I failed to get my butt in gear and enter the SmartWriters' Write It Now! Competition, but I am so excited today to cheer for the WINners. An amazing group of writers.
You can find all of the winners at the SmartWriters Web site, but I wanted to give a special shout out to the three folks I know (or feel like I know, anyway). I'm so thrilled for you, ladies!
Lindsay Eland, who took first place in the middle-grade category for her AMAZING manuscript, "You Gotta Be Kidding Me." The judge raved: "Funny, great voice, character very interesting, starts with a well orchestrated bang. YAY!" Couldn't agree more. That story is fantastic, and I can't wait to hold it in my hands one day as a real, honest-to-goodness book! Double YAY!
Mindy Alyse Weiss, who received an honorable mention for "In My Heart," also a middle-grade manuscript. The judge wrote: "Really a stunning opening scene. Huge emotional possibilities in the plot." Congratulations, Mindy!
Gail Maki Wilson, who received an honorable mention for her picture book manuscript, "Ants Can't Dance." Said the judge: "Fun story. Excellent rhyming." Wow, praise and recognition for a rhyming picture book! Not too shabby, Gail!
Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who entered. You put your work out there to be judged, and that can be a tough thing to do!