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. To get the latest info on 12 x 12 and to find out when registration opens, go to our 12 x 12 website HERE.

“I am one manuscript away from completing the 12×12 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



Need more inspiration? Watch this video from Tim McCanna, one of our 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 12 x 12 members.

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? PiBoIdMo is known now as Storystorm. Take thyself over there at once!

Who is participating?

More than 900 authors and illustrators at all stages of publication — multi-published, debut authors, pre-published authors and brand new writers, join the challenge each year.

Can I join?

Sure! 12 x 12 is a calendar year challenge. Registration takes place in January and February each year. Go to our membership page for dates and to sign up for our notification list so you don’t miss a thing! 12 x 12 Membership Info.

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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