*Contest News* Announcing the winners!

Each year the Annual RYS Awesome Openers Writing Contest grows, and this year was certainly no exception. Our judges have spent weeks reading and debating over submissions. We're thrilled to announce the selected winners below. Drum roll, please... NOVELS CATEGORY 1st Place: Ona the Impossible by Lisa Perron 2nd Place: Seriously, Universe? by Leslie Wibberley 3rd Place: Vivify by Leslie Bush Norris Honorable Mention: The Possibility of Light by Alison Goldberg PICTURE BOOK NONFICTION CATEGORY 1st Place: Mrs.Disney by Brittany Richman 2nd Place: Please No Feathers in Your Hats by Lynn Pedersen. 3rd Place: Willie Breaks the Ice by John McGranaghan Honorable Mentions: The Desert That Feeds a

The Backstory of A Crowded Farmhouse Folktale

The Backstory: After sending countless stories to one editor, and getting rejected, I asked her, "What would you like to see from me in the future?" She told me to send her a folktale. So, that day, I went to the library and took out a lot of folktale books--about 20 or so--borrowed more from friends, and bought some on-line. Then for days, I sat and read folktales from morning to night. I didn't skip any--just in case the one I skipped happened to be the perfect one. I kept looking for a folktale I could simplify--folktales that no one reworked for a while--folktales that Disney didn't redo. I had many more books, but these are the three that I wound up buying.... I came across two Yidd

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