resources

This is a list of events and resources for Kidlit people. Some of these resources have events that aren't for everyone. I'm hoping to populate this with resources and events for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Disabled, ect. Along with general events for everyone! These resources are ones that were gathered from various sorces.


Author Mentor Match for MG- Adult novels: Jan 12-14

Windows and Mirrors Scholarship for New England SCBWI Annual Conference. Submission window Jan 1- 31st

DV Con – From the creators of #DVPit. This free conference is for self identifying marginalized book creators. Excellent conference! January 22 - 23



Annick Press Mentorship - The deadline for the first round of submissions is February 8, 2021



Mastering Graphic Novels Live is happening in May 2022 for the Children's Book Academy. There are scholarships for all of the big courses. Mira Reisberg rarely gets enough BIPOC applying. Sign up for the newsletter to be informed of scholarships and other events the CBA has to offer:



The Queer Kidlit Chat Mentorship for LGBTQIA+ people will be happening again this year! There will be an announcement on #QueerKidlit chat when this happens.

A list of calls for submissions sorted by month:


Year Round


OC Art Studios - Open Studio sessions where Larissa will critique illustration work (I highly recommend these). Larissa offers scholarships to her classes for Black and AAPI students.



Queer Kidlit Chat - On Twitter #Queerkidlit chat is Wednesday nights at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET. LGBTQIA+ people and allies welcome!

Kidlit Art Chat - On Twitter #KidlitArt chat is Thusday nights at 6:00pm PT/ 9:00pm ET. A fantastic chat for kidlit illustrators!


Other Websites: 

The Brown Bookshelf - A website dedicated to create awareness for Black stories:

Editors of Color - A website to hire BIPOC editors. Search for an editor in a huge number of categories or post a job. BIPOC can join the database.

Diverse Picture Books - A list of picture books created by diverse authors/illustrators


Kidlit 411 - a website dedicated to kidlit. Events, classes and tons of resources: