Thursday, December 22, 2011

News Day and Prizes Announced!

Our next news day will be Thursday, January 5th. If you have news to share - finishing a first draft, joining a critique group, placing in a contest - we'd love to celebrate with you! Email your news to me at Stephanie(at) and put "News Day" as the subject.

Today we're celebrating with:

Becki Badger: After a year and several hundred thousand words (okay, I might be exaggerating . . . slightly), I have the first (real) draft of the first book in the trilogy I have planned!  YAY!

Yay indeed! Way to stick with it.

Jessica Staricka: I'll be getting my first contributor's copy of a magazine in the mail, along with a check, in the next few days! My story was accepted for publication by Starsongs Magazine!

Yay, Jessica! Congratulations!

Katie McCurdy: A few months ago I found out that my WIP, The Princess' Assassin, won second place in the TARA writing contests Romantic Suspense category.

Yay, Katie! You can read more details about Katie's award at her blog.

Prizes Announced

Those who placed in the 2011 Go Teen Writers contests were automatically entered to win a prize from fab authors like Christa Allan, Melanie Dickerson, and Shellie Neumeier. The winners and their prizes are listed below. (If your name is listed and we haven't talked yet - send me an email!)

Contests will begin again in January - so stay tuned!

From Christy Award winning author Jill Williamson, a copy of her not-quite-released novel Replication: The Jason Experiment.

Martyr---otherwise known as Jason 3:3---is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to 'expire' in less than a month. To see the sky. Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars. As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures---the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.

And the winner of Replication: The Jason Experiment is Kait Culbertson!

Jill Williamson also generously offered a 5 page critique. And the winner of that is Jenna Blake Morris!

The next prize is Melanie Dickerson's, The Merchant's Daughter which I just finished reading. Excellent book. 

Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff—a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.

Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger.

Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.

The winner of The Merchant's Daughter is Sarah Luckadoo!

(If you're not Sarah, but you'd still like to read The Merchant's Daughter the ebook is being offered for $1.99 for a limited time!)

The next prize is a copy of Driven by Shellie Neumeier. (A great read!)

Robyn can’t help but notice the handsome new guy at her school. She ignores, however, the arrival of another being at Brookfield Central High School—a demon assigned to destroy her…

Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.

Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast, because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop her—no matter the cost.

And the winner of Driven is Adria Olson!

Also from Shellie Neumeier is a 5 page critique. The winner is Sarah Zakowski!

The next prize is Love Finds You in New Orleans by Christa Allan - a total rockstar of a lady who judged a ton this year.

Raised by her grandparents in 19th-century New Orleans, Charlotte knows little about her long-lost parents. Now facing an arranged marriage to a suitor she dreads, she finds herself attracted to somebody else: a young Creole man named Gabriel Girod. Meanwhile, her grandparents harbor a family secret. Will the truth set everybody free—especially Charlotte?

And the winner of Love Finds You in New Orleans, Louisiana is Carilyn Everett!

The next prize is from Ashley Mays, who is giving away a 2 chapter critique. WOW. Ashley Mays is the former Editorial Assistant for Brio and Brio & Beyond magazines and currently writes her own fiction for teens.

The winner of the 2 chapter critique is Charlotte Buzzard!

The next prize is from Betsy St. Amant, who is giving away her brand, spankin' new release Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK.

Sixteen-year-old Addison Blakely has tirelessly played the role of PK—preacher’s kid—her entire life. But after Wes Keegan revs his motorcycle into town and into her heart, Addison begins to wonder how much of her faith is her own and how much has been handed to her. She isn’t so sure she wants to be the good girl anymore. Join Addison Blakely as she attempts to separate love from lust, facts from faith, and keep her head above water in her murky, fishbowl existence.

And the winner of Betsy St. Amant's Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK is Emma King!

Also from Betsy St. Amant is a 5 page critique. And the winner is Sammie Weiss!

The next prize is Around the World in 80 Dates by Christa Banister.

Sydney Alexander is a travel writer. She’s a very well dressed travel writer—hasn’t yet met a shoe or clearance sale she could pass up. She’s funny. She’s got a great relationship with her sis. She’s got a hilarious best friend, Rain, who happens to be a hippie. And, she’s got a wonderful relationship with God. So what’s missing?

A decent date. A date where she doesn’t have to pay because he’s “between jobs.” A date where she’s not fabulously fashionably ready to go only to learn “the band just got a last minute gig” and he has to cancel. A date she wants to kiss goodnight—not run screaming from the curb.

Bridget Jones may have had a few more public disasters (Sydney works in print not on the telly), and considerably more cigarettes (Sydney doesn’t smoke), but really, besides that, their lives really aren’t so different. She’s just a girl, looking for love, drowning in a sea of cute couples, determined to keep swimming.

The winner of Christa Banister's Around the World in 80 Dates is Kaitlyn Evensen!

The next prize is Idaho Brides from New York Times bestselling author Erica Vetsch.

Experience the Wild West through the eyes of the three McConnell brothers who long to overcome their troubled childhood as drunkard’s sons. Can Alec show that he’s worthy of the ranch boss’s daughter? Can Trace help a distraught woman trust again? Will Cal prove his innocence to a U. S. Marshal in disguise? Will they each find a woman with whom they can trust their tender hearts?

Justice is demanded from the McConnell brothers who are tainted by association with their abusive father. Can Alec show that he’s worthy of the boss’s daughter? Can Trace help a distraught woman trust again? Will Cal prove his innocence to a U. S. Marshal in disguise?

The winner of Erica Vetsch's Idaho Brides is Rye Mason!

And from me is a copy of the first book in the Skylar Hoyt series, Me, Just Different.

Skylar Hoyt is a girl who seems to have it all—she’s pretty, popular, and has a great-looking boyfriend. Her senior year should be the best one yet. But a horrible experience at a summer party has changed everything. Now she’s vowing to make better choices, including going back to church. But as Skylar tries to gain new perspective on life, the world as she knows it begins to fall apart.

Her parents are constantly fighting. Her younger sister has a big secret that Skylar is forced to keep. The guy she’s dating is annoyingly jealous. And the new guy down the street is just plain annoying. In the midst of the chaos, Skylar starts to wonder who her real friends are and, even more importantly, who she is.

The winner of Me, Just Different is Gillian Adams!

Congratulations to all the winners!


  1. Congratulations to everyone!!!


  2. Jealous :( But happy for the winners!!! Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)

  3. Sierra, I'm kinda jealous too! There's some great stuff in there!


  5. Hey Becki, thanks!!!

    And congrats to all the winners! Some seriously awesome prizes. :)

  6. Yes, incredibly jealous. But congrats to everyone who won!

  7. These are some awesome prizes -- I'm excited! Congrats to everyone!

  8. Excited to be able to giveaway my new novel. It will release in February, so Carilyn Everett, be on the lookout!

  9. So, this is pretty crazy, but it's five years later and while googling myself I only just now found out I won something! I had no idea…so sorry I never emailed you!