1 July 2022. SCBWI announced the results of the Ann Whitford Paul – Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award 2022 for the most promising picture book writers and my unpublished picture book manuscript, The Magic in Ming’s Hands, received an honorable mention – out of nearly 900 submissions – from the respected picture book doyenne herself! The announcement, together with a brief description of my manuscript, as well as those of the winners, can be found here.
12 May 2022. The results of the annual UK WriteMentor Novel and Picture Book Awards for unagented and unpublished writers were announced in a live ceremony. Imagine the shock when judges Clare Wallace and Lydia Silver chose – out of over 1,000 entries – my picture book text, The Magic in Ming’s Hands and Aoife Doyle’s novel, The Music Weaver’s Call as the winners! I feel such immense gratitude to Stuart White, the founder of WriteMentor, and his team as well as the kidlit writerly community for inspiring, encouraging and supporting kidlit creators everywhere. The replay of the awards ceremony can be seen on YouTube here. It was worth staying up until 2 a.m. for!
7 March 2022. The 11th annual Hong Kong Young Readers Festival 2022 kicked off with an international and local author line-up featuring admired luminaries such as Michael Morpurgo, Malinda Lo, Elena Favilli and Christina Soontornvat. I was honoured to be included on the roster for the first time and enjoyed sharing one of my author talks via Zoom, “What You Can Do With Your Phone – Make Good Art.” Details of the festival can be found here.
20 January 2022. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) announced their selection of 17 aspiring writers for their year-long 2022 Mentorship Program and I found out I’d been chosen by critically-acclaimed children’s author, Cindy Baldwin, to be her middle-grade mentee. To say that I was overjoyed is a little bit of an understatement! I am looking forward to displaying my lovely WNDB badge (below) and most of all, to working with my mentor to bring out the best in the middle-grade manuscript that I have been working on since 2020.
WNDB is an American “non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.” The full press release can be found here.