The celebrity judges have spoken. The winner of the 2015 version of WRiTE CLUB - announced at the DFW Conference Saturday night - is:
And now the moment many of who have been waiting for, the unveiling of just who our champion really is. It is a pleasure to introduce to you Lisa Dunn…aka Commando Grace.
Lisa is a homeschooling mother of four and an author for young adults. She took a break from her accustomed Fantasy genre to dabble in Contemporary YA for this years Write Club. She is currently working on edits for the final installment of a YA Fantasy trilogy published through Anaiah Press. Her first book, GRIT OF BERTH AND STONE, debuted in March 2015. Her second book, HEIR OF KORADIN, will be available August 4, 2015. Lisa looks forward to turning COMMANDO GRACE into a full length novel and is thankful for the encouragement and critique of this year’s Write Club participants. You may find her on Amazon (amazon.com/author/lisadunn), Twitter (@ScouterWife), and Facebook (Author Lisa Dunn).
With her victory Lisa has won a $75 Amazon gift certificate, a three chapter critique from some WRiTE CLUB judges, and a free pass to the 2016 DFW Conference.
Our runner up...MissWriteNow...is none other than Amy Snead.
Amy writes for and about young adults. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s substitute teaching, deciphering teen slang one hallway-drama session at a time. She lives in Oklahoma, surrounded by too much testosterone, compliments of her husband and three boys. This testosterone overload sometimes allows her to transform into a teenage boy, in her writing of course. Amy’s mortal enemy is the undercooked egg, and she’s nearly convinced the zombie apocalypse will become a real thing. Come say hi on Twitter (@Amy_Smead), she says hi right back.
For being a finalist, Amy has also earned herself a $75 Amazon gift certificate.
Here is how the final voting broke down. Unfortunately, I didn't receive votes back from all of the judges (agents not returning email - go figure!), but even without those votes we were able to determine a winner.
|Allison Devereux - Commando Grace|
|Cheryl Pientka - Commando Grace|
|Christopher Rhodes - MissWriteNow|
|Dan Koboldt - Commando Grace|
|Dawn Frederick - MissWriteNow|
|Ella Kennen - na|
|Katelyn Detweiler - Commando Grace|
|Laura Maisano - Commando Grace|
|Lauren Oliver - na|
|Lydia Moed - Commando Grace|
|Marisa Corvisiero - na|
|Mark Hough - MissWriteNow|
|Michelle Johnson - Commando Grace|
|Russell Connor - Commando Grace|
|Sara B. Larson - Commando Grace|
|Sarah Negovetich - Commando Grace|
|Saritza Hernandez - na|
|Shannon Hassan - MissWriteNow|
|Tex Thompson - Commando Grace|
|Tiana Smith - Commando Grace|
The critiques from our celebrity judges have been forwarded to Amy and Lisa, so lets hope they put them all to good use.
And there you have it. Congratulations to both of our finalist, and a virtual high-five to Lisa for becoming the fifth member of an elite club - WRiTE CLUB champ. Looking forward to meeting you in person at next years DFW Conference to help us crown our next champion!
I want to again thank all 171 contestants who submitted their work for scrutiny this year, everyone who blogged, Tweeted, updated their Facebook status, or did whatever they could to spread the word about WRiTE CLUB so we could provide the exposure to these writers they so richly deserve, and finally I want to thank my wife Kim -- without who's support this contest would be impossible.
I'll be back Wednesday with a final few words and a 2015 wrap up. See you then.