What's New @RQLA

What's New @RQLA


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Bill Canterbury

Bill Canterbury

Bill Canterbury has been writing for kids ever since he was seven. His “Today’s Weather Now!!!” daily handout for his classmates always forecast earthquakes and asteroids, none of which ever happened. Bill has written and produced over one hundred hours of animated and live-action comedy television shows for both kids and adults. He holds an A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University... read more

Natasha Khan

Natasha Khan is a Pakistani expat mom raising two boys with her husband in Saudi Arabia. She spends an inexcusable amount of time window shopping for books on the internet and playing the New York Times Spelling Bee. She is passionate about her country, her people, and her food... read more

Thushanthi Ponweera

Thushanthi Ponweera is a children’s author and poet. She lives in Sri Lanka where she grew up reading and falling in love with stories about children in foreign countries. She hopes that someday readers will fall in love with stories about children in Sri Lanka... read more

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez is a California-based picture book author. Of Guatemalan and Basque roots, she highlights diversity in all her creative endeavors... read more

Melissa Mwai

Melissa Mwai

Melissa H. Mwai is a picture book Author-Illustrator. Her middle initial stands for Hernández, representing her Afro-Puerto Rican heritage. Melissa wants underrepresented kids see themselves in her stories... read more

Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is a children’s author, educator, and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize... read more

Deborah Diner

Deborah Diner

Deborah Diner has always loved books and words, and wanted to be a writer even before she could read. Some of her earliest memories are of dictating stories to her mother, who typed them up and bound them into her first published books..... read more

Leslie Widener

Leslie Stall Widener

Leslie Stall Widener, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, grew up in Tulsa and was a regular at her neighborhood library and the summertime bookmobile, although she had a problem with the limited number of books she was allowed to take home.... read more

Stephanie Gibeault

Stephanie Gibeault

Stephanie Gibeault took many detours on her way to writing middle grade and picture books. Her first career as a biologist had her swarmed by marmoset monkeys and grumbled at by gorillas.... read more

Bookish Buzz

Marta Magellan's "The Chupacabra" Published

6/17/2021: Congratulations to client Marta Magellan, whose short story, "The Chupacabra," was published in this summer's Orange Blossom Review. 

Agent Kelly Dyksterhouse is Agent of the Month

6/1/2021: Agent Kelly Dyksterhouse will be featured the entire month of June over on the Writing and Illustrating: Sharing Information About Writing and Illustrating for Children website. There will be an interview with Kelly every Friday of the month!

Nydia Armendia-Sanchez awarded Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant

5/17/2021: Congratulations to client Nydia Armendia-Sanchez! She was awarded the Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant (out of 1900 applicants!). The Foundation supports artists and writers with children. They make annual unrestricted cash awards to individuals; at least half of these awards are made to applicants of color.

RURAL VOICES receives Nautilus Award​

5/14/2021: RURAL VOICES continues to receive the honors! Featuring work by client Monica Roe, the short story collection was honored by the Nautilus Book Awards as Best of Mid-Grade/YA Fiction.

RURAL VOICES, featuring Monica Roe, nominated

5/11/2021: RURAL VOICES, a short story collection featuring a piece by client Monica Roe, is a YALSA BFYA2022 nominee. Congratulations!


Title: Soraya and the Dragon
Editor: Sunita Apte
Work Author: Salima Alikhan
Publisher: Reycraft
Illustrator: Atieh Sohrab & Jennifer Naalchigar
Revealed: Apr. 29, 2021
Publication: Aug. 18, 2021

The second book in RQLA client Salima Alikhan's #OwnVoices middle grade series, each with a comic book insert. In each book, a girl takes a field trip with her classmates and embarks on an adventure.

Tziporah Cohen shortlisted for Hackmatack Children's Choice Award

4/23/2021: Client Tziporah Cohen's novel NO VACANCY has been included in the Hackmatack Children's Choice Award shortlist for Atlantic Canada, 2021-22. Congratulations!

Salima Alikhan presenting at TLA Virtual Conference

4/22/2021: Client Salima Alikhan will be presenting at the TLA Virtual conference on Friday, April 23, from 2:30 to 3:00 CT.

Sidura Ludwig shortlisted for this year's Danuta Gleed Literary Award

4/22/2021: Client Sidura Ludwig has been shortlisted for the twenty-fourth annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award for her short story collection, YOU ARE NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED. The Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2020 in the English language. Congratulations, Sidura!

Both Monique Gray Smith and Tziporah Cohen finalists in this year's Willow Awards

4/12/2021: Clients Monique Gray Smith with her picture book WHEN WE ARE KIND and Tziporah Cohen with her novel NO VACANCY have been named as finalists in their categories in this year's Willow Awards! Congratulations, Tzippy and Monique!

Laura Shovan to Appear in MG Anthology

3/17/2021: Client Laura Shovan has a short story appearing in 13 B'NAI MITZVAH STORIES, edited by Jonathan Rosen and Henry Herz. The anthology will be published by Albert Whitman in March 2022. Congratulations, Laura!

Find us!

Agent Jacqui Lipton will be taking pitches during this conference on craft.

Agent Jacqui Lipton will serve as a faculty member for this We Need Diverse Books workshop for Native/First Nations writers.

Agent Kortney Price will be providing critiques for this online webinar series, held August 12 – September 13, for the East Pennsylvania SCBWI region.

Agent Jacqui Lipton will break down the nuts and bolts of a nonfiction proposal in this interactive workshop.

What's on our mind

Agents and clients talk shop across the web

Interview: Writing in Partnership with Others

Agent Jacqui Lipton's monthly Luna Station Quarterly column explores methods and strategies for writing with other people and organizations - as well as legal considerations to keep in mind. Whether you're co-authoring, writing for hire, or collaborating in another way, navigating partnerships can be a tricky but ultimately creatively rewarding experience!