Announcing The Winners of The 4th Of July Secret Mystery Contest!!!

Good Morning, Everyone!

Thank goodness it’s finally morning, right?

Because I know none of you got a wink of sleep last night wondering WHO would be the WINNER of the

The Fourth Of July Secret Mystery Writing Contest!

But now the day is finally here.

And I will tell you who won.

Just as soon as I find my glasses…

Ah.  Here they are.

Heavens!  I can’t see a thing!

Hang on while I wash the lenses.

You know, I used to have perfect vision.  But somewhere in the last couple years I have become very dependent on my glasses.  I think it’s all this computer time.  Or maybe my extreme old age…


I’m rambling?

I told you.  It’s my extreme old age 🙂

Okay.  I’ll stop 🙂

Are you ready to find out who won?

Before I announce the winners, I just want to thank everyone who participated in the contest one more time – the writers, the readers, the voters.  These contests are so much fun, and they couldn’t happen without each and every one of you.  So thank you all.

Now then.

Drum roll, please!


The winner of The Fourth Of July Secret Mystery Writing Contest is

with her story
Mouse’s Missing Magic!!!

Congratulations, Cheryl, on a fabulously written entry which has won you the opportunity to have the picture book manuscript of your choice critiqued by none other than the one and only Simone Kaplan!

2nd Place goes to Joanne for her story Mixed Messages!!!  Congratulations, Joanne!!  (Now aren’t you glad you entered? :))

As second place winner, Joanne gets first choice of the remaining prizes:

 – a $50 Amazon gift certificate – Joanne
 – a picture book manuscript critique from yours truly (a $75 value) Sidney
 – the writing craft book of your choice (up to $30 value)
 – a place in Making Picture Book Magic (my online PB writing course) (a $99 value)

3rd Place goes to Sidney for her story Birthday Presents For America!!  Congratulations, Sidney!!  You get second choice of the prizes above after Joanne picks.

4th Place goes to Tina for her story Fishing Boat For Freedom!!  Congratulations, Tina!!  You get to pick after Joanne and Sidney 🙂

5th Place goes to Cathy for her story Guessing Game!!  Congratulations, Cathy!!  You get to pick after Joanne, Sidney and Tina 🙂

Winners, please email me and we will get all those prizes sorted out 🙂

And once again, congratulations to all our contestants!  I have to say, you are all winners by virtue of the fact that you took the time to practice your craft, write new stories to specifications and a deadline, and put them out there for people to read.  You know that whole 10,000 hours to mastery thing?  You’re all a little bit closer 🙂

Thanks to everyone for making this another great contest.  I look forward to seeing you all in October for the 3rd Annual Halloweensie Contest!  (Unless I can’t restrain myself and add another contest somewhere in between…  I’m not sure there’s time, but feel free to weigh in on whether you’d like one and what it should be :))

Have a great weekend, everyone!!!

52 thoughts on “Announcing The Winners of The 4th Of July Secret Mystery Contest!!!

  1. Genevieve says:

    I'm happy there are so many prizes. The stories were so good, they deserved to be winners. Congratulations, everybody!

  2. Cathy Mealey says:

    Woo hoo! Congrats to everyone. Well done! Cheryl I know that you are going to LOVE working with Simone!

  3. Sidney Schuhmann Levesque says:

    I'm excited about placing in the contest! Thanks for the great prizes, Susanna, and thanks to everyone who voted. I'm wearing my red, white and blue today because once a year is not enough!

  4. Cheryl Secomb says:

    Wow, thank you so much! Congratulations to all the winners and to the wonderful writers who took part in the contest!

  5. Beth Stilborn says:

    Congratulations to all the winners!! I'm delighted that the person I voted for did very well as did the ones I wanted to vote for (it was really hard to choose). Thanks, Susanna, for another fun contest!

  6. pennyklostermann says:

    Congratulations to the all winners! What fabulous prizes! Your stories were all delightful and I can see why the voting was close. A special congrats to Cheryl for winning the grand prize!

  7. Teresa Robeson says:

    Congratulations to all the talented ladies and their wonderful stories!! (Don't worry, men; maybe one of you will win next time. 😉 )

    As always, what's the most fun about these winning announcements is reading your tomfoolery, Susanna! You always put a smile on my face!

  8. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    What tomfoolery? I seriously couldn't find my glasses… 🙂 And yeah, isn't that funny that all the winners were women? And we actually had 2 men in the finals this time (which I believe is a first!)

  9. Robyn Campbell says:

    MY CHERYL??????? My sweet pal??????? That lovely gal who we all adore??????????????????? YAHOOIIEEEEEE!!! WHOOP WHOOP. Congrads to Joanne, Sidney, Tina, and Cathy. You all write well. (Green with envy here) Thanks for all you do, pal. You are the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! That comes from my heart.

    Hahaha. Those glasses have a way of getting lost. I have to wear mine all the time. *frowny face* Hugs pal. MWAH!

  10. Vivian Kirkfield says:

    Congrats to all of the winners! Cheryl, Joanne, Sidney, Tina and Cathy…Whoo-hoo!!!! That was a lot of talent displayed in the 8 final stories.:) And thanks so much to you, Susanna…your holiday contests are a beautiful opportunity for all of us to stretch our creative writing muscles…and the prizes you award are AMAZING!!!!! We are all very appreciative of the time and effort that goes into setting all of this up…THANK YOU!

  11. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Aw shucks, Vivian. I'm happy to do it. I love running the contests – giving writers a chance to write something new, get it our there, practice their skills – and I really love reading what everyone comes up with. I am always impressed be everyone's creativity and talent. And I really have to thank all of you for writing, reading, voting – because that's what makes the contests a success 🙂

  12. This_Kid_Reviews_Books_Erik says:

    Congrats! All the entries were great! I am just catching up with reading them because we were camping. 🙂

  13. Pamela Courtney says:

    YeeeeeHawwww! Yaaaay, Cheryl won first prize! I am so proud and happy right now. My heartiest congratulations to EVERYONE! The competition is fierce around these parts! You all did so well. I am so happy about the prizes everyone will be receiving, Woohooo and Yeah! High Five to everyone!

  14. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    It was an amazing group of stories, wasn't it Pam? I am always so impressed by how well everyone rises to the challenge! Thanks for reading, and I hope one of these days we'll get an entry from you, because I know you can write, my friend, I've seen it 🙂


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