Sunday, March 29, 2009


My focus on writing these days is on kidlit, which is why I was so surprised to find that a regular short story won first prize in a contest! It's the Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Contest: Paul Gillette Awards. Last year, my Middle Grade novel took second place in the children's category, which gave me the confidence to get more work out there. I am sure glad I did!

As a winner this year, I get to attend the Pikes Peak Conference coming up in late April for free, and I get to pitch to an agent/editor of my choice. Nathan Bransford will be there, so will Ginger Clark and Kirby Kim. Choices, choices, choices.

Last year's PPW conference was my first one. Had an interesting session reading my first page, out loud, in public, to an editor, who didn't say anything much after my reading except that she wouldn't request it if it had been submitted to her.

Nothing like being thrown in the fire right at the beginning!

But the rest of the conference went well. I met some fabulous people and had a great time in general. It's not too late to sign up!

Hope to see you there!


Cheryl Reif said...

Yay! Congratulations! I'm so excited for you :). Wish I'd be there to celebrate with you...maybe I'll drive down just for the banquet, since it sounds like I have several friends who are winners. Not that I'm surprised...your writing rocks!

Yat-Yee said...

Thanks, Cheryl!!!

Hope to see you there!

(But now who do I co-ordinate outfits with?)

Nandini said...

Oh. My. God. How AWESOME!!!

Congratulations, Yat-Yee!!!! I'm not surprised at all having seen your writing. Your face time with the editor/agent is well deserved. Hope your pitch goes well. ENJOY the conference!!

Yat-Yee said...

Nandini: you sound like you had a great time at your writing retreat. I hope my conference will be just as energizing.

Thanks for your kind words.