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Kids' Choice KidLit Writing Contest WINNERS!

Hello wonderful readers!


Well... this has been an amazing two months. I have had an absolute BLAST hosting the first annual Kids' Choice KidLit Writing Contest.


First and foremost, I have to thank you, Kid Judges. You are AMAZING and I could NOT have done this without you! I hope you had a really fun experience and learned a bit more about your taste throughout this process.


Now to our finalists, thank you all so much for your patience. I know the time frame on this contest was longer than most. But with kid judges, it was super important to me to keep the contest manageable for the kids. So thank you all for your patience!


And thank you for just making this entire experience an absolute blast. I am beyond grateful for the kind emails, positive comments, and connections made. What a wonderful thing we have done together. I am truly grateful!!


And now, it's time. Time to announce the WINNERS of the 1st ever Kids' Choice KidLit Writing Contest. Today, I will be announcing the winners. And then, over the course of the next few weeks, I will be sending the kid judges' comments out to our participants. You can choose to keep them to yourself or share them as you desire. I will also be creating posts with some of the general comments from the kids so that everyone can benefit from seeing their thoughts. This will take place over a few weeks as it's a LOT.


For those on this list, HUGE CONGRATS! To those who received an honorable mention, HUGE CONGRATS. And to those participants who were brave and put themselves out there, HUGE CONGRATS!! I am so happy with how this contest played out. Your entries were truly incredible. You should be proud of yourself simply for putting yourself out there.


Now, you are about to see the winners. I will then reach out to each of the winners and allow them to select a prize from our list of prizes. First, I will reach out to all three 1st place winners, then all three 2nd place winners, and so on and so forth until all the prizes are claimed. Please be patient with me as this may take a bit of time. If you are a winner, please have the prizes ranked in your mind so that you can choose quickly.


And now...


The WINNERS of the 1st Annual Kids' Choice KidLit Writing Contest


(For ease of reading, I will only be posting the titles and authors in this post. In future posts where I analyze the winners and kid comments, I will post the samples).




Young Adult Winners


1st Place: I'M NOT THAT INNOCENT

By: Ashlee Hashman


2nd Place: SCREAM QUEEN

By: Jessica Haster


3rd Place: FULL MOON

By: Bethany Walker


4th Place: THE WITCHES OF WONDERLAND

By: S.E. Reed


5th Place: THE NOTE

By: Sabrina Shah


6th Place: YEAR 2070

By: Kala Senthi


7th Place: FIRE GIRL

By: Amy Reitz


8th Place: 1917

By: Raluca Sirbu



Middle Grade Winners


1st Place: THE SECRET OF SCAREMERE FOREST

By: Gayle C. Krause


2nd Place: EVA AND THE CROWS

By: Cheryl MacAller


3rd Place: IT'S A DOG'S LIFE

By: Colleen Fogarty


4th Place: SCHOOL OF SECRETS

By: Penny Nolan


5th Place: PIRATE'S BOOTY

By: Mark Huffman


6th Place: IZZY HOFFMAN IS NOT A WITCH

By: Alyssa Alessi


7th Place: CANDYBOT

By: Ellen Seal


8th Place: SUNSET SISTERS

By: Abbi Lee


9th Place: THE HOUSE THAT ATE THE BOY

By: Sondra Eby Eisenstat


10th Place: FOUR HOURS TO GO

By: Jeannette Lee



Picture Book Winners


1st Place: I WANT A MOOSE

By: CJ Penko


2nd Place: THE SECRET ROOM

By: Becky Walker


3rd Place: TURTLE LOVES WAFFLES

By: Michaela Almeida


4th Place: SIR TOOTS

By: Hollie Wolverton


5th Place: GROWN-UPS HAVE IT ALL WRONG

By: Kimberly Bellanti-Bartho


6th Place: THE RUNAWAY UNDERWEAR

By: John P. Conery


7th Place: PORCUPINE PLOP

By: Katie Brandyberry


8th Place: THE OLD LADY WHO LIVED IN A...

By: Melanie Rowsell-Docherty


9th Place: NEVER-EVER!

By Julie Fruitticher Schroeder


10th Place: THE SUNSHINE CLUB

By: Kimberly Horch


11th Place: TIME TO GO!

By: Sasha Harris-Lovett


12th Place: UP YOUR NOSE

By: Tonnye Fletcher


13th Place: THE GIFT WRAP TRAP

By: Allison Strick



CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS!! I am seriously so blown away by the stories and by the community and connections made. If any of your Kids' Choice entries go on to find agents, be published, etc. Please let me know!


To all the winners, please check out THIS POST HERE to review the prizes and have your top choices in mind. I'll start reaching out to the winners today, but please feel free to make contact via Twitter DM or through my Contacts Page. If you can send me your email address, that will make this process even faster.


And again, I have to give another HUGE thank you to our Kid Judges. Without them, none of this would have been possible! And to everyone who entered, thank you! This was an amazing year and I'm already excited to host again in 2023!


I hope you'll leave a comment below congratulating our winners and making even more connections! And to everyone, the very best of luck on this journey. I cannot wait to have your stories on my shelves.


About Kailei Pew


Kailei Pew is a wife, mother, and children's book author represented by the amazing Emily Forney of Bookends Literary. Kailei's debut Middle Grade Book, KID MADE will be coming to you from Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan Winter 2024.


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27 Comments


Erin Johnson
Erin Johnson
Mar 17, 2022

Congratulations everyone! So happy for you and so blown away by all the hard work that goes into a contest like this.

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krausehousebooks
krausehousebooks
Mar 16, 2022

Thank you, Kailei for such an awesome contest. And. Special thanks to the kid readers who loved my Scaremere Forest. 😉

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Truly my pleasure! And thank you for entering such a wonderful story!

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Thanks again Kailei for organising such a great contest, and to all the kids who spent time reading and judging! I can't wait to hear your personalised feedback.

I'm so pleased to have ranked 8th in the picture book category. It's great knowing kids actually enjoy reading my work! Congrats to everyone who took part.

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Thank you so much! And congrats!!

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CJ Penko
CJ Penko
Mar 16, 2022

I am just blown away to take 1st place in this contest for PB. Thank you so much to the kid judges- I am thrilled you liked I WANT A MOOSE. Maybe one day I'll get to read a story one of you write! 😉 And thank you so much, Kailei and every single person that helped make this moment and contest possible. And DEFINTILY thank you to my CP Ashley for making me enter this contest- you are incredible. ♥️🎉

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Love this so much!! And congrats again!

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Congratulations everyone!! And a great big THANK YOU to all the fabulous Kid Judges, the generous prize donors, and the incredible Kailei! This was so much fun and you did an amazing job!

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Truly my pleasure!

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