Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Tall Story wins first Crystal Kite Member's Choice Award!

... for EUROPE!

It's the inaugural outing of this award, in which members vote for titles from out of their domestic or continental (not America) region.

SCBWI says it's the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers ...which makes it even dearer to me because I've been a devotee of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for ten years now.

All I can say is —

Thank you, thank you, thank you, my fellow SCBWI members. This means a lot to me.

You have the enviable treat of checking out the luscious winners from other continental regions and US domestic regions on the SCBWI website.

And here are the brilliant finalists for my region, Europe:

Castle of Shadows Ellen Renner

Gilbert the Hero by Jane Clarke

Petit Escargot written and illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo

Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin

The Boneshaker  Illustrated by Andrea Offermann

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh


  1. We all love you Candy and are so thankful for all the hard work you've put into SCBWI over the years. So, with no disrespect to the other fine finalists, it just HAD to be you!

    Well done, hun.

  2. Yehay!!!!It was such a strong field but am so glad it's you xx

  3. You little STAR! Jeanette is right, it had to be you! Big congrats. Well deserved for you and the book.

  4. Fantastic! Well done, well done, well done!

  5. Candy Candy Candy! This is absolutely fantastic! I'm so so so pleased for you. So well deserved. Yippeeee!

  6. That's great Candy. Enjoy Celebrating!

  7. Yay Candy!! Many many many congratulations! This is so well deserved and I'm so happy for you. Brilliant news xxx

  8. Congrats, Candy! That is brilliant news. All this was a long time coming and well deserved.

    Best wishes,

    Martina & Marissa

  9. Congratulations Candy - Tall Story is already a winner and now it's sealed with a Crystal Kiss!

  10. Thank you all ... I am living proof that SCBWI can only be good for aspiring writers.


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