Joan Lowery Nixon Award Finalist

I’m woefully behind on my blog posts. There’s good stuff on the way, I promise.

For now, I’m pleased to share that, at the recent 2012 Houston SCBWI conference, I was humbled and flattered that multi-award winning author/illustrator, and TV show creator/producer Dan Yaccarino nominated my picture book biography manuscript for the Joan Lowery Nixon Memorial Award. Wow! Honestly, I was thrilled enough with a fabulous critique with Dan. The award nomination was icing on the literary cake especially when he described the work as “very engaging,” and “fantastic.” Thank you, thank you, Dan Yaccarino!

I’m doubly excited because my dear friend, the talented author Samantha Clark, was also nominated- by Dial editor, Heather Alexander. It was a happy coincidence that Sam and I are great friends, and happened to drive together from Austin, along with Carmen Oliver. Carmen’s prize came a week later when she signed with agent Erzsi Deàk of Hen & Ink: A Literary Studio. My hearty congratulations to my two amigas.

Here’s the Austin SCBWI announcement about the JLN award nomination.
Here’s the Austin SCBWI announcement about Carmen’s agent news.
And here’s the award blurb from the Houston SCBWI site:

The Joan Lowery Nixon Memorial Award was established to honor the writer who so generously shared her time and talents with our members. Joan volunteered to mentor a writer whose manuscript submitted for the SCBWI-Houston conference was deemed nearest publication. Following Joan’s death in 2003, Kathi Appelt, Newbery honor winner for The Underneath, graciously took over the role of mentor.

Each speaker will choose one manuscript that they think is closest to publication. Kathi Appelt will select one of the seven manuscripts and mentor the writer for a year. This is an incredible opportunity! To learn more about the Kathi, please visit

The award winner won’t be announced for a while, but it’s truly an honor just to be nominated.

5 Responses to “Joan Lowery Nixon Award Finalist”

  1. Nikki

    I'm so excited for you, Samantha, and Carmen! I love it when good things happen to truly exceptional people like y'all. 🙂

  2. Donna

    Cyn, Erin, Nikki…thank you sooo much. It truly is an honor just to be nominated. And, boy, is it nice, amid the world of rejections and endless waiting, to have one's work validated in such a nice way.

    Feels good!

  3. Carmen Oliver

    Congratulations, Donna! Like I said before, you and Sam are already award-winners in my book. So glad to see you both receive this acknowledgement for your work!

    And thank you for sharing my good news for agent representation!

    Keep soaring!!