Guest blogger Shellie Braeuner, a nanny in Nashville, Tenn., is the winner of the first Cheerios® Spoonfuls of Stories® Children’s Book Contest. The contest invites previously unpublished adult authors to submit their stories for a children’s book. Cheerios provides cash prizes to up to three winners, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing reviews the top winner for a potential book deal. A book deal is not guaranteed, but last year, Shellie’s entry, The Great Dog Wash, not only won the contest, but earned her a publishing deal with Simon & Schuster as well.
Once upon a time, there was a very busy nanny who also liked to write and tell stories for fun. One day she read about a contest for previously unpublished children’s book authors and thought she might like to enter. She thought and she thought, but she was so busy that she kept putting it off. Then, on the VERY last day of the contest, she got an idea, went home, wrote the story, and submitted it in the contest JUST before the deadline. You’ll never guess what happened next! THE NANNY WON THE CONTEST.
Doesn’t that sound like a crazy story?? Well, I’m the nanny and that’s really what happened to me. I won the very first Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories New Author Contest after entering my story, “The Great Dog Wash,” on the last day of the contest – actually in the last HOURS of the contest. READ MORE »