SCBWI WIP Awards, #50PreciousWords and More Cookies

You may have noticed that I tend to charge headlong into quite a few competitions, contests, challenges and the like, which means that things can sometimes become a tad overwhelming.

This evening I needed to take a break and do something completely different, so, as I’ve been craving cookies ever since I shared my Valentiny story, I raided the cupboard and switched on the oven…


An hour or so later I’m back at my computer with a cup of tea, two freshly baked peanut butter cookies (yumm!) and a clear-ish head.

So, there are two important events that I want to mention today:

The SCBWI Work-in-Progress Awards enable members of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) to submit a completed piece of their work in one of several categories (e.g. picture book, chapter book, etc.)

The winning entries will be presented to acquiring editors for their consideration. The application period runs from 1st to 31st March.

I applied last year in the picture book category and, while I didn’t win, it really motivated me to kick one of my first manuscripts into good shape and format it for submission – all good pratice for future submissions to agents and editors!

You can find out more about the awards here.

Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords 2019 Writing Contest is a fantastic opportunity to hone your writing skills and “make every word count” because – as the title implies – you’re limited to only 50 words! The contest is now open and you can submit a story until 11:59 pm on 6th March.

This will be the first time I take part in this contest because, although I remember seeing it advertised last year, I was still very new to the kidlit world and hadn’t yet caught the take-part-in-everything bug!

I also knew nothing about the organiser, Vivian Kirkfield, at the time, whereas I’ve since read many wonderful things about her and about how much she does to help other writers. You can read about her inspirational writing and publishing journey on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog here (you may remember Susanna as the organiser of the Valentiny contest!) Not only is Vivian’s first picture book being published this year, but so are her second and third – what an exciting year!

But anyway, I appear to have digressed… The rules for #50PreciousWords 2019 can be found here!


Have a great weekend! 🙂