Announcing #Caribbeankidlitchat

On April 2, 2015 (International Children's Book Day), Anansesem hosted its first ever Twitter chat with guest authors Lynn Joseph, Ramin Ganeshram, Tracey Baptiste, and moderator Summer Edward. The chat focused on diversity, diversifying Caribbean children's lit narratives and the (often problematic) relationship between Caribbean children's literature and US publishing.

The first #Caribbeankidlitchat was enthusiastically received. The Tweet Reach analysis of the chat below confirms the impact of using a social media forum like Twitter to reach and engage the kid lit community:

#Caribbeankidlitchat (that's the official hash tag) is a twitter chat, held about once every two months, for anyone involved in the writing, editing, reading, marketing or publishing of Caribbean children's literature. We welcome readers, librarians, teachers, parents, booksellers, packagers, etc. to engage in discussions concerning the market, craft, the classroom, children, shelving, content, policy, etc.

 #Caribbeankidlitchat takes place at 7PM EST (usually on Thursdays) and goes until 8:30PM. The chats are guided discussions (there is a moderator) and participants are asked to stay on topic. The best way to participate is using if you have a Twitter account and if you don't.

We plan to have this chat once per month. We are currently seeking participants (guest authors and publishing professionals) as well as volunteers to help spread the word and serve as moderators (as long as you are qualified to do so).

Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages where we will announce future chats:

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Click the button below to read the full transcripts of previous chats on our Storify page:

And browse the #Caribbeankidlitchat archives here (Note: the archives may show an "empty timeline" if there have been no recent chats):

#Caribbeankidlitchat Tweets
We are pleased to announce that we will be awarding a prize for the best children's story written by an adult appearing in the upcoming December 2013 issue! Readers of Anansesem will vote for the best story (readers' choice). This prize is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Caribbean South SCBWI chapter.

*Update: Stories appearing in the May 2013 issue are now eligible for the prize also.

Submit your work to the December 2013 issue of Anansesem now!
Submission Deadline: November 25, 2013

Prize Details

A free one-year membership to the Caribbean South chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).


*You must have a Caribbean mailing address.
*You must be older than 18.

The SCBWI is the only professional, international organization specifically for writers and illustrators of children’s books. It acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people, from Board Books to Young Adult novels.

One-year SCBWI membership, valued at US $85. Benefits include:

-The Book
Your own copy of the THE BOOK: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO PUBLISHING FOR CHILDREN with yearly updates.

-The Bulletin
Subscription to the The SCBWI Bulletin, a bi-monthly publication containing comprehensive and current information in the field of children’s literature.

-Awards and grants
SCBWI grants are awarded throughout the year and provide financial assistance to members to finish works-in-progress, polish portfolios, attend conferences, market published books and more.

Regular thirty to forty-five minute podcasts, with interviews from leaders in the children's literature field available for free download.

Award-winning authors, esteemed illustrators, editors, agents, and publishers present lectures, conduct workshops, and give individual manuscript and art consultations at SCBWI conferences around the world.

-Local Community
When you join SCBWI you automatically become a member of your local region. We have over is 80 regions within the United States and throughout the world. Through your local chapter you can meet other writers, attend events and get local support.

-Inclusion in the SCBWI Online Bookstore
SCBWI members with a published book (both traditionally and independently published) can list their book in the SCBWI's online bookstore.

-Chance to have your blog featured on the SCBWI's homepage
All members, whether published or pre-published, are eligible to list their blog in the SCBWI's blog roll.

-Illustrator Gallery
All illustrator members can display their portfolios in the SCBWI's online gallery, which is visited by art directors and others looking to hire illustrators.

-Art Spot
Illustrator members are invited to submit spot art to the SCBWI bulletin to be featured each issue. The Bulletin is seen by 22,000 members including top industry professionals.

-Speaker’s Bureau
Published members (both traditionally and independently) can be included in the Speaker’s Bureau, a searchable collection of authors and illustrators available for school visits. The Speaker’s Bureau is used by teachers and librarians around the world.

-Book Launch Parties
Each member is entitled to a virtual “Book Launch Party" for their newly-published books. The parties offer an opportunity for members to be celebrated by friends, family and fellow authors as well as promote their new books.


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