Kindling Words East is a rekindling event for authors, illustrators and editors working with a traditional children’s book publisher.  If you meet this eligibility requirement, you may sign up for the email list to receive a notification before the lottery opens in early September.

Historically, Kindling Words East has generated a great deal of excitement, and we usually are able to accept a third of the people who sign up for the lottery.  We keep a waitlist after the initial registration, and we contact people as spots open up.

After January 1st, any people still on the waitlist in the New England area will be shifted to a last-minute spot group, no matter how far down they are on the wait-list. When a last-minute spot opens, they will be notified in order of their lottery number.

Important Dates & Deadlines

The next Kindling Words East will take place Thursday, February 1 through Sunday, February 4, 2024. 

The lottery for 2024 will be open from Saturday, September 2 –  Saturday, September 9, 2023. 

Participants will be notified of their lottery results around September 20th, and the registration deadline will be Saturday, September 30th. After that, unregistered spots will go to people on the waitlist.

All tuition & retreat fees are non-refundable after December 15, 2023. 

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If you are an author or illustrator you must have at least one book published or under contract that meets ALL of these criteria. If you are an editor you must currently work for a publishing house that meets ALL of these criteria, or if you are currently an editor whose prior work history matches these criteria, you are also eligible (and please check all five boxes below).
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