Well, we survived our seventh annual National Picture Book Writing Week (“NAPIBOWRIWEE”)! I am so proud of everyone. I had a ton of fun. I hope you did, too! More importantly, I hope everyone wrote a lot! Now you have anywhere from one to seven completed first drafts of picture books that you can now spend the rest of the year carefully crafting and revising! Congratulations!
PLEASE NOTE – OUR CONTEST WINNERS ARE LISTED BELOW. I WILL EMAIL ALL THE WINNERS TO GET YOUR ADDRESS INFO SO I CAN MAIL OUT YOUR PRIZES! (FYI: I will use the email address you submitted to register for my website. So check your inbox today!)
MY DAY SEVEN EXPERIENCE: For my last picture book, I had already done a ton of research on another potential picture book biography idea earlier this year. Because I’ve been writing picture books all week, I suddenly had this last minute brainstorm of how to write it… like a mystery! The high concept worked and I realized a lot of my research could be used as sidebars. One of my favorite examples of a picture book biography that combines age-appropriate simple narrative writing with more in-depth sidebars is the Caldecott Medal winning picture book biography, SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian. Lesson learned: Always read picture books in the category/genre you are writing in for inspiration! 🙂 Again, my book idea was very rough and a lot of copy and paste of my research notes into the sidebars, but at least I have a solid rough rough rough draft to work with now. Phew. Out of all my NAPIBOWRIWEE events, there have been a few years where I was unable to finish all 7 picture books in 7 days. I was luckier this year. I think it’s because I’ve been doing this now for seven years so the blogging has become second nature and takes less time. 🙂
Since NAPIBOWRIWEE 2015 has wrapped (sob), please post any final comments you want about your writing journey this week!
And now, on to the exciting part – OUR CONTEST WINNERS!
Correction: Um, I mean one of my three cats, BEETHOVEN, picked your names from a bowl. A salad bowl, to be precise. LOL! 🙂
The prizes range from souvenirs from our NAPIBOWRIWEE STORE as well as autographed books from me and other prizes, plus one lucky winner gets one free critique of his/her picture book from our guest-in-residence, editor and author AMY CHERRIX! (PLEASE NOTE: I will contact the winners by email to make arrangements to send out your prizes!)
If you would like to purchase more souvenirs from our store, please go to this link:
So without further ado… here are our contest winners! If you won, I will contact you via email to make arrangements to mail out your prize! Congratulations!
2015 NAPIBOWRIWEE CONTEST WINNERS
Winner of One Free Manuscript Critique from Editor Amy Cherrix of Slushpile Press:
E. KIELY KEARNS
Winner of a personally signed copy of Paula Yoo’s picture book, TWENTY-TWO CENTS: MUHAMMAD YUNUS AND THE VILLAGE BANK (illustrated by Jamel Akib, Lee & Low Books, 2014):
Winner of a personally signed copy of Paula Yoo’s picture book, SIXTEEN YEARS IN SIXTEEN SECONDS: THE SAMMY LEE STORY (illustrated by Dom Lee, Lee & Low Books, 2005):
Winner of a personally signed copy of Paula Yoo’s picture book, SHINING STAR: THE ANNA MAY WONG STORY (illustrated by Lin Wang, Lee & Low Books, 2009):
Winner of a personally signed copy of Paula Yoo’s YA novel, GOOD ENOUGH (HarperCollins 2008):
Winner of a personally signed copy of Erin Eitter Kono’s CATERINA AND THE BEST BEACH DAY(Dial 2015):
Winner of a 2015 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE T-SHIRT
Winner of a 2015 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE COFFEE MUG
Winner of a 2015 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE TRAVEL MUG
CARRIE CHARLEY BROWN
Winner of a 2015 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE NOTEBOOK
Winner of a 2015 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE TOTE BAG
Winner of a 2015 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE BEACH BAG
Congratulations and grateful thanks to everyone for participating! I’ll see you next year! The dates are always the same – May 1st to May 7th. So mark your calendars for May 1-7, 2016 right here at (Also – I will post a final blog tomorrow May 9, 2015 with the official announcement of next year’s event.)http://paulayoo.com/category/napibo/ (Also – I will post a final blog tomorrow May 9, 2015 with the official announcement of next year’s event.)
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Finally, I always attend the annual Summer Conference of the Society of Book Writers & Illustrators (http://www.scbwi.org). It usually takes place in the first week of August. For more info on it, you can check out their live blog page here: http://www.scbwiconference.blogspot.com If you attend the conference, please let me know! Maybe we’ll have a NAPIBOWRIWEE reunion. That has happened in years past.
Until our next May 1-7, 2016 NAPIBOWRIWEE event, remember… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂