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Monday, May 21, 2012

Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship

Something very cool has happened.  I have won the inaugural 2012 Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship, awarded by the Kansas chapter of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Clare Vanderpool is a Kansas author who won the Newbery Medal last year for her novel, Moon Over Manifest.  The Kansas SCBWI has established this award in her honor.

I get to go to the Kansas SCBWI conference this fall for free, and also get a manuscript critique and consultation with an editor or agent.  I won the scholarship for my unpublished middle-grade novel, The Court Wizard.

I am very grateful for this award and this opportunity, and kind of nervous because I want to use the opportunity well.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Timeless Details

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I have a short story accepted for publication in Timeless, a historical fantasy romance e-anthology for young adults.  It will be out this June (yay!) as an e-book for all e-book formats.  It’s being published by Pugalicious Press, a great new small publisher.  Here is the list of authors and their stories!

“The Storyteller’s Daughter” by Gayle C. Krause

“And The Nightingale Sang” by Kip Wilson

“A Light Of Victory” by Jennifer Carson

“The Angel of the Bastille” by J.R. Sparlin  (That’s me!)

“Stella’s Hero” by Kristine Carlson Asselin & Ansha Kotyk

“In this Moment” by D.E. Atwood

“It Lies Beneath” by Magda Knight

If I were more clever with computers and things, I would include the beautiful cover art.  However, here’s the link if you’d like to see it: