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12 x 12 is a year-long writing challenge where members aim to write 12 complete picture book drafts, one per month, for each 12 months of the year.

A draft means a story with a beginning, middle, and end – NOT a submission-ready piece. Founded by picture book author Julie Hedlund, 12 x 12 has been supporting, encouraging, and educating writers since 2012.

ALL 12 x 12 members get access to an amazing community of 750+ picture book writers at all levels from absolute beginner to multi-published. 12 x 12 offers motivation, support, and accountability to help you write more (LOTS more!) than you would on your own.

12 x 12 offers two levels membership, each with specific additional benefits you can find outlined on the Membership Page.

IMPORTANT: Registration for 12 x 12 is only open in January and February each year.

If you miss registration, you have to wait another whole year to join.

24x7 Writing Community

Imagine a 24/7 writing community where, you have a question, you can receive answers almost instantly from a network of authors 1,000+ strong. That’s 12 x 12.


Imagine the power of having curated resources on planning, writing, revising, submitting, and promoting picture books at your fingertips every day.

That’s 12 x 12.


Imagine being able to share triumphs and disappointments alike, and have a community that “has your back” at all times.

That’s 12 x 12.


Imagine a picture book playground where you can meet other writers & illustrators, talking shop with people who “get” you, give/receive feedback on your manuscripts & queries, form critique groups, and tap into an endless supply of inspiration.

That’s 12 x 12.


That’s thousands of picture book drafts people! Thank you for joining me on this crazy journey!


Read what just a few of the 1,000+ picture book writers who’ve joined 12 x 12 have to say…


Here you will find an extensive list of links to a knowledge base which cast a net as wide as the net!

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