Become a PJ Library Author or Illustrator

Are you an author, author-illustrator, graphic novelist, agent, or publisher who has a Jewish children's story to share? If so, we want to read it! Here's your guide to working with PJ Library and PJ Our Way. See below for exciting new opportunities, including how to apply for the Author Israel Adventure 3rd Cohort!

Author Israel Adventure - Join our inaugural cohort!

PJ Library invites experienced and published children's book authors and illustrators to apply for our third Author Israel Adventure! This all-expense-paid experience is designed to inspire accomplished creators to bring Israel, Jewish ideas, and diverse Jewish stories to their board, picture, and middle grade books

We will begin our adventure with online meet-ups and customized webinars before we travel together to Israel where we will explore the historical and modern country, meet with diverse groups of Israelis, and journey from the barren desert to the Mediterranean Sea. We will experience the unique vibrancy of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and take time for reflection, discussion, and writing, often facilitated by well-known local authors. Thanks to generous support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, the 2023 trip is central to a cohort year spanning from October 2022 through October 2023. After returning from Israel the cohort experience will culminate with a writers' retreat in North America, currently scheduled for the week of October 15, 2023.

PJ Library Picture Book Summer Camp at the Highlights Foundation

Calling all aspiring authors! PJ Library and the Highlights Foundation are teaming up to take you back to camp! If you're a pre-published author with a Jewish picture book in progress (or an idea for one), we invite you to apply for a week of inspiration, mentorship, fun, and creativity on the beautiful campus of the Highlights Foundation. The PJ Library Picture Book Summer Camp Week will run from August 7 - 11, 2022 and applications are due Thursday, April 28 at 11:00 PM EDT. For more information, visit the Highlights Foundation website. We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Highlights Foundation Scholarship

PJ Library is pleased to announce a scholarship program to nurture and develop authors and illustrators of Jewish-themed books for children. Applicants may apply for full and partial scholarships to attend a Highlights Foundation workshop or Unworkshop.

Applicants should be working on or pursuing a writing or illustrating career with a focus on Jewish themes. A description of your project(s) and interest in Jewish children's literature, as well as a writing or illustration sample should accompany your application. PJ Library is especially interested in supporting new and diverse voices with these scholarships.

To learn more visit the Highlights Foundation website.

Children's Book Workshop for Visual Storytellers: Exploring Jewish Themes and Content

In the summer of 2020, PJ Library sponsored a week-long intensive workshop to help eight visual storytellers create a draft of a children’s book or graphic novel. The workshop was held at The Center for Cartoon Studies in beautiful downtown White River Junction, Vermont and taught by CCS cofounder James Sturm and other CCS faculty. For more information about other opportunities, please visit the CCS website.

Tent: Children’s Literature

PJ Library proudly sponsored Tent: Children's Literature, a weeklong retreat for emerging and midcareer writers and illustrators of Jewish picture books, early chapter books, and middle-grade fiction. Creators spent a week at the Yiddish Book Center reading and writing, workshopping new projects, and talking about craft and the history of Jewish storytelling. The program offered intensive, multi-day workshops led by prominent critics and editors, as well as seminars on Jewish history, literature, and cultural materials. For more information about other learning opportunities, please visit the Yiddish Book Center's website.