I'm so looking forward to Go Teen Writers' contests resuming! The first contest of the year will open Monday, January 9th. There are two changes to the contests this year that I'm going to mention today, and then full contest rules will be posted on Monday. After much discussion on the Go Teen Writers Facebook page, the contest age limit is now going to be 21. Also, last year each round had 3 judges and this year there will only be 2 judges per round.
On to news from our community! Soooo much to celebrate this week:
Betsy St. Amant, who frequently judges contests and contributes here on Go Teen Writers, has a new book out! Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK hit shelves January 1st. Congratulations, Betsy! Can't wait for my copy to arrive. Betsy will be giving away a copy of Addison Blakely next week on Go Teen Writers so stay tuned!
Becki Badger: I finished the first draft for my book "UNDERESTIMATED!"
We know how good it feels to type THE END - congratulations!
Rachelle Rea: I typed The End to the WIP that was inspired by one of the GTW writing prompts and a character who simply would not let me go! Final word count is about 55K. That is a little on the small side for me, but I am in love with this story...plus, this was my first attempt at only one POV -- and that in first-person!
That's awesome, Rachelle. Risks like that can pay off big time!
Katie McCurdy: I have published a novelette on Kindle! The book, A Time to Love, is a historical fiction set in the years after the War Between the States.
Wow, Katie! Good for you. Sounds like a great read, and the price is great!
Jordan Newhouse teaches creative writing to a class of homeschoolers. Some of her students publish their work here: http://itsaboutstory.wordpress.com They would love to get comments from fellow young-writers!
What a need idea, Jordan! I bet you're an excellent teacher.
Madison Taylor: I finished the first draft of my novel yesterday!! I am soooo excited! Time to edit. :)
That's the best part, Madison! Congratulations!
Ophelia Marie Flowers: Recently I published my first book with CreateSpace. It is called, Sixteen, So In Love With You , and it contains over seventy of my best poems, each matched with a Bible reference.
Wow, I'm so impressed that you have such a large collection of poetry at such a young age. What an accomplishment, Ophelia.
Alright, I think I've used up my daily quota of exclamation marks, so it's time to wrap this up. Happy Thursday, guys! (Had one more in me, apparently...)