Reprinted with permission from the SCBWI-Southern Breeze Newsletter, Winter 2015
Recently I posted about being nominated for the 2014 Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work at the SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles. It was my complete honor to have that experience, and I still can’t believe it. I didn’t win but I feel so encouraged as a writer to keep my head down and keep writing!
This can be a lonely, frustrating business, and it takes more perseverance and patience than most folks can muster on their own. A reward like this nomination was a tremendous boost to my spirit, and helps me to keep going.
But now, huge congratulations to the winner: LINDA KAO for THE TREASURE OF THE FOGGY ISLES!
Big props to the runners up, as well: Lori Snyder for THE HEART AT THE END OF THE WORLD and Natalie Hyde for GOLD RUSH!
Thanks again to the Sue Alexander Award Committee for the time and effort you put into this process. Thank you, SCBWI, for providing so many different ways for writers to grow and learn and be recognized along this journey.
Y’all, my middle grade manuscript has been nominated for the 2014 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award! The award is given annually to the manuscript deemed most promising for publication from among manuscripts submitted for individual critique at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Annual Conference in Los Angeles.
I feel very honored to be nominated for an award named after a woman who personified the spirit of the organization to which I owe much gratitude in my journey so far as a writer.
From the SCBWI website: “Sue Alexander was the first member to join SCBWI and was vitally involved with the organization from its inception to her death in 2008. Her responsibilities for SCBWI included, among others, serving as Chairperson of the Board of Advisors (33 years), managing the office (20 years), coordinating — with Lin Oliver — the August conference in California (25 years), and coordinating the Golden Kite Awards (25 years). She was the author of more than twenty-five books for young people, including World Famous Muriel; Small Plays for Special Days; Witch, Goblin and Sometimes Ghost; Sara’s City and award winners Lila on the Landing; Nadia the Willful; and Behold the Trees. In addition to her books, she wrote stories for magazines and for the Los Angeles Times “Kids’ Reading Room” several times a year. Sue passed away suddenly on July 3 at her home in West Hills, California. She was 74.”
I’m so grateful to my supportive, understanding family and friends, to the SCBWI family of writers, illustrators and industry professionals who teach us at the regional and national conferences, and to my Smith classmate Emma Dryden of DRYDENBKS who gave me a loving, yet hearty, shove in the right direction when I felt so far afield.
Sometimes, when you take yourself seriously, and you are really, really lucky, good things can happen. I’m so very excited to have been selected for a Creative Residency this Fall at the beautiful Hambidge Center! Situated on 600 acres in the North Georgia mountains, it’s one of the first artist communities in the United States. I look forward to writing with a view of the forest, streams, meadows, waterfalls and hopefully rare salamanders!