It officially has only been fall for a few days (though the temps in Austin are still 100) but things have been busy on this end. The Writing Barn is soon to open and as YA and Children's Editor of Hunger Mountain, I wanted to let all readers know about our 2012 Submissions Needs.
The Hunger Mountain Children’s & YA page continues to showcase the best and brightest in children’s literature, from new voices to award-winners. We spotlight industry issues as they happen and create a dialogue between writer, reader, librarian, parent, and all interested in kid-lit.
*We are also interested in sneak-peaks into new books coming out, deleted chapters from books, short stories, etc.* Hunger Mountain buys first world serial rights and upon publication, the rights revert back to the contributor. For sneak-peaks, publisher and rights department approval is needed.
The Mystery & Magic of Identity
Hunger Mountain is actively seeking submissions for the Winter 2012 issue The Mystery and Magic of Identity. We are looking for essays, fiction, poetry, non-fiction and humor that touch on the themes of identity—gender, sexual, ethnic, privilege, author branding, online identity, explorations of self, along with the mystery and magic of world building in fantasy and novels that deal with time travel. For picture books—identity issues as a child, sibling relationships, the magic of word choice, the mystery of the page turn etc.
The Landscape of Literature
Hunger Mountain is actively seeking submissions for the Spring 2012 issue, The Landscape of Literature. We are looking for essays, fiction, poetry, non-fiction and humor touching on the importance of setting, place, regionally distinct pieces (Not just Southern), use of dialect, heritage—literary heritage as well as author’s heritage, where historical novels now fit, illustrators incorporating setting details in their work, setting as character, from YA, MG and PB contributors.
Along with our features, each issue we would like to include one or two essays for our regular columns:
The Flipside—two authors various take on one issue.
This Writer’s Life—essays on and about the writer’s life.
INKlings—essays on and about the illustrator’s life and/or techniques.
In Response—an essay adding to or commenting on the conversation from the prior HM issue.
The Toolbox—craft based essays on a variety of topics.
What My Last Book Taught Me—A short essay on what the author’s last book taught them.
New Work—fiction, poetry, short stories, opening chapters of WIP, etc.
Do not miss the Art & Insanity of Creativity fall issue which will launch later this month.
Do not miss content from the Hunger Mountain C&YA Archives, some highlights include:
Young Adult and Children’s Literature
- Anderson, E. Kristin…Topography (poem) (Spring 2010)
- Anderson, Jessica Lee…Finding Bigfoot (MG Novel Excerpt) (Spring 2010)
- Appelt, Kathi…Blurring the Lines (Winter 2009)
- Atkins, Jeannine…Scrap by Scrap: Turning History into Poems (Spring 2010)
- Auseon, Andrew…The Kid Stays in the Pictures(Summer 2009)
- Brosnan, Rosemary…Missing Norma (Winter 2009)
- Cupala, Holly…Tell Me a Secret (YA Novel Sneak Peek) (Spring 2010)
- Davis, Tanita…Reflected Faces (Spring 2010)
- Dionne, Erin…Contemporary Cinderella: Inner Changes and Transformation Make a Modern Princess (Winter 2009)
- Fagan, Deva…Proactive Princess: Re-Imagining the Fairy Tale (Winter 2009)
- Jahn-Clough, Lisa…So You Want to Write about Sex? (Winter 2009)
- Jones, Carrie…Hunting Bigfoot: Why I Write Fantasy (Summer 2009)
- Knowles, Jo…Helping Inmates Find Their Truth: Using Writing Prompts to Explore Personal Journeys (Spring 2010)
- Lewis, J. Patrick…Can Children’s Poetry Matter? (Winter 2009)
- Mazer, Anne…My Mother, the Writer (Winter 2009)
- Millward, Carol Larese…Star in the Middle (YA excerpt) (Winter 2009)
- Neri, G.…Wahoo! The Incredible Adventures of Chief Wahoo McDaniel: Wrestling Superstar (Summer 2009)
- Neri, G.…Creating The Book: How To Hook Urban (non)Readers (Summer 2009)
- Neri, G.…The Run (YA)(Winter 2009)
- Nuzum, K.A.…Damn it, Jim. I’m a Writer, Not a Paleontologist (Summer 2009)
- Nye, Naomi Shihab…Maximum Security (a poem) (Spring 2010)
- Paterson, Katherine…Fellow Travelers (Summer 2009)
- Patron, Susan…A Lucky Break (Summer 2009)
- Perkins, Mitali…Teens Do Judge a Book by the Cover (Spring 2010)
- Wiles, Deborah…Speaking Through the Veil (Winter 2009)
- Stein, David Ezra…The Making of Pouch (Winter 2009)
- Teplick, Anne…The Quieter We Become, the More We Are Able to Hear: Writing with Teens in a Psychiatric Hospital (Spring 2010)
- Williams-Garcia, Rita…Warning: Characters May Appear as They Are or Why I Write “Realistic” Fiction (Summer 2009)
- Wong, Janet S.…The Poet’s Process (Summer 2009)
- Wynne-Jones, Tim…The Uninvited (YA Novel Excerpt) (Summer 2009)
- Zarr, Sara…Hold On Loosely (Summer 2009)
And in Writing Barn News!
A bit about the barn...The Writing Barn, a writing retreat and book launch party space is available for rental in S. Austin. Operated by author Bethany Hegedus, The Writing Barn, which features floor to ceiling book shelves, cozy loft, large covered porch, free wifi, spacious bedroom with queen-sized-bed, half bath, and kitchenette, is a haven for all book lovers. For more information visit: The Writing Barn (web site under construction) and/or email bahegedus at gmail.com for rates and availability.
The Barn's FIRST Event... October 16th, 2-4 pm.
Please join Jeff Crosby
& Shelley Jackson
to celebrate the release of their newest children's picture book, HARNESS HORSES, BUCKING BRONCOS & PIT PONIES: A HISTORY OF HORSE BREEDS!
Minis and Friends
, a charitable organization that benefits disabled children, will be at the event with live miniature horses to pet. Original art from the book will be on display, prints will be for sale, and copies of HARNESS HORSES will be available for purchase and to get autographed. We'll also have snacks, horsey games and more!
This event is open to the public. The Writing Barn is located at 10202 Wommack Road in Austin. Parking will be available inside the property and overflow parking is available on Riddle Road and Wommack Road.
It's sure to be a fun event for horse lovers, book lovers, and art lovers of all ages!