Look at us!
Hanging out together on a Tuesday! 🙂
Now, normally I’d go through some kind of song and dance about why you’re here, since Tuesday isn’t a regular posting day in these parts, and I’d pretend I had no idea what was up.
But it’s Holiday time, and all of us are busy, and I am seriously SUPER-busy, so I won’t waste any of your valuable time with silly runarounds.
Today, it’s right to the point!
And the point is. . .
. . .is. . .
. . .what was the point?
I’ve forgotten the point!
But knowing me, it probably had something to do with chocolate. . .
That’s chocolate and it has points. . . looks like about 14 points 🙂
Yep. That was probably it.
So, enjoy some solid dark chocolate moose wherever you are (or, if solid dark chocolate isn’t your thing, a decadent chocolate mousse will do just as well) and have a lovely day!
Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy your Tuesday!
Only 5 more shopping days til Christmas, so go on! Skedaddle!
Uh. . .
. . .why are you still here?
There’s shopping and baking and wrapping and freaking out because your mother-in-law showed up two days early and you’re out of eggnog to be getting on with!
You wanted to know about what?
Gosh! I can tell you a thing or two about Twizzlers!
You want WINNERS???
You twisted my arm 🙂
Without further ado, the WINNERS of the
7th Annual Holiday Contest
are . . .
A little ado.
Just a teensy bit because I have just a couple quick things to say first 🙂 But the winners are coming very soon, I promise!
As always, I was thrilled to see so many wonderful stories! Really! It is amazing and inspiring, not to mention VERY entertaining! There is just so much talent out there amongst you all!
But with large entry numbers, all of high quality, come hard choices. My assistant judges and I worked hard to winnow the total down to a manageable number of finalists that we felt were truly all-around deserving of that distinction, and those were the ones we presented to you on Friday for your vote.
There were, however, many other entries that were outstanding in certain areas even though they might not have qualified all-around for one reason or another, or that the judges couldn’t reach a consensus on.
So my assistant judges and I would like to award recognition and a small prize to the following authors for the following merits:
1. For Honorable Mention In The Competition As A Whole: (entries we truly wrestled with not including in the finalists!)
Matthew Lasley for Midnight Delivery (an entry we loved for the writing and kid-friendliness)
Jonathan Merkel for mom and i on Christmas (a lump-in-your-throat bittersweet story)
Carolyn Leiloglou for Old MacDonald Had A Farm. Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! (well-written and fun!)
Delfina “Sugarplum” Salimbene 🙂 for Sparkle McSprinkle’s Surprise (lively and fun, great rhyme and meter!)
Ryan Roberts for Not Even A Mouse (a fun twist on the original with a great last line!)
Jennifer Prevost for Ginger’s Gift (a sweet story with an original POV – a Christmas tree ornament!)
Susan Schade for Favorite Day (an original story personifying the days of the week!)
2. For Great Kid Appeal: (not already mentioned in the finals or other categories)
Eleanor Peterson for A Surprise For Ava
Michelle de Freitas for Penelope Violet’s Christmas Surprise
Rose Cappelli for Christmas Chaos
Deborah Boerema for Christmas Eve DRAMA
3. For Excellence In Evoking Mood And Holiday Spirit And Tradition:
Elaine D’Alessandro for Here Comes… (we felt like we were there in that kitchen 🙂 )
4. For Beautiful Rendition Of The Christmas Story:
Janie Reinart for Channah’s Star
5. For Lovely Depiction Of Treasured Family Tradition:
Kathy Halsey for Roger The Christmas Squirrel
6. For Favorite Character: (enjoying the continuing adventures 🙂 )
Lucretia Schafroth for Marvin The Chipmunk (The Animated Elf – Marvin Strikes Again!)
Christine Evans for Lulu and Betty (Lulu And Betty’s Christmas Surprise)
Candice Conner for Bean and Jilly (Bean And Jilly And The Holiday Surprise Visitor)
7. For More Appealing For Grown-ups But Well-Written And Enjoyable!
(These entries were terrific but either focused on the relationship between Santa and Mrs. C or had humor that we considered funnier for adults than kids)
Judy Sobanski for The Very Last Gift
Laura Bower for A New Day For Mrs. Claus
Congratulations to all of you for fantastic elements of your stories! You may all email me at susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com to collect your prize, which is your choice of one of the following: (the titles are all links so you can go see what they’re about) (and if you request a paperback, please include your snail mail address!) Lauri and Kaye, who were finalists with terrific stories but placed out of the top 10, please feel free to choose a prize from the list below if there’s something there you’d like!
Picture Books: The Write Way by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard, OR
Rhyming Picture Books: The Write Way by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard, OR
How To Query An Agent Or Editor: A Children’s Writer’s Insider Guide From Mentors For Rent by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard, OR
Getting Published: How To Access Editors: A Children’s Writer’s Insider Guide From Mentors For Rent by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard, OR
The Easy Way To Write Picture Books That Sell by Robyn Parnell OR
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi , OR
The Postitive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Attributes by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, OR
The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Flaws by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, OR
The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To City Spaces by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, OR
The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Personal And Natural Places by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, OR
The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus by Sam Stone, OR
Creating Extraordinary Characters by Angela Hunt, OR
Evoking Emotion by Angela Hunt, OR
Picture Books: The Write Way by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard, OR
Rhyming Picture Books: The Write Way by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard
…the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
The announcement of the WINNERS OF THE 2015 HOLIDAY CONTEST as voted on by you!!!
In First Place…
Winner of the whole shebang…
who gets first choice of all the prizes…
Waiting For The Winter Gift!!!
Congratulations, Elizabeth, on a beautifully written entry that had a nice element of suspense and a sweet ending and was clearly very popular!!! 🙂
In Second Place
The Just Desserts
Congratulations, Jennifer, on an entry we loved for your MC’s sneaky plan… and how it backfired 🙂 You get to pick your prize after Elizabeth.
In Third Place
Santa’s Delivery Dilemma
Congratulations, Lucretia, on a delightfully fun, kid-friendly entry! How can you not love pink unicorns? 🙂 Apparently you’re on a roll! 3rd in the Halloweensie Contest and now 3rd in the Holiday Contest!!! You get to pick your prize after Elizabeth and Jennifer.
In Fourth Place…
Congratulations, Mishka, on a poignant entry with a nice feeling of history and family! You get to pick your prize after Elizabeth, Jennifer, and Lucretia!
In Fifth Place…
Vegan Cut-Out Cookies
Congratulations, Megan, on an entry that had something for both our allergy-conscious young readers and our dinosaur-lovers! Who knew Santa was a stegosaurus? 🙂 You get to pick after Elizabeth, Jennifer, Lucretia, and Mishka!
In Sixth Place…
Lizard In A Blizzard
Congratulations, K! We loved your clever and creative take on Christmas ornaments! I’m sure you get the idea of how the prize picking goes by now 🙂
In Seventh Place…
Racing The Sun
Congratulations, Jen! You managed an ending that was a REAL surprise! 🙂 You get to pick next 🙂
In Eighth Place…
Rigby and Tuttle: The Pinecone
Congratulations, Heather! Adored your funny ending 🙂 You get to pick after Jen 🙂
In Ninth Place
Family Is Home And Home Is Wherever It May Land
Congratulations, Mona, on your sweet, fun entry! You get to pick after Heather 🙂
In Tenth Place
Congratulations, Rebekah! We so enjoyed your taste of Christmas in other countries! You get to pick after Mona!
All the winners should email me at susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com with the subject heading Prize Winner so we can work out details for you to receive your prizes! (The sooner the better!) And for your convenience, the whole prize list is included at the bottom of this post.
Congratulations again to all our winners – it was a stiff competition!! – and congratulations to EVERYONE who wrote and entered a story in the contest. You all deserve a huge round of applause and a Holiday Treat (gingerbread chocolate truffle anyone?… not that I’m trying to get rid of them or anything… 🙂 )
Thank you to everyone who helped make this contest SO MUCH FUN, whether by writing an entry, reading people’s stories, leaving comments for the authors, and/or voting in the finals. It’s because of all of you that this contest was such a success, so many, many thanks from the bottom of my heart!
As I… hmm… maybe didn’t mention…?, I’m taking a little blogging break so I can spend time with my family – I’ve got children to fetch, cookies to bake, Christmas presents to shop for and wrap, and my sister and her family are arriving from Georgia today! 🙂 And, I’ve been so busy I haven’t put up my holiday decorations or gotten a tree yet, can you believe it?! So I will see you all in a couple weeks – most probably the first week of January 🙂
So now, I want to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday filled with love, laughter, joy, and family, and a happy, healthy and successful new year! It is a pleasure and a privilege to get to spend time with you all, and I’m happy and grateful to know each and every one of you!
Looking forward to all the things we’ll do in 2018!
Happy Holidays, and all best wishes for a wonderful New Year!!!
– a spot in Renee LaTulippe’s fantastic INTENSIVE RHYME AND METER SELF-STUDY COURSE!!!
– a Picture Book Manuscript Critique from the FABULOUS Vivian Kirkfield, author of the forth coming Sweet Dreams, Sarah and experienced and much-loved critiquer!
– a Picture Book Manuscript Critique from the amazing Lori Degman (NORBERT’S BIG DREAM – Sleeping Bear Press 2016, COCK-A-DOODLE OOPS! – Creston Books 2014, 1 ZANY ZOO – Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers 2010) – a terrific choice for any rhymers out there!
– a Picture Book Manuscript Critique from the wonderful Amy Dixon (MAURICE THE UNBEASTLY – Sterling Children’s Books 2017, SOPHIE’S ANIMAL PARADE – Sky Pony Press 2015, MARATHON MOUSE – Sky Pony Press 2012)
– Enrollment in Making Picture Book Magic (my online picture book writing class – in January or a later month to be mutually agreed upon by the winner and me)
– 2018 Children’s Writer’s And Illustrator’s Market and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. (2 available)
– a bundle of (mostly) winter picture books!
We Wish For A Monster Christmas by Sue Fliess
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
Ten On The Sled by Kim Norman
Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan
The Gingerbread Man Loose At Christmas by Laura Murray
– a pack of Susanna Leonard Hill’s amazing What’s The Story Cards (scroll about 1/2 way down the page…
I can’t thank these authors and other industry professionals enough for their incredible generosity! Please visit their sites, buy and recommend their books and services to your writer friends and/or friends with kids, write them nice reviews on Amazon, GoodReads etc if you’ve read and liked their books, and show your appreciation to them in any way you can!