Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sweetheart Of A Deal Picture Book Writing Contest RESULTS!

(Artwork by S.P. McConnell)

Can you believe it? I am about to announce the results...

Your response to Literary Agent Terrie Wolf's and my contest has been amazing.  Thanks for all the support on Twitter and Facebook.

If you weren't able to enter or entered your manuscript in the wrong category, don't fret...You'll be able to submit through the regular submission route when it is reopened. We appreciated the people who withdrew their manuscripts once they realized they had submitted the wrong category.

The competition was tough.  I mean really tough. A lot of you have really studied the craft of picture book writing and it shows. There are more reasons than you would think as to why a manuscript is not chosen by an agent. I plan on writing a series called WEARING AN AGENT'S HAT following the April contest. I will discuss what makes a manuscript demand attention (based on what I have learned from Terrie).

We decided because the competition was so tough and it is February, the month of love, and we love picture book writers, we would add one extra fiction and one extra non-fiction writer to the winners groups. We also decided to announce a group of runners up. This group of writers were so close and we wanted to recognize them too.

So, here we go...

Drum roll..........

In the Fiction Category, in no particular order the SIX winners are:

  • FLEAS  by Angela Turner
  • HOW BAREBONES SKELETON GOT HIS CLACK BACK   by Robin Campbell
  • VULTURE AND HUMMINGBIRD   by Shannon Anderson
  • OLIVER ESCAPES ON CHRISTMAS EVE   by Manju Howard
  • ROCK AND ROLL PRINCESS   by Kelly Polark
  • SAM AND SALLIE  by Rhonda Roberts

In the Non-fiction Category, in no particular order the SIX winners are:

  • PAUL'S LEFTY GUITAR   by Donna Cangelosi
  • HANDS ARE HIGH FIVERS   by Jill Proctor
  • HOMER PLESSY'S TRAIN RIDE INTO HISTORY   by Raj Pillai
  • PLING, PLANG, CLINK! A JOURNEY THROUGH THE U.S. MINT  by Sharifa Grant
  • THE RAIN OF FISH   by Valarie Giogas
  • CLEVER HANS   by Beth Anderson

The runners up, in particular order:

  • ELVIRA THE SPOKESPIDER: BASED ON A TRUE STORY   by Laurel Neme
  • MARTIN'S PERFECT WEB   by Beth Halleran
  • PINKY, FLOP-EARED JACK AND THE PINK CADILLAC   by Kathy Halsey
  • SILLY TILLY by Steve Moran
  • THE CRECIMIENTO TREE  by Tracey M. Cox
  • KATHRINE SWITZER: BOSTON MARATHON'S FIRST OFFICIAL FEMALE RUNNER   by Melanie Moschella
  • PIA AND THE PRIVATE PUMPKIN PATCH   by Natalie Hooker
  • GEORGIA ADAMS IS ADDICTED TO HOLIDAYS: CHINESE NEW YEAR   by Kristen Schroeder
  • AYOKA AND THE LEOPARD   by Rita Borg
  • EARLY MORNING ELEPHANT   by Gabrielle Davis
  • KALEIDOSCOPE EYES   by Christie Wild
  • MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE FLAMINGOS   by Elle Kwan
  • RHINETTA'S GYMNASTICS TROUBLE   by Amber Hamilton
  • GRANNY AND GAL ON SUNDAYS    by Amy Benedetti
  • MOOGA   by Cathy Ballou Mealey



Terrie at AKA Literary Management, LLC has been so gracious with her time. I'm sure you appreciated this opportunity to pass the slush pile and be read so quickly.  I'm grateful to Terrie for all she has taught me in this month.

We will contact the winners about their prizes. If you would like to resubmit your manuscript after the contests on my blog are finished, please feel free to do so.  If you would like some feedback on your story, you may contact either of us after the Young Adult contest is completed.

Terrie and I worked so well together. I can't wait until we start out next contest in March! I've learned so much about picture books this month. I'm expecting to learn just as much about middle grade novels next month! (No pressure, Terrie!)

Stay tuned for information on the Mid-Grade Madness Contest in March!

35 comments:

Christine M. Irvin said...

Congrats! to all the winners!! And, thanks to Terrie for sponsoring such a "Sweet" contest!

Unknown said...

Congrats to all the winners!!

Tracey M. Cox said...

Congrats to all the winners!!!
VERY excited... I got a runner-up place. WOOOOHOOOO! SMILING BIG!

Cathy Ballou Mealey said...

Thank you Sharon and Terrie.

Congratulations everyone!

Julie Hedlund said...

Many congratulations to all the winners! So proud to see so many of my 12 x 12 brethren on the list. Keep up the good work guys!

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Congrats and looks like lots of fun titles.

Robyn Campbell said...

First, thank you to my pal, Sharon Mayhew (affectionately known as Mayhew). Love you. xoxo

Terrie thanks for all the time that you committed to the Sweetheart contests. You rock, Terrie. (You too, Mayhew.)

I'm gonna celebrate with Barebones. :-)

Congrads to everyone who entered.

Robyn Campbell said...
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Jill Proctor said...

Congratulations to all the winners! I am SO excited to be one of them. Thanks to Sharon and Terrie!!

Kelly Polark said...

Holy wow! Thank you so much, ladies!!! I'm THRILLED to see my name and manuscript there!!!!! Thank you for all of your time and hard work!

Denise Bruce said...

Congratulations to all the winners!!

Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations, Robyn and Kelly! I know you too. So wonderful! I hope this leads to even bigger and better opportunities. I KNOW it will. CHEERS to you both!

Sharon and Terrie, I know from Twitter and Facebook how much thought went into your entries. It seemed like you two also had a blast doing it. What a wonderful opportunity for writers.

Karen Bynum said...

Congrats to all the winners! So exciting!!

SA Larsenッ said...

YAY! What you and Terrie have be doing is awesome!

Steve Swinburne said...

This is fantastic...way to go Sharon and Terrie!

Connie Arnold said...

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up. Interesting titles!

Melanie Moschella said...

Congrats to all the winners! Thank you, Terrie and Sharon for all your work!

Garden Girl said...

Hip, hip, hooray for all of the winners! Such a sweet contest.

Garden Girl said...

Hip, hip, hooray for all of the winners.! Such a sweet contest.

mona said...

So excited to see that two of my friends are on the winner and runner-up list. Congratulations to all and to you Val and Tracey!

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss Sharon (aka my blom) and miss terrie! what a cool contest. i know you guys put lots of careful reading time into all the mss. for sure not easy to choose. and... yippee some of my blogger friends are the winners! BIG CONGRATS! tossing confetti all over the place.

...hugs from lenny

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to everyone! I know some of you and am so excited for you.

Thanks to Sharon and Terrie for running the contest.

Unknown said...

I am jumping up and down! Yay! Thank you so much!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

If Unknown could tell us who they are, that would be wonderful! Congratulations to everyone who entered, to all the runners up, and to the big winners. :)

Jackee said...

So cool and what a great bunch of titles! I'm glad you had such a good time and yay for the winners! Congrats, all!

erica and christy said...

Woot! Congrats to everyone! Christy

viviankirkfield.com said...

So many familiar names! Congratulations to all the winners...and participants. Didn't get my act in gear...next time...promise.:)

Rob & Kristen said...

Thank you for a great experience! Pretty excited to be on the runners up list :) Congrats to the winners.

Rhonda Roberts said...

Thank you so much for all the time and effort you both put into this contest! The opportunity to participate was awesome, and to be named as a winner is just incredible! Thanks again, Terrie and Sharon, for all you do for us!

Crystal Collier said...

Robyn!!! !!!! !!!! Yay! Congrats, my epic friend.

Unknown said...

So many of these titles sound like they'd be so much fun to read. Thanks for the opportunity Sharon and Terrie - exciting times!

Tracy Campbell said...

Congratulations to all. You're all winners. Yay! Robyn!

nutschell said...

Ooh! A great contest and congrats to all the winners!!

BTW, I nominated you for an award on my blog. :D hugs!

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Amber Hamilton said...

An idea: How about a PB-writing course for those in your list of winners/runners up (after the YA dust clears, of course)? I would LOVE a few weeks to submit to Terrie with direct feedback, and the opportunity to get her exactly what she wants. The experience would be HIGHLY appreciated. (As an example, others running similar courses are agents Mira R. and Jill C.)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sharon / Mayhew / BlogMom .. not sure how you'd like to be known?!

What a great contest .. and sounds as though the entries were well worth reading ... so pleased for Robyn .. and that BareBones got his clack back!

Congratulations Sharon and Terrie - looks like that was such a worthwhile selection ..