Saturday, May 16, 2009

fAiRy GoDsIsTeRs, iNk 2nd Annual SCBWI Summer Conference Scholarship Winner

It's time to announce the winner of the 2009 fAiRy GoDsIsTeRs, iNk Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference Scholarship. The winner receives a $1500.00 cash grant to pay for travel, lodging, tuition, and manuscript critique at the August conference held at the tres chic Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

There were a ton of great applicants this year, and the choice was difficult. Thank you to all who entered! So without further ado, the winner is...

Amy Lynn Spitzley!

Amy hails from Traverse City, Michigan and was nearly dumbstruck at the news. In the manner typical of so many creative folk, her first question was "Uh-- didn't very many people apply?" We loved her humility, when in fact, her essay was absolutely bang-ON. And one of three hundred entries!

Having recovered her wits, she had this to share today. "I owe a huge debt to the godsisters. Their magic is gently forcing me to get out of my shell. Having written down many thoughts, promises, and ideas in my essay, I intend to live up to as many of them as I can in LA--and have fun in the process!"

We want to thank all our Honorary Godpersons who contributed toward this scholarship! (You know who you are!)


hollygee said...

What a wonderful mitzvah [to borrow a phrase]!
I used to be a cook for Hedgebrook writers retreat on Whidbey Island. Every year hundreds of women would apply for one of around 85 openings to stay at the retreat. In almost every case, the recipient believed that we had made some sort of mistake in allowing her in.

Is this just a woman thing?

Dave Johnson said...


Every time an agent or editor asks to see more pages, my gut response is, "Uh...are you sure? You DID read my query, right?"

My wife keeps reminding me that self-depreciation is *not* a virtue.

Mary Hershey said...

Hurray, Hurrah, AMY!

Mary Hershey