2018 CONTEST WINNERS

Announcing the 2018 Rate Your Story Awesome Openers Writing Contest Winners! Novels First Place: Dragon Blood by Mary Jolley Second Place: The Demon Bells by Rebecca Colless Third Place: Where Spirits Gather by Sherry Howard Picture Book Nonfiction First Place: Going For The Gold by Nancy Churnin Second Place: How To Hatch: A Gosling’s Guide to Breaking Free by Sara Ackerman Third Place: Rolly’s True Fairytale by Noa Nimrodi Picture Book Fiction First Place: The President’s Cow by Sandra Sutter Second Place: Ahoy, A Match! by Christina Dendy Third Place: Cock-A-Doodle Toot by Mary Vander Plas The Rate Your Story writing contest is judged using a multi-tiered system and all judging is complet

Inspiring Young Readers with Facts and Fiction

Rudyard Kipling is perhaps best known for his JUST SO STORIES, a compilation of delightful fictional explanations for why many animals are the way they are. Some of its short stories include: How the Whale Got His Throat, How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Leopard Got His Spots, and How the Elephant Got His Trunk. Kipling deserves credit not only for his impressive creativity, but also his mastery of language and humor. Here's the glorious opening passage of How the Whale Got His Throat. “On the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the crab and the dab, and the plaice and the

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