Monday, May 7, 2012

Rainbow for Christmas Wins First Place

First western romance
Although I didn't get to attend the Virginia Press Women Conference in person, I was thrilled to learn that A Rainbow for Christmas won first place in Young Adult Fiction.  I was one of 39 members of Virginia Press Women who received awards in the 2012 Communications Contest in a ceremony held during the Spring Conference in Harrisonburg. Categories such as newspaper writing, public relations, advertising, photo journalism, Internet and magazine writing, and books were judged by 11 experienced journalists and public relations professionals. Entries that received first place advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest.

 “The author brings history to life for YA readers! The thoughts and fears of these very real characters are timeless, which gives readers something they can relate to as they are transported back in time to experience a unique perspective about the hardships and injustices in the west and what it might have been like for a girl to travel toward uncertainty in a covered wagon.” 

Visit the Maya Ruins!What a lovely comment from the judge! 


My other novel published in 2011, an adventure story, Jungle Jeopardy, won honorable mention in fiction, novel. “The fast moving plot pulled the reader along, and the details about Maya culture and archeology were interesting,” the judge noted.

Another nice comment!

Congratulations to all the Virginia Press Women winners. 
 
Mary Montague Sikes

7 comments:

Shalanna said...

CONGRATULATIONS! A job well done.

William Doonan said...

Congrats, Mary. That's a fantastic achievement!

William Doonan

C.K.Crigger said...

Major congrats, Mary. What a thrill!

Monti said...

Thanks, Shalanna, William, and C.K. I'm glad Billie believed in my book!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

That is so wonderful, Mary. Huge Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your award! OTP is bursting with talented writers.
Sally Carpenter

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your award! OTP is bursting with talented writers.
Sally Carpenter