An (Actual) Major Award

Okay, it's not the Newbery Medal, but I entered one of my picture book manuscripts into the SCBWI Midsouth Fiction Manuscript Contest for the most publishable manuscript, and I WON in the picture book category!!!

What did I win, you ask?

-The 2010 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market.

-A beautiful picture book biography The Secret World of Walter Anderson written by Hester Bass (who was so sweet and came up to me afterward to congratulate me and signed it for me).

-A basket full of candy that I gave away because I couldn't fit in my carryon for the plane ride home, but I did grab the pack of gum, and it came in handy on the first flight which was a little stinky.
-a detailed critique from the judging editor.

-AND...drum roll invitation to submit my manuscript

So said manuscript is getting polished up all squeaky clean with the judging editor's revision ideas (which were spot-on and resonated with me immediately).  And I'm trying to remain as calm and non-spasmodic as possible.  Which is impossible a challenge.

And the neat thing is that, even apart from the win, it was just such an amazing conference.  Everyone was so friendly and encouraging.  It was a bit mind-boggling to be surrounded by all these talented writers and illustrators who were happy to share their expertise and knowledge.  Final judgement: a wonderful weekend.

Also also...when I got home, Hubbykins had the house all clean and sparkly.  I heart my Hubbykins.


  1. That's awesome, Karen. Congrats!

  2. Go Karen! Go Karen!!!!

    and did you expect anything less of Bill????

  3. I'm so proud of you! How exciting! I'm glad it was a great conference.

  4. Oh, Karen, that is SO awesome!!!

    If you need another pair of eyes on it, I'd be happy to take a look for you.

  5. Corey, I would appreciate that so much! My crit group is awesome, but they probably feel like they've been staring at it as much as I have over the last few months. :)

  6. Oh wow. Congrats to you. I am so hoping it is positive news after you submit :)

  7. CONGRATULATIONS! Amazing news! Keep us posted once you submit!

  8. So proud! ;) And could really use that candy right now gosh darn it. Those limiting carry-ons.

  9. I'm so glad to find your blog! All of us writers need to learn how to revise, so please do share what you learn from this process. I look forward to seeing it in print.