Thank you everyone for entering our giveaway this month. Your enthusiasm was amazing! We wish we could give a critique to each of you!
In fact we were so blown away by your energy, we ended up giving away three bonus prizes! Whether or not you won a critique today, stay tuned at the end of this post for a self-critique checklist.
Now without further ado, here are the winners:
1.) Jefna Cohen wins a fiction/prose critique with Brenda Maier
2.) Valeria Wicker wins a picture book dummy critique with Melanie Linden Chan
3.) Elizabeth Curry wins a fiction/prose critique with Margaret Greanias
4.) Rita Russell wins a rhyming fiction or nonfiction biography critique with Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
5.) Deborah Belle wins a fiction/prose critique with Melissa Stoller
6.) Dee English wins a fiction/prose critique with Jessie Oliveros
7.) Beth Elliott wins a critique (no type specified) with Tina Cho
8.) Jen Jasinksi wins a fiction/prose critique with Aidan Cassie
9.) Kay Baillie wins a nonfiction biography in prose critique with Beth Anderson
10.) Kristin Donohue wins a critique (no type specified) with Viviane Elbee
11.) Stephanie Ward wins a prose or rhyming critique with Chris Mihaly
12.) Tina Kirchner wins a fiction/prose critique with Shanda McCloskey
13.) Jen Bagan wins a critique (no type specified) with Kate Narita
14.) Jen Garrett wins a fiction/prose critique with Cate Berry
15.) Katie Engen wins a fiction with facts/prose critique with Traci Sorell
16.) Teresa Traver wins a fiction/prose critique with Kerri Kokias
17.) Jess Carroll wins a critique (no type specified) with Hannah Holt
18.) Amanda Davis wins a nonfiction/prose critique with Andi Diehn
19.) Tracy Nordquist Babler wins a critique (no type specified) with Monica Clark-Robinson
20.) Ronna Mandel wins a critique (no type specified) with Patricia Valdez
21.) Jena Benton wins a critique (no type specified) with Vivian Kirkfield
22.) Chambrae Griffeth wins a writing journal!
23.) Angela Dahle wins a writing journal!
Winners will be contacted by email by their critique match this week, so be on the lookout. Remember all the critiques are for picture books in English with fewer than 1,000 words. All prizes must be claimed by the end of 2018.
Now here’s a quick self-critique checklist for picture book beginnings:
Highlight the first three sentences of your story.
Now, highlight the first 150 words of your story. In the first 150 words do you establish:
If not you might have some extra information, you don’t really need or your stakes might need further refining. Picture books are short and getting shorter. It’s important to keep the story focused.
That’s all for now. We’ll have more opportunities, giveaways, and contests as the year advances, and we will be contacting the winners of this month’s giveaway shortly.
Happy writing trails everyone!