Make sure you read to the end for the list of winners of another great contest from our rhyming expert, Lori Degman.
Just like last year, Mindy and I gave this much thought and fought for a good variety of stories and artwork. We kept an eye out for diversity, but also for unique concepts or interesting methods. We consult with the agents on what they are looking for and what might not be selling at the moment. We found entries that made us laugh and those that made us cry. You, the writers, are amazing!
There were way more fantastic entries than there are spots. We had so much trouble narrowing down the field. In fact, we were making the last picks just this morning.
And we did increase our "budget" of entries because we had so many agents and editors signed up this year. Plus everyone needs a dose of happy right now. So we will have 29 entries!
Before the reveal, I just want to remind everyone that contests are for fun and meeting other writers, building contacts. In no way are they a reflection on a story. There are only 29 picks out of 526 entries. Maybe people have entered contests and gotten no love, only to get an agent from the query slush--like me. For one thing, we are limited to the number of picks we can showcase, while an agent is not. So keep querying, keep writing those adorable picture and chapter books.
It's very tough. I know the disappointment. Hugs. Use it to keep going.
Please if your title is on the list, watch my blog early on Wednesday and check your entry for typos or formatting problems. Let me know as soon as possible what needs fixed either commenting here or @ me on twitter. All the writer showcase posts will be up before 8 am.
So here are the 29 picks for the Writer Showcase, listed in no particular order and color coded like a rainbow just for fun.
Little Robot's First Day
Into the Deep : The Mysteries of the Mariana Trench
Magnificent Mary: The Story of Olympic Boxer M. C. Mary Kom
Moon Bug, The Spotted Zebra
Luna's Green Pet
Cecy Speaks Spanish
A Pair of Plastic Bags
Iggy Crane: The Case of the Missing Bolt
Arabella's Space Webs: The True Story of a Space Spider
Ashe on the Outside
Say Goodbye Hairy Fly
Massimo: The Mighty Thundercloud
A Weed's Worth
Sergeant Diggs and the New Recruit
Arlette Best, Magical Pet Sitter
Diwali Away from Home
Let's Go Adventuring
The Loud Librarian
The Underwater Guide to Starting a Rock Band
Always Be Yourself
For finalists only, if you want your entry deleted after the agents/editors are done, please leave a comment below so I have a nice neat list of what to take down. If you want to leave your entry that is great too, as others can read next year and get an idea of what works. (All non-finalists will automatically be deleted from our files.)
But wait, there's more!
Here are the picks for the Illustration Showcase (artwork only), also listed in no particular order and color coded like a rainbow just for fun. These 12 will be posted before 8 am on Thursday.
Hilda the Aqua Chick
Hector the Inventor
A Different Kind of Nut
An Otter Failure
As Young Groundhogs Do
Let Me Out!
The Go Away Rain Dance
Deal with a Dragon
Belle and the Dancing Robot
(All of these will be removed a few days after the showcase ends.)
Congrats to the finalists!
I hope everyone will stick around #PBParty to cheer during the showcase, which lasts three days and starts tomorrow. Mindy and I are going to keep the party flowing with more daily questions each morning.
Lori's contest winners!
We’ve had so much fun reading your PBParty entries, chatting with you on Twitter…and seeing your hilarious and witty monster manner tips for the giveaway with our PBParty 2020 rhyming pro, Lori Degman. If you are a winner, please DM Lori on Twitter.
Here’s Lori with the winners:
Let me start by saying thanks to everyone who entered! These were all fun entries, which made it so hard to choose. Now, without further ado, here are the winners:
Best Monster Manner and winner of a critique – Heather Kinser @hethfeth
I chose Heather’s entry because it was clever, with fun rhymes and perfect meter! I liked the extra rhyming line at the end!
Monster dear, do not be rude, when camping in the park
and commandeering hikers’ food discreetly in the dark,
compose a friendly thank you card, explain “it was delicious!”
Before you go, it isn’t hard to wash the dirty dishes . . .
You wouldn’t want your victim to believe you were malicious.
Monster Manner Runner-up and winner of TRAVEL GUIDE FOR MONSTERS – Shira Zwiren @ShiraZwiren
I chose Shira’s entry because it was well-written rhyme and the surprise at the end was subtle and funny!
When coming inside, your feet may track mud,
Or garbage or leaves or animal crud,
But no matter what, if you catch my drift,
Don’t enter a home without bringing a gift!
Honorable mentions –
Brenda Whitehead @Brenda@_Prof
Monsters, take care not to stare, we can’t all have 3 eyes.
Or purple horns, or 16 arm, or feet of massive size.
Celebrating differences is both polite and fun!
So look your new friend in the eye, say hi, then play and run!
I chose Brenda’s entry because it was imaginative and a timely “be kind” message!
Elizabeth Pagel-Hogal, Author @ElizPagelHogan
Monsters should be seen . . . and heard.
K. Marcus found comp titles! @kmarcuswrites
Monsters please remember to pick up any fingers and toes that may have dropped on the floor while you were eating.
I chose Elizabeth and K. Marcus’ entries because they were both simple, yet funny!