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  • August 1st, 2006 | 6:44 AM
SmartWriters Contest - wow!

I decided at the nearly the very last minute to enter the SmartWriters contest and I'm glad that I did. I entered one of my favorite historical picture books, Mama's Wedding Dress, and it received an honorable mention. (judged by Fran Rusackas) and Roxyanne said it made her weep. (I think I am destined to make people cry with my work)

I also entered a few poems from my current verse novel Mad Tastes Like Broccoli and it won 2nd place (judged by Sonya Sones). Oh my goodness! I am thrilled beyond belief as I have been dancing around Mad Tastes Like Broccoli for months and this is a very much needed kick in the behind to move forward on it. And to have Sonya Sones whom I admire tremendously read my work (and I'm told she made some comments - yeah!) well, I am just tickled. 

Congratulations to the rest of the winners and especially to Laura Purdie Salas who WON the poetry category with her collection of poems on the 50 States. Laura and I are in a critique group together and I couldn't be more happy for her.

This sure helps make up for the ouch in the Kirkus review for Hugging the Rock though they did give me a nice last line quote, "a poignant tale of father-daughter love and friendship."

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susanwrites
August 1st, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you and no, not many at all. Sigh. But that's okay. The next one, the writing one, will do better I think.

And I got your lovely note that I have started to reply to several times but wanted to give it the time it deserved so it will likely be later tonight.
cawriter
August 1st, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Susan! That is fabulous news.
amanda_marrone
August 1st, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful news!!! Congrats!
naturespeak
August 1st, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
YAY You! Congrats!
kmarcus
August 1st, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
I'm SO excited for you Susan!!!!!! LBH, Sonya Sones... soon ALL the big-name poets will know your name too (those that don't already)! Congratulations, my friend {{}}.
xo
robinbridges
August 1st, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Susan! I love your picture!
thunderchikin
August 1st, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A double threat!
faerie_writer
August 1st, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
Whee! That is so cool! Congratulations!!! :D
tamra_wight
August 1st, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yea! Congratulations! I was so pleased to see your name amoungst the winners . . .
jkcarter
August 1st, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Susan! You rock!
janni
August 1st, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
Hey, Hugging the Rock is already in at my local indie, even though it's not due out for another month according to their database. I'm going to pick it up later this week!
lisa_schroeder
August 1st, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, Susan, you must be thrilled! Congratulations times two!!!
slatts
August 1st, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
congrats on your win!


well, i didn't get it together to enter your Hugging The Rock contest but I wanted to tell you the pdf we could download to "get inspired" is AWESOME!!! I love the simplicity of how that book is written...it's like a poem in format and the visual (for this visual person) is crystal clear....AWESOME!
kidlit_kim
August 1st, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
Congratulations! I can't wait to see that new verse novel! Get cracking! :-)
terriclark
August 1st, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! Congrats. :)
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