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Of Contests and Such…

Back in October, I received the news that my picture book manuscript, CUPINE’S PERFECT DANCE PARTNER, had been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. There were over 5100 entries across several categories, and I was over-the-moon excited that my porcupine story had been selected! Today, they sent me a little swag as a reminder:

I post this today as an encouragement to each of you to keep on keeping on. You never know when that next submission is going to bring you some happy publishing news!

Happy New Year, and Happy Writing!


Sensibility- Persistence always pays off, even if it seems like it’s taking forever!

Sense- Find new places to submit your writing this month. Contests, magazines, newsletters and publishing journals provide important credits and the motivation you need to keep going!


What are some contests or places outside of publishing houses or agents where you’ve submitted your work? 

6 thoughts on “Of Contests and Such…”

  1. I loved reading an early version of this story. One day I’ll be holding the hardcover in my hands…yep, I’m sure that will happen.

  2. Congratulations! I entered “Winthrop Risk, Detective–The Mystery of the Missing Hamster” in the 25th Annual WD Self-Published Book Awards. Didn’t win or get a mention, but I got one heck of a review from the judge. I’ll take whatever recognition I can get! Congratulations again, and I hope this leads to many more exciting opportunities for you!

  3. Mucho congratulations! So wonderful for you, and so happy for you!

    On Jan 17, 2018 4:04 PM, “Sensibility and Sense” wrote:

    > Sensibility and Sense posted: “Back in October, I received the news that > my picture book manuscript, CUPINE’S PERFECT DANCE PARTNER, had been > awarded an Honorable Mention in the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing > Competition. There were over 5100 entries across several categories, and” >

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