Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 13, 2018

Page Street Kids – Courtney Burke – 5th Editor of the Month

Courtney Burke

Courtney Burke is an associate editor at Page Street Kids. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, and interned at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt before joining the Page Street team. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Boston Teen Author Festival. 

She loves picture books that celebrate imagination and creativity in all forms, humorous stories (dry and meta or fun and silly!), and new twists on folktales.  Additionally, she is interested in picture book biographies focusing on marginalized or unsung heroes, and stories with diverse perspectives and characters. She looks for a strong narrative arc, distinct voice, engaging characters, and an emotional core. Generally, she is not a big fan of rhyming or didactic stories.

Courtney is always searching for stories that bring out magic in the ordinary.

  • books that celebrate imagination and creativity in all forms
  • humorous stories (dry and meta or fun and silly!)
  • picture book biographies focusing on marginalized or unsung heroes
  • new twists on folktales and tales with mythical/magical creatures
  • stories that explore family, especially sibling, dynamics
  • diverse perspectives and characters (#ownvoices preferred)

You can find her talking about books and overusing GIFs on Twitter @courtneybbooks.


In the subject line, please write “JULY 2018 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE” (Also indicate YA PB or NF in Subject line) Example: JULY 2018 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE – PB or NF or YA. Paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).

REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED!Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page.Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be passed over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: July 20th.
RESULTS: June 27th & 30th

Look for Interviews next week. 

Talk tomorrow,


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