Skip to main content

Announcing Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market 2020

Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market 2020 editor Amy Jones announces the publication of the 32nd annual edition including the special features.

Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market 2020 editor Amy Jones announces the publication of the 32nd annual edition.

Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market 2020

The 32nd annual edition of Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market 2020 is now available! This was my first year editing the book and I’m thrilled at how it turned out. But I’ll be even more thrilled if it helps you find the perfect agent or publisher for your children’s book.

To help give you an idea of what’s inside this edition, here’s my editor’s letter from the beginning of the book.

Welcome to the 32nd Annual Edition of the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market! In this edition, my goal was not just to balance the articles and listings, but within the articles, to include useful information for writers of the wide age spectrum that encompasses children’s writing. So you’ll find articles that speak to everything from picture books to YA novels.

In the section of craft articles you’ll find brilliant excerpts from Ann Whitford Paul’s book, Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition, plus articles about creating compelling characters. You’ll also find interviews with bestselling authors including Jacqueline Woodson, Cassandra Clare, N.K. Jemisin, and more. Learn more about promoting your work, whether self-published or traditionally published, and much more in the collection of business and promotion articles.

As usual, the listings in this edition run the gamut from book publishers in the United States and abroad; magazines; agents and art reps; clubs and organizations; conferences and workshops; and contests, awards, and grants.

With the help of these resources, I hope 2020 will be your most satisfying and productive year yet.

Amy Jones, managing content editor

Order your copy of Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market 2020 today!

IndieBound | Barnes and Noble | Books a Million | Amazon

[We use affiliate links.]

[Note on the publisher: As some of you may already know, Writer’s Digest’s former parent company, F+W Media, was auctioned off as part of bankruptcy proceedings in 2019. Penguin Random House LLC acquired the Writer’s Digest Books brand, including the Market Books and WritersMarket.com, while Active Interest Media acquired everything else branded as Writer’s Digest, including the magazine, conferences, contests, online education, WritersDigest.com, and more. So while we’re still excited about the Writer’s Digest Books brand, we do want to clarify that we’re now owned by separate entities.]

Image placeholder title

Get recognized for your writing. Find out more about the Writer's Digest family of writing competitions.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: Romance Writing Virtual Conference, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce the Romance Writing Virtual Conference, six WDU courses, and more!

Popular Fantasy Tropes for Writers

21 Popular Fantasy Tropes for Writers

Here are 21 examples of fantasy tropes for writers to consider and subvert when writing fantastical fiction.

Writing Goals and Intentions: 25 Prompts

Writing Goals and Intentions: 25 Prompts

Make this year your most successful writing year ever by considering the following questions to set your goals and intentions.

Is a Personal Essay Considered Journalism?

Is a Personal Essay Considered Journalism?

Journalist Alison Hill answers the question of whether or not the personal essay is considered journalism by defining the genre and offering examples. Plus, outlets for you to publish your own personal essay.

Forth vs. Fourth (Grammar Rules)

Forth vs. Fourth (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use forth vs. fourth in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Bad Place

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Bad Place

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, make the setting the antagonist.

Gaslighting in Romance: From Jane Eyre to the Present Day (and Why Writers Should Care)

Gaslighting in Romance: From Jane Eyre to the Present Day (and Why Writers Should Care)

Gaslighting can work its way into the backstory of a character, but it can also be misused. Here, author Emma Barry discusses gaslighting in romance.

Brad Taylor: On Real-Life Threats Inspiring Thriller Novels

Brad Taylor: On Real-Life Threats Inspiring Thriller Novels

Author and veteran Brad Taylor discusses the research that led to his new thriller novel, The Devil’s Ransom.

How Roleplaying Helps Our Writing—and Our Marriage

How Role-Playing Helps Our Writing—and Our Marriage

As co-writing partners who fully embody the stories they tell in their writing process, authors Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka share how role-playing helps their writing, and their marriage.