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Auntie B’s Book Club Contest . . . we have winners!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

Auntie B’s Book Club Contest
I want to thank all of you for participating in such a fun blogfest contest.The girls had a lot of fun and we all learned a lot. The girls enjoyed reading your comments and it rewarded them for their time. Each girl gave each semi-finalist’s entry a rating from 1 to 5 stars (we used gold sticky stars – lots of fun). They weren’t allowed to judge their own picks. Afterward we added up the stars to determine the winners. My youngest niece was on the sidelines in case we needed a tie breaker, which we didn’t need. 

Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to the semi-finalists, you made it very difficult for the girls to pick a winner. 

So here are the winners… 

1st place and the winner of a ten page and synopsis critique goes to . . . 

Wishwryter (aka Margie Senechal)  
(you can follow her on twitter  @wishwryter )

The two runners up and winners of either a ten page critique or a synopsis critique (their choice) goes to . . . 

Sarah Nicolas  
(you can follow her on her site: Sarah Nicolas )
Kit Forbes  
(you can follow her on her blog: Kit Forbes)  

*I’ll be sending your certificates to your email addys shortly.


Thank you to Cassandra Marshall, agent-intern, freelance editor, and writer extraordinaire  for the wonderful prizes and please check out her website for all your editing needs. Her prices are so reasonable and you won’t be disappointed. She’s amazing! 

Final words from the judges . . .
Choir Girl
 I had such a great time, and enjoyed reading your entries. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity, and I hope to actually hold your books in my hand one day. 
 Drama Girl
This was such an awesome experience. I will always remember Auntie B’s Book Club and all the fun we’ve had. I’m so happy I got a chance to read your writing. You all are talented. And I want to thank Auntie B for not correcting our work like she just did our goodbyes (tough, I know). Adios!
Auntie B’s note: I didn’t have time to edit their post comments because of my crazy schedule or I would have. So many mistakes *shakes head in shame*. I think you all need a grammar refresher course.
 Book Girl
This was a great way to end our summer. Thank you all for letting me read and critique your work. I loved ALL of them. I hope you all get published soon! 
Sports Girl
You all are sick writers. I think my group was the hardest to choose the top two from (no matter what Drama Girl says). No seriously, I read a few of the others, and it was tough competition. It’s more rewarding to win when the competition is tough. Good luck to all of you with your writing! 

 And, a special thank you to Game Girl (my fifteen-year-old niece) for waiting in the wings just in case we needed a final decision.
Well, thanks all for a fun time. How was your experience with this contest? Did you like hearing from the teens? Was there anything special you took away from it? 
I’m working on more contest for the upcoming months and maybe a workshop so check back soon for details. Until next time, that’s it.

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  • A great big thanks to the judges. This was a great time. Congratulations to the winners. Yay!

  • Robin Weeks says:

    Thanks so much to all the judges and to Brenda–you guys are sooo sick! (Yeah, it sounds wrong when I say it.)

    Congrats to the winners!

  • Gems says:

    What an amazing blogfest..I wish I had known about it sooner. As a teacher, I love to delve into literature for the young reader. I will stay tuned for the next event 🙂
    Gems x

  • This was such a fun & great contest! Congrats to the winners & thank you Brenda & girls! This was an amazing experience & I hope y’all hold one of these contests again!! 🙂

  • This was a really cool contest to be a part of and I really appreciate the comments from an actual teen. So, thanks!

    Congrats to all the winners!

  • Margie says:

    Thank you all so much. I feel so honored. It’s like a receiving an emmy or something, since really it came from Simon/Bix’s peers. You girls gave such thoughtful responses on the subs that I am in awe of you. Good luck with your futures–you all seem to be off to a great start.

  • Tanya Reimer says:

    Oh it was great to see what caught their interests! Pretty neat. Congrats to the winners and all the other participants. It was was great fun! Thanks!!! YAY! Now have fun in school.

  • Awesome!! What a cool contest. Glad the girls had a good time judging ;o) Congrats to the winners!!

  • Yay! Congratulations to the winners!

    HUGE HUGE thanks to the book club girls! <3

  • I just wanted to say thanks to you and the girls for taking the time to hold this contest! It’s really great to hear what my target audience thinks about my pitch.

    Congrats to the other winners! (Though, really, I think everybody won with the awesome feedback we received!)

  • kitforbes says:

    Talk about pleasant surprises! Thank you all so much. It was fun and I loved checking out the samples from the other entrants. There’s some really interesting books in the works that make my “reader side” anxious to see them published. ^_^

    It was especially helpful to read all the feedback from out “target audience”.

    Thank you reader judges and best of luck to you in your upcoming school adventures.

  • rebeccaenzor says:

    Thank you so much to Brenda and the girls for holding this contest! I loved reading the entries, and it was so nice to get the feedback from everyone 🙂 I still wouldn’t have a pitch at all, much less one that I liked, if it wasn’t for you. And you finally got me to kill my darling “fwap” as the first word 😛 Thanks everyone!

  • Great contest, Brenda! I was dying to enter! Too bad I haven’t finished my manuscript….
    I’m having a contest too, judged by Sourcebooks editors, if you want to stop by at http://www.gabrielalessa.com.

    Congratulations to the winners!

  • Heather says:

    Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to the ladies who helped, and to CA who provided the prizes. This looked like so much fun I’ll have to enter if you ever do another one.

  • Toyin O. says:

    Congrats to all winners:)

  • Thanks to Auntie B and the girls for the contest and congratulations to the winners.
    Best wishes

  • Girls … you did an awesome job. It is tough to narrow down winners. Congrats to the winners and good luck at school ladies.


    Thanks for hosting another great blogfest. They are always my favorite ones.

  • Kerri Cuev says:

    Congrats winners and judges! Hi Brenda been MIA and wanted to say HELLO 🙂

  • Thanks again girls. I know I’m a week late and a dollar short, but I do appreciate what you did. If you ever want to beta read, let me know. You were very helpful!

  • Susan Oloier says:

    Okay, how did I miss all this awesomeness? I have not been good about writing or keeping up on blogs this summer. I will have to backtrack through your posts. Looks like it was lots of fun!

  • Congrats to the winners! *throws confetti* Looks like I’m late to the fun!

    Also, I’m a new follower— wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? 🙂 http://rachelbrookswrites.blogspot.com/

  • Lola X says:

    Absolutely fantastic blog!!! Glad I found it! Love it!!!

    Lola x

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