CFP Feedback Please

We have drafted our CFP and would like feedback. We especially want feedback on the guiding questions as we know they need some help.

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@may20-cohort — let John and the Children’s literature team know what you think of the call for participation so far.

My feedback:

  • I’d encourage adding a link to the project homepage, where someone can learn more about the project if they are curious
  • Since the first half the call is directed to the reader as “you,” I would suggest framing the guiding questions similarly.
  • The questions could be grouped together thematically: Influence, Impact, Self-identification, Habits, Concerns. This might help someone writing the call narrow in on a theme that resonates strongly with them and focus on the questions for that theme. The set of questions themselves seem to be good prompts.
  • Some questions seem quite similar and could be better distinguished, such as:
    • Did you/they see yourself/themselves in the children’s literature you/they read?
    • Did you/they see yourself/themselves reflected in the children’s literature you/they read?
  • What’s the age-range you are hoping people look back and reflect on? Or, another way to put it, what are the target reading ages you’d like respondents to talk about (eg: 6-10, 11-15)
  • Are there word limits for respondents? Other guidelines? I know there’s a balance to make sure you allow room for authors to share their own experiences and reflections.
  • What’s the submission deadline?
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Thank you for your helpful feedback. I just thought about something we didn’t include…we wanted to know how the children’s literature impacted future stories or the lack thereof.