Do You Want to Write 12 Picture Books in 12 Months?

In 12 x 12, you’ll get the motivation and accountability you need to get those drafts finished, all with the support of the friendliest writing community on earth. Registration in 12 x 12 is now closed for this year. Sign up to receive information on 2015 registration.

“I am one manuscript away from completing the 12×12 in 2012 challenge, and I cannot say enough good things about it. If you are thinking you might like to do it — DO IT! If you are thinking you’re not ready yet — DO IT! If you are wondering where you will find the time — DO IT! I promise, you won’t regret it.”Carrie Finison

2013 participants raved about 12 x 12. See what they had to say in this video. Then register before time runs out. Registration will close on Friday, February 28th 2014.



Need more inspiration? Watch this video from Tim McCanna, one of this year’s participants. More FAQs are answered after the video.


Have more questions? Read on for answers to the most common ones. Want more incentive to join next year? Check out some of the testimonials from last year’s participants.

What is 12 x 12?

Simple.  We set out to write twelve complete picture book drafts in a given year. One picture book draft per month for each of the twelve months of the year. This means a first draft: beginning, middle, end. NOT a submission-ready piece.

Who is sponsoring the 12 x 12?

Author Julie Hedlund launched the challenge at the end of 2011 after realizing she only completed one full draft from all 30 of the PiBoIdMo ideas she came up with in 2010.  She decided to invite others to come along for the journey for support and camaraderie. Don’t know what PiBoIdMo is? Take thyself over there at once!

Who is participating?

More than 500 authors and illustrators at all stages of publication — multi-published, debut authors, pre-published authors and brand new writers, joined the challenge in 2014.

Can I join?

Registration in 12 x 12 is now closed for this year. Sign up here to receive information on 2015 registration.

Who created the incredible 12 x 12 Participant Badge and Banner?

That would be Linda Silvestri, an extraordinarily talented illustrator.  Please be sure to visit Linda’s website and her blog.

Do you have other questions? Contact Julie!

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