NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014: Wrap Up & Contest Winners! (May 8)

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014
The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

What time did everyone wake up? Did everyone survive our Sixth Annual National Picture Book Writing Week? 🙂

How was everyone’s final Day 7? I’d love to hear your comments below. My DAY 7 UPDATE: It was my first truly really free day. No social obligations, no rehearsals, no writing deadlines, no errands. Ironically, I struggled a bit because I think I’ve been so used to writing under a lot of pressure and tight deadlines and very little time. Suddenly, I had all these long leisurely hours to write. Talk about irony! But I finally decided to write a foodie picture book since I’m always posting pictures of my food on social media. It turned out to be a fun book. And then I realized… the voice felt very middle grade to me. So who knows… this may now turn into a chapter book or future MG novel.

As promised, although NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014 is done, I wanted to post a wrap-up blog and announce our contest winners!

NOTE: WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED INDIVIDUALLY BY EMAIL TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS OF PRIZE MAILINGS.

BTW – I wish EVERYONE could win the prizes in this contest. But I hope you STILL feel you won no matter what because you have at least one, if not SEVEN, completed first drafts of picture books that you can submit later for publication. That is the true prize! 🙂

Next year’s 2015 NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2015. So mark your calendars! Until then, you can treat yourself to a souvenir at our store which is open all year round here: http://www.cafepress.com/paulayoonapibowriweeclassic

Keep reading after the break to find out who our contest winners are! 🙂

2014 NAPIBOWRIWEE CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

All winners were picked at random from a bowl. As proof, here is Oreo contemplating the bowl of names to make sure everything is in order for the random drawing…

Oreo wonders who will win the 2014 Annual NAPIBOWRIWEE random drawing door prize contest?
Oreo wonders who will win the 2014 Annual NAPIBOWRIWEE random drawing door prize contest?

To ensure fairness, two co-judges were also selected to randomly select winners’ names from the bowl to ensure fairness and a level playing field…

Beethoven also examines the bowl of names to make sure no corruption or bribery of tuna affected the outcome of our annual 2014 NAPIBOWRIWEE door prize random drawing contest...
Beethoven also examines the bowl of names to make sure no corruption or bribery of tuna affected the outcome of our annual 2014 NAPIBOWRIWEE door prize random drawing contest…

Charlotte also took her role as co-judge very seriously…

Charlotte frowns sternly at 2014 NAPIBOWRIWEE participants trying to bribe her with tuna...
Charlotte frowns sternly at 2014 NAPIBOWRIWEE participants trying to bribe her with tuna…

Anyway, with three judges making sure our contest was fairly conducted, I am proud to announce the 2014 winners of our annual NAPIBOWRIWEE door prize random drawing contest! Here we go… DRUM ROLL, PLEASE…

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2014 NAPIBOWRIWEE CONTEST WINNERS

Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank (Written by Paula Yoo and illustrated by Jamel Akib, Lee & Low Books 2014)
Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank (Written by Paula Yoo and illustrated by Jamel Akib, Lee & Low Books 2014)

3 WINNERS OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF PAULA YOO’S PICTURE BOOK, TWENTY-TWO CENTS: MUHAMMAD YUNUS AND THE VILLAGE BANK (illustrated by Jamel Akib, Lee & Low Books, 2014):

S.A. Putnam

Yvonne Mes

AlisonKH

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SIXTEEN YEARS IN SIXTEEN SECONDS: THE SAMMY LEE STORY By Paula Yoo, illus. Dom Lee (Lee & Low '05)
SIXTEEN YEARS IN SIXTEEN SECONDS: THE SAMMY LEE STORY By Paula Yoo, illus. Dom Lee (Lee & Low ’05)

WINNER OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF PAULA YOO’S PICTURE BOOK, SIXTEEN YEARS IN SIXTEEN SECONDS: THE SAMMY LEE STORY (illustrated by Dom Lee, Lee & Low Books, 2005):

 Arlie707

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SHINING STAR: THE ANNA MAY WONG STORY by Paula Yoo, illus. by Lin Wang (Lee & Low '09)
SHINING STAR: THE ANNA MAY WONG STORY by Paula Yoo, illus. by Lin Wang (Lee & Low ’09)

WINNER OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF PAULA YOO’S PICTURE BOOK, SHINING STAR: THE ANNA MAY WONG STORY (illustrated by Lin Wang, Lee & Low Books, 2009):

Christine M. Irwin

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GOOD ENOUGH by Paula Yoo (HarperCollins  '08)
GOOD ENOUGH by Paula Yoo (HarperCollins
’08)

WINNERS OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF PAULA YOO’S YA NOVEL, GOOD ENOUGH (HarperCollins 2008):

Kari_D_Allen

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The Cart That Carried Martin (Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Don Tate, Charlesbridge 2013)
The Cart That Carried Martin (Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Don Tate, Charlesbridge 2013)

WINNER OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF DON TATE’S PICTURE BOOK, THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN (Written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Don Tate, Charlesbridge, 2013):

MINDY ALYSE WEISS

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gracepresident

WINNER OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF KELLY DIPUCCHIO’S PICTURE BOOK, GRACE FOR PRESIDENT (Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Disney/Hyperion 2010/2012):

Patrick

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chessrumble

WINNER OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF GREG NERI’S CHILDREN’S FREE VERSE NOVELLA, CHESS RUMBLE (Lee & Low Books 2007):

Jo Linsdell

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rotibook

WINNER OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF KEN MIN’S PICTURE BOOK, HOT, HOT ROTI FOR DADA-JI (Written by F. Zia and illustrated by Ken Min, Lee & Low Books 2011)

Angela

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HulaLullaby

WINNER OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF ERIN EITTER KONO’S PICTURE BOOK, HULA LULLABY (Written and illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono, Little, Brown 2005):

Charlotte

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caterinaparty

WINNER OF A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF ERIN EITTER KONO’S PICTURE BOOK, CATERINA AND THE PERFECT PARTY (Written and illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono, Dial 2013):

Emily McKeon

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2014NapiShirt

WINNER OF THE 2014 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE T-SHIRT

LeslieG

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2014NapiCoffeeMug

WINNER OF THE 2014 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE COFFEE MUG

trobeson

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2014NapiTravelMug

WINNER OF THE 2014 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE TRAVEL COFFEE MUG

AnnaFor

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2014NapiNotebook

WINNER OF THE 2014 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE NOTEBOOK

englehart1

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2014NapiTote

WINNER OF THE 2014 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE TOTE BAG

Robyn C.

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2014NapiBeachBag

WINNER OF THE 2014 OFFICIAL NAPIBOWRIWEE BEACH BAG

KathyB

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CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO OUR CONTEST WINNERS! I will contact everyone individually to get your snail mail address and make arrangements for shipments.

BTW… Charlotte was ESPECIALLY excited by this year’s contest winners… 🙂

Charlotte is very excited by this year's winners!
Charlotte is very excited by this year’s winners!

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Thank you everyone for your participation! If anyone wants to post about their Day 7 experience or their experience in general this past week, please do so in the COMMENTS section below.

I will post one last blog on May 9, 2014 with the official announcement on when the 2015 NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place and some other announcements. 

Then starting May 10, 2014, please go back to my OTHER blog where I post about my life, my cats, my music, and my writing… not necessarily in that order. 🙂 You can read my blog here: https://paulayoo.com/blog 

And you can also follow me on TWITTER here: https://twitter.com/paulayoo

And HAPPY WRITING! Or actually, maybe HAPPY NAPPING! 🙂 Take a break! And as always… WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂

19 Comments »

  1. Thank you, Paula for putting this on!

    If anyone who participated is interested in workshopping manuscripts and continuing with an online critique group, please check us out. We’ve created a web application specifically to support small, private online critique groups. The site provides a structure and automated process for running critique groups. It can also help you find a group with other PB writers if you don’t have one now. The site is in beta this month and you can check it out at beta.inkedvoices.com. And congrats again to everyone who participated in this year’s NAPIBOWRIWEE!

  2. Thank you for the autographed book! YAY! I already have Good Enough, Shining Star, and Sixteen Years so now I can add Twenty-two Cents to my Paula collection. : )

  3. Thoroughly enjoyed my first time with all y’all here at NAPIBOWRIWEE! Now I have seven drafts to get me through those lazy hazy crazy days of summer–and that’s a HUGE win, believe me!

  4. Yay! Congratulations to all the prize-winners and to all the participants who gave it their best!

    For myself, I am disappointed I didn’t meet my goal. But I will not let that stop me from celebrating my successes:
    I logged plenty of writing hours.
    I completed three drafts that are worth revising.
    I made time to write even though this was a week of unexpected family issues and lapses of concentration.
    I learned more about the diversity issue and dreamed of how I might make a positive contribution to the problem.
    I learned things about my writing-self which will see me through writing road blocks in the future.

    So, thank-you, Paula. Thank-you to all the guests who shared their experiences.
    See you all next year. Same bat-time. Same bat-channel.

  5. Congrats to all the winners!! Oh, I think I’m one of them. LOL! And even if I weren’t, I’d say getting to see photos of your gorgeous kitties makes us all winners! Writing? Were we supposed to be writing? Hah!

    Paula, many, many thanks for this super fun challenge! I think I will actually be able to use at least half the stories I wrote.
    xoxox

  6. Congrads to everyone. If you took up the challenge and wrote one draft, you still won.

    Oreo! You rock, buddy. I had told one of my kids that I need the tote bag. Did you see what I won? Besides his other fab qualities, could Oreo be psychic? Now I can order something else from the NaPiBoWirWee shop.

    Paula, besides the Scrivener and Scapple, you’ve given me so much this week! Hugs, hugs, hugs! You are the loveliest of the lovelies! Inside and out! xoxoxoxo

    P.S. Is it next year yet? 🙂

  7. Thank you, Oreo, Beethoven and Charlotte for making sure the drawing was random… and to Paula for drawing my name. I’m looking forward to reading Twenty-two Cents!

    Congratulations to all the other prize winners!

  8. Congrats to the prize winners!
    I enjoyed participating again this year, thanks to Paula for organizing this motivating event.
    I have 6 and 1/2 drafts. Yesterday, I started writing a story, but the set-up is too long for a PB. Must get to the problem a little quicker, or maybe it will be a chapter book or early reader. We’ll see.

    Happy tweaking and revising everyone!

  9. Hi Paula,

    I see I am a winner of a personally-signed copy of your book SHINING STAR: THE ANNA MAY WONG STORY! Thanks! However, I have not received an email from you. Did it get lost in cyber-space???

    Congrats to all the other winners, too!!

  10. Thanks everyone again for participating. FYI I just emailed everyone to get their addresses so I can send out the prizes. It may take a few weeks so please be patient. I’ll be sure to email everyone individually to confirm when the prizes are mailed out. xo P.

  11. Congrats to the Winners! 🙂
    I learned
    1. that writing a Picture Book First Draft everyday when you don’t have a story already nagging at you is hard,
    2. that Sloppy Drafts can be downright awful and still have valuable content at the same time, and
    3. that I have an awesome, patient critique group.

  12. Thank you so much for my prize, Paula! I think I had an “in” with one of the kitty-cats sharing my name. It must have been karma for me to win a PB during NaPiBoWrWee as I had a critique at the NESCBWI on Saturday (5/3) for one of my manuscripts which sent me into high gear revising it significantly…Soon to be included in an anthology that my monthly critique group is self-publishing…and then (gulp) to be submitted to a few potential publishers in the big wide world.

  13. Congratulations first and mostly to those who wrote and finished 7 rough drafts. What an achievement!!! And, a big hand to those who wrote any amount of drafts this week. I know how hard it is to get things done..
    And, to those who one the prizes…you lucky dogs. Congratulations.

    Thanks Paula. I am personally grateful for this effect.

    Holly

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