Last spring, The Writer agreed to be a judge in a writing nationwide writing competition called Book Arts Bash. Homeschooled children in all grades entered work in such categories as original legend, blog post, comic book, short stories, poetry, fable, fractured fairy tale, abc book, pop-up book, skit, novel cover art, and more.
The Writer agreed to judge the original picture book category for grades 3 through 6. The finalists' entries arrived last week. The Writer spent the weekend reading each one carefully and joyfully. She has never, she declared to anyone who would listen, had more fun. All of the entries were wonderful and it was really hard to chose one winner.
As far as The Writer is concerned, all the young author/illustrators are winners. They wrote original stories, illustrated them, made well-bound books, and sent off their creations with hearts brimming with hope. It's not easy risking original work to the eyes of the outside world.
Wouldn't it be great if even one of the entrants in this year's Book Arts Bash continues his or her journey on the path to becoming a writer and/or illustrator of children's books?
I entered my epic story, The Great Catsby, but I didn't even make it to the finals.
The Great Catsby is one word, "the!" It is not a story!