For reasons I shall explain later, I won’t be blogging much this week.

But that’s OK, because I have suggestions of ways you can keep yourself busy and maybe even make some extra cash in my absence. In fact, you DEAR READER OF IN THE MIX may already be a winner.

Here are two opportunities to get a little help paying your cell phone bill:

  • This one’s more challenging, but affords a creative outlet: Write a children’s book. Keshet, a Jewish LGBT group founded by Idit Klein, who I met back when we were both lowly (but happy) interns at the New Israel Fund, is seeking manuscripts of 800 – 1000 words for a fictional Jewish children’s picture book with a GLBT family or characters.

They’d like the story to be of interest not just to GLBT families but to the larger Jewish community, so the storyline needs to be engaging, funny, or surprising in some way, not didactic. The story should have a clear, clever and interesting narrative plot with universal themes and Jewish content. They’re not looking for a story about what it’s like to live in a gay Jewish family, but rather a book with one or more members of a GLBT Jewish family as the central character(s) in a great story. They welcome stories that show ethnic diversity as well as diversity of family structure.

The manuscripts will be evaluated by a committee of parents, educators, children’s librarians, and a children’s book publisher. The author of the winning manuscript will receive a prize of $250 and the possibility of having his/her book published.

Submit an electronic copy of the manuscript in a Word document to andrea@keshetonline.org by April 15, 2011 (Do NOT get this mixed up with your tax forms). Illustrations for manuscripts are not necessary or desired.

The contest winner will be announced in early May. The winner will be notified separately by the publisher if his/her manuscript is chosen for publication.
Contact Keshet’s director of education, Andrea Jacobs, with any questions at andrea@keshetonline.org or 617-524-9227.

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