Thank you to all of the teens for participating in the contest to win a free trip to New York City for the 2nd annual Book Blogger Convention this May (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxYgGSWfyCY). The response was overwhelming, and it was SO difficult to choose a winner. ALL of you are incredibly inspiring and enthusiastic. Your zest for life, for books, and for writing is refreshing!
Lauren, first place, $1,000 cash prize
Hi, I’m Lauren! I’d love the opportunity to attend the Book Blogger Convention first and foremost because I’m a book blogger myself. I run the young adult-centric blog 365 Days of Reading (http://365DaysofReading.com), and have a passion for literature. The Book Blogger Con would be a tremendous opportunity for me to meet and interact with fellow bloggers, as well as introduce myself to and hopefully make a connection with members of publishing houses.
Nothing gets me more excited than talking about books. Get me started, and I’ll blab your ear off for an hour! I’d love to be in an environment where people love to “book talk” as much as I do, so the Book Blogger Con would be perfect!
After graduating college, I’d like to work in the publishing industry, so attending the Book Blogger Con would offer me great insight into the world into which I’d eventually like to enter. I’d like to think I’d learn quite a bit!
Anything I learn at the Book Blogger Con would also help me in my position as Vice President of my library’s Teen Advisory Board. We’re always looking for ideas for making the library more teen-friendly, and I’m sure interacting with other book lovers would help get the creative juices flowing!
I’d most like to attend the Book Blogger Con because it just sounds like fun. The panels sound intriguing, and I already know the community is amazing. If I were selected to attend, I know it would be an experience I’d treasure forever.
Audrey, second place, $500 cash prize
Hello there! I’m Audrey. I’m a 17 year old teenage girl bottled up as a plethora of emotions, labelled simply as: “teen; includes: fears, dreams, hopes, and other fanciful things.” I swear I’m stable. No, seriously!
So I should probably mention, I’ll be gallivanting across the country to attend university in September. Scary how soon that is, eh? But in this typhoon of uncertainty, here’s what I’m sure about: I want to learn more, do more, see more, discover more, and expand my view on the world.
I’ll attempt an analogy: let’s say I am a young adult novel. I have plot, character, personality, prose, and emotion; I have chapter titles and page numbers and blank pages waiting to be filled. I have a cover page and acknowledgements… but I’m still a WIP. I still require editing from an educational institute known as “university” before I can go out and find an agent (commonly called “tackling the adult world”).
However, university is expensive and unfortunately, I’m not made of money (or trust me, my bookshelf would be much larger). There’s no way I will get through four-plus years with my cheque-book (or sanity) intact. Sandra’s donation means so much to me because like the cliché goes: “every journey begins with a single step.” Except in my journey, this money will act as an escalator, one decorated with ribbons, balloons, and YA literature— because it would be made of awesome.
Aliza, third place, $250 cash prize
Writing has played a pivotal role in my life. It’s helped me though the good, and the bad and is a constant obsession to hone my style and to sharpen my skills.
Meeting Sandra Brannan was an absolute delight that I will never forget, for her passion for writing and to help budding writers inspired me greatly to better my skills.
My dream is to become a published author and to make a living with the use of words and to teach others the importance of literature. In a world filled with technological stimulation, reading and writing has never been more important, whether it be from blogging or from novels.