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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trends in Children’s Literature, Part 1

The world of children’s literature is constantly changing. Writing to a trend is not recommended but understanding the market is critical to getting contracts. The following is some trends I’ve noticed as I research editors.

Print books are alive and well.
Digital books are also popular. The interactive component of these books add to their popularity.
Board books are the fastest growing books in juvenile titles. These are durable, cardboard page books designed for ages newborn – age 3. Since 2013, they have grown in publication at a rate of 20% per year.
Graphic novels are in high demand among many editors and publishing houses. The graphic novel format is showing up in chapter books and picture books.
Paperback books continue to rise in sales.
Picture books are on the upswing again after a lull of a few years. Competition is fierce and the text is short.
Chapter books are becoming a little more popular, especially series. The story needs commercial appeal with a strong hook.
Middle grade fiction is the winner at the moment. Manuscripts for this age group are reaping the most contracts and the books garner the most sales. Humorous stories are sought by editors and publishers and, most of all, readers. Adventure series, fantasy, science fiction, and standalone books.
Young adult books are still popular. Contemporary stories that deal with realistic issues. Also, fantasy and world building.
Next week, I’ll continue the list of latest trends.
Call for submissions for Young Writers:

Princeton University Poetry Contest for High School StudentsRestrictions: Student writers in the 11th grade. Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100. Deadline: November 27, 2016.

Call for submissions for Adult Writers

Literary e-clectic. Story Submissions: As we said above, the only two requirements for the content is that it falls under the quarterly theme and that it is between 1,000-8,000 words.  

Artwork: Renfield Press is looking for cover artwork to feature in upcoming issues. We consider all forms of art and ask that artists submit up to five images per theme. 

Themes and Submission Periods: 

Lost and Found (theme). Accepting Submission through November 30th.


Nancy Kelly Allen has written 40+ children’s books and a cookbook, SPIRIT OF KENTUCKY: BOURBON COOKBOOK.

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