One month ago, I accepted the 2017 New Voices in Children's Literature: Tassy Walden Award in the Middle Grade category for my manuscript, From the Desk of Zoe Washington! I was shocked to hear the news that I won earlier in May.
This award is for unpublished children's book writers and illustrators who live in Connecticut, and was judged by reputable agents and editors in the publishing industry. Many of the previous winners have gone on to publish their books with major houses. It was such an honor to have won!
On May 31st, I attended the awards reception, along with some of my family, friends, and writing group members. I accepted the award and read my first chapter. It was such an exciting night! Below are some pictures.
I'm currently making a few changes to the manuscript so I can return to querying literary agents. I can't wait to see what happens next!