How does it work?

Look through the dozens of amazing items our generous donors have made available: exclusive first-edition New York Times bestsellers, manuscript critiques from industry leaders, cut scenes and so much more.

There are two different types of auctions, so that everyone’s got a chance to get something awesome, no matter how much you can contribute. Some auctions are “lottery style.” You buy a chance to win a set of prizes. So, for example, a $10 donation enters you for a chance to win a query critique from the great pool of critiques listed here. See all “lottery style” auction items here.

The second type of auctions work like silent auctions. Bids are entered, and the highest dollar amount wins. That way, if you really have your heart set on a specific prize, you can work to be the highest bidder. And you can feel good about your bid, because it all goes to help kids suffering at the border.

The president signed an executive order ending separations. Isn’t the issue solved?

Short answer: no.

Longer answer: there are two separate and major problems remaining. The first is that over 2,300 children were separated from their parents under the order, and those children have not been reunited with their parents. Many were sent to facilities thousands of miles away, all over the U.S. As of this writing, no assistance has been given to parents of separated children on reuniting with their children. One government document seems to suggest parents are on their own in reuniting with their children, a herculean task for people in detention with no financial resources.

The second issue is that the original policy, the “zero tolerance” policy of charging all people who appear at the U.S. border with a criminal offense, is still in place. This crisis was caused when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy back in April, 2018. (click here to read about that). Until that announcement, most border crossings were treated as civil offenses (like traffic violations are). With the policy shift to prosecuting each border crossing criminally (the infraction is considered a misdemeanor), that put all migrants into criminal detention. Once they were placed in criminal detention, their children were removed from them as many children are when a parent is charged criminally (although it is rare for a misdemeanor charge to result in that).

The new order, signed June 20th, requiring that parents and children be kept together, is sure to face legal challenge. Because “zero tolerance” is still in effect, parents will be in criminal lock-up. There are several provisions protecting minors from being held in adult jails, and from being held longer than 20 days. So being held indefinitely with parents is not a long-term, viable alternative. In other words, these kids are still in limbo and still need our help.

What’s the effect of separating children from parents at the border?

The medical and mental health communities have been clear and forceful in their denouncement of the policy of separating kids from parents at the border.

The American Medical Association has called for an end to the practice. Read about that here.

The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics called the practice “child abuse.” Read about that here.

The American Psychological Association cited the issue as a “mental health crisis.” Read about that here.

The Director of the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University says, “Taking children away from their mothers is harmful to them,” and cites plenty of scientific evidence to back that up. If you’d like to read more, click here.

Hurray, I donated to a fundraiser. How do I enter to win the prizes?

First, thank you so much! You can enter raffles, or you can bid on auction.

Can I enter to win multiple raffles?

Yes!  As long as you’ve donated the requested amount (i.e. if you donated $100, you can enter any and all raffles up to $100).  You may enter as many raffles as you like.

If I already donated to Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages, can I enter?

If you’ve already donated, you can enter the raffles!  Just use proof of your earlier donation.

However, if you would like to bid on an auction item, you are committing to make a new donation.

Can I win multiple auctions?

You can win as many auctions as you like provided you make a separation donation for each winning auction bid.

How will I find out if I’ve won? Will I be notified if I don’t win anything?

The auction ends on Sunday, July 15th at midnight Eastern. We will begin drawing winners on July 15th and soon after will post a list of winners and also reach out to notify winners.  Unfortunately, we can only notify those who’ve won.

Can I request only specific raffle prizes?

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate specific requests.  However, you can bid on specific auction items.

Are you affiliated with Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages?

We are a side project (with their blessing!) aiming to boost even more support!  Margie Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz–and the kidlit community who are generously giving–are behind that wonderful fundraiser.


The Kid Lit community mobilized once we heard about the humanitarian crisis developing at our southern border. Because, hey, kids are kind of our thing.  Independent of the Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages fundraiser, young adult authors Maria E. Andreu and others began organizing their own auctions. When we found out what the other was doing, we figured we’d do much better together. So the proceeds of this auction will also go to “Kid Lit Says We’re United Until Every Family is Reunited,” so the kid-lit Community can speak with one voice. You’ll find dozens of awesome auction items, donated by authors, editors and agents. Besides just being great prizes to win, like query letter critiques from industry professionals, all proceeds go to an important cause. So everyone wins.

What else can I do to help and learn more?

Check out this resource from writer/activist Celeste Pewter.