Longtime First Book supporter Cheerios has developed an exciting contest for aspiring, previously unpublished writers. Over the last seven years Cheerios has been delivering books to families by putting 35 million free books inside boxes, and making annual donations to First Book. In addition, Cheerios added the Spoonfuls of Stories New Author Contest in 2007 as a way to encourage up-and-coming children’s book authors, and continue to nurture a love of reading.
Today’s guest blogger, Lori Degman, is the grand prize winner of the 2nd Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories New Author Contest. Lori, a Chicago area special education teacher who works with deaf and hard-of-hearing children, won for her story, “1 Zany Zoo.”
The day before Thanksgiving, I got a phone call from the people at Cheerios telling me I was the grand prize winner (you may have heard me screaming)! Not only did I win a $5,000 cash prize, but also the opportunity to have my book reviewed by a publisher. And guess what?? Simon & Schuster is going to publish the story as a picture book! The book is expected to be released in spring 2010, initially as a paperback distributed inside Cheerios cereal boxes, and in the summer, published by Simon & Schuster in hardcover.
After years of trying to get published, this is a dream come true! Thank you to Cheerios, the judges and the editors at Simon & Schuster!
P.S. I want to add a big CONGRATULATIONS to the two runners-up in the contest: Tameka Fryer Brown, for her story, “I’m Not Eating That!” and Joan Stradling, for her story, “Who Invites a Pig to Dinner?”
If you have an idea for a children’s book, you may want to check out www.spoonfulsofstoriescontest.com! That’s because the 3rd Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories New Author Contest is open for entries through July 15, 2009. A description of the contest and other details are on the web site. Winners will be announced by March 2010. Are you the next great children’s book author?