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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Rainbow for Christmas Wins First Place

First western romance
Although I didn't get to attend the Virginia Press Women Conference in person, I was thrilled to learn that A Rainbow for Christmas won first place in Young Adult Fiction.  I was one of 39 members of Virginia Press Women who received awards in the 2012 Communications Contest in a ceremony held during the Spring Conference in Harrisonburg. Categories such as newspaper writing, public relations, advertising, photo journalism, Internet and magazine writing, and books were judged by 11 experienced journalists and public relations professionals. Entries that received first place advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest.

 “The author brings history to life for YA readers! The thoughts and fears of these very real characters are timeless, which gives readers something they can relate to as they are transported back in time to experience a unique perspective about the hardships and injustices in the west and what it might have been like for a girl to travel toward uncertainty in a covered wagon.” 

Visit the Maya Ruins!What a lovely comment from the judge! 

My other novel published in 2011, an adventure story, Jungle Jeopardy, won honorable mention in fiction, novel. “The fast moving plot pulled the reader along, and the details about Maya culture and archeology were interesting,” the judge noted.

Another nice comment!

Congratulations to all the Virginia Press Women winners.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Mary! Big honors.

Monti said...

Thanks, Alex! How you keep up with everyone, I do not know but I certainly appreciate it!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - congratulations - that's wonderful news .. Hilary

Monti said...

Thanks, Hilary! And thanks for stopping by!