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Shutta’s Scholarship Solution to the Winter Doldrums!

Shutta’s Scholarship Solution to the Winter Doldrums!

If you are interested in attending the 2018 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City, but feel you can’t afford it—think again. The scholarship I fund will send someone off to the wintery wilds of New York from February 2-4, 2018. And to top it off, SCBWI-MI will pay the awardee’s airfare! You can’t beat that!

 

I will pay the full early-bird registration fee for a Michigan SCBWI member to attend. The qualifying rules are listed on the application form which is posted on the Michigan SCBWI website and HERE.  Applications will be taken now up until midnight Oct. 20, 2018. Due to changes in the format, attendance will be limited and recipients will need to act fast if chosen.  So make your decision now! The winner will be drawn at random and notified soon after the 20th.

 

SCBWI-MI will reimburse the scholarship winner for the cost of airfare. (There will be a cap on the maximum coverage of the airfare.)

 

The conference is Feb. 2-4, 2018. Early bird registration starts in October. See the national SCBWI site at: http://www.scbwi.org  for conference details. You never know what magical thing might happen to you there!

 

Any questions, feel free to contact Shutta Crum, or coRA Leslie Helakoski at: leslie  AT helakoskibooks  DOT  com , or check out the application at the Mich-SCBWi webpage.

 

Past winners (since 2011) have included: Amy Nielander, Kelly Barson, Vicky Lorencen, Elizabeth McBride, Taraneh Matloob, Lindsey McDivitt, and Andrea Donahoe.

DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE

 

I hope you take advantage of this opportunity!

Cheers!

Shutta

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SCBWI: Book Blast for William and the Witch’s Riddle

SCBWI: Book Blast for William and the Witch’s Riddle

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators: Book Blast season:  here’s mine!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Shutta Crum
Illustrator(s): Lee Wildish
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books)
ISBN-13: 9781101932698
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Category: Middle Grade

WILLIAM AND THE WITCH’S RIDDLE

Synopsis:

A charming re-imagination of Sleeping Beauty in which a boy must solve a witch’s riddle in order to save his family and end a centuries-long curse.

William and his little brother, Pinch, have been left alone ever since their mother disappeared and their father went to look for her. When William is visited by a witch named Morga, it seems their lives might be in danger unless they help the witch solve a riddle and find a dark family heirloom.

William sets out on a quest into the heart of the Old Forest. There his mother rests in the sleep of an ancient curse, her only companions an odd fellow who wakes up a different size every day and a tiny dragon.

. . .

5

Thanks!
Shutta

Missing Dad

Missing Dad

Dad in hat, about 1949

 

A poem about traveling to Kentucky for Dad’s funeral.  Miss him!

FUNERAL PROCESSION

 

December is leafless—

and the ridges south of the river reveal scars.

The snow resting on their flanks is dry and airy.

It slides off bony-shouldered outcroppings

like a thin hospital gown, and gathers in the folds

of the mountains.

 

We are following the rail lines south.

The rail lines follow the river.

The river follows the curve of mountains.

The mountains follow the corded veins of coal.

 

We drive into the coming night

following Father’s coffin home.

Lights flicker on in the coalfields.

Along the railroad track cracked coal,

as sharp as a man’s dying, await loading.

 

I trace these mountains against my heart.

They are old and crook-backed,

and as knotted with sorrow as my father’s hands.

I push my knuckles—hard—into my chest.

This night is overwhelmed by hush;

the faded hospital gown slipping,

the breath falling . . . and falling away.

Shutta