Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2013 New Voices Award Winner Announced!

May I share the limelight with you, Mr. Magnifico? © 2013 Sylvia Liu

Today I am beyond excited to announce that I WAS SELECTED AS THE WINNER OF THE LEE AND LOW 2013 NEW VOICES AWARD (click the link to see the announcement). So excited that fresh words fail me so I shall resort to cliches:


I'm over the moon

Words cannot describe….

I am jumping with joy


SQUEEEE!!!




The prize for winning this contest is $1000 and a publishing contract with Lee and Low Books, an award-winning publisher that focuses on multicultural stories. My picture book story is A MORNING WITH GONG GONG, in which a grandfather and his granddaughter share their love and humor while teaching each other their respective talents in t'ai chi and yoga. 

I'm truly honored to be a part of this award, which aims to increase the number of authors of color in children's publishing.

In a bit of a twist, my first book contract will be as an author rather than an illustrator. I have considered myself an illustrator for longer than an author, but it was because I wanted to illustrate my own stories that I started studying and figuring out how to write them.


This wouldn't have been possible without the support of my family and my critique group. I'll provide more details in the future. But for now, let's dance around the room and celebrate!




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29 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Sylvia!! Happy for you.

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  2. Happy-dancing right along with you! Happy, happy, happy! :D

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  3. Fantastic, Sylvia! And so well deserved! Congratulations!!!

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  4. This couldn't be better.Congratulations! :)

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  5. CONGRATULATIONS, MY FRIEND!!! Well deserved!! xo :)

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  6. Oh, Sylvia! I am thrilled for you!!! This "next step" for you is just tremendous!
    Congratulations! I'm so happy that we met. Best wishes on all future writing and illustrating!

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  7. I've expressed my feelings elsewhere, but you know I am over here in Texas dancin' up a storm. Soooooo HAPPY for you!

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  8. This is so exciting. You deserve to enjoy this moment. Great things lie ahead for you. What a wonderful thought! Congratulations, Sylvia.

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  9. Amazing news, Sylvia. Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you!
    - Carrie

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  10. Brava! for the author & Bravo! for A MORNING WITH GONG GONG.
    It will be a fabulous read & a lively book to look at from this doubly-talente literary & visual artist! thank you for sharing Sylvia!

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  11. How thrilling! Doing a happy dance for ya! :0)

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  12. Wonderful news and am looking forward to seeing your story in print! Congratulations!

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  13. Thank you all so much for the well wishes! It's so great to be able to share this news to such a warm and supportive community.

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  14. Again, congratulations! I'm SOOOO happy for you, Sylvia!

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  15. Happy Snoopy dancing for you Sylvia!

    Huzzah!!!

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  16. This is WONDERFUL news! So happy for you, Sylvia! Congratulations!

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  17. I'm so proud of and happy for you! Completely deserved, Sylvia! Off you goooooo! :)

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  18. Fantastic news! So happy for you, Sylvia!

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  19. Good gravy, I'd pulled this up earlier in the day to share on my FB writer's page and then completely flaked commenting. You already know I think you're brilliant and totally deserved this win, so I'm giving you virtual hugs and a toast to your future success, of which there will be many!!!!
    xo

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  20. Again, congratulations Sylvia! I can't wait to read it when it comes out!

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  21. Oh my goodness! How exciting! Congratulations to you.

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  22. I'm so happy for you, Sylvia! Congratulations!

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