Something very cool has happened. I have won the inaugural 2012 Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship, awarded by the
chapter of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Kansas
Clare Vanderpool is a
author who won the Newbery Medal last year for her novel, Moon Over Manifest. The Kansas SCBWI has established this award in her honor. Kansas
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 I won the scholarship for my unpublished middle-grade novel, The Court Wizard.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.