All right, I have to take this chance to recommend to all aspiring writers out there, if you’re in the south, the Southeastern Writers Workshop is an ideal place to start. That’s where I began my journey, and it has given me the boosts I need. I didn’t understand why I needed to go to conferences, honestly, and I got much more than I bargained for.
On my record now are:
The SWA Juvenile Writing Award – 2nd place and $30
The Smith Moseley Poetry Award – 2nd place and $30
The M.L. Brown Award for YA Lit – 3rd place and $10 (2008) & 1st place and $50 (2009)!
So those cash prizes aren’t extravagant, but the thing is those awards are perfect credentials for a query letter. If you want to be published, people, build them up!
The conference also gave me the chance to meet with Mollie Glick from Foundry Literary + Media and agents from Sullivan Literary Agency there on St. Simon’s Island.
I’m going to be posting every day for the rest of the summer and quite often after that. Hold me to it, please! I don’t mind nagging. =)