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Call for Writers and Illustrators

Center for Responsive Schools is currently seeking experienced writers and illustrators to help create a series of titles for Avenue A Books, a new imprint for students in grades K-8. These books will focus on topics such as interpersonal relationships, social and emotional skills, diverse experiences, and other matters related to the daily life of elementary and middle school students. All work will be created on a work for hire basis at a competitive flat rate. Terms to be discussed upon hire. Please note that this is a freelance opportunity, not a staff position.

Currently, we are focused on graphic novels for all ages between kindergarten and eighth grade. In the future, we may also be open to creating standard novels and non-fiction.

To apply, please send a cover letter with:

  • a brief bio
  • a list of previous publication and/or illustration credits
  • mention of any experience you have writing and/or illustrating graphic novels specifically

Additionally, please include:


  • 2–3 samples of fiction writing for children in grades K-8 (up to 25 pages) as a Word document or PDF


  • A link to your portfolio


  • Children’s fiction writing samples and portfolio link

Please send all application materials to [email protected] with the subject line “Writer submission [First/Last Name],” “Illustrator submission [First/Last Name],” or “Writer/illustrator submission [First/Last Name],” as applicable. We will contact you if we select your proposal or have an open project that we feel might be a good match for you. No phone calls, please.

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