Below are just some (but not all!) of our Fellows Alumnae successes…
Julie ("J.M.") Farkas (2013) has a two-book contract with Andrews McMeel Publishing. The first book, Be Brave: An Unlikely Manual for Erasing Heartbreak – an erasure of Beowolf – was published in early 2018.
Diane Jay (2014) “The Institutionalized Wrath Writes: Why I Write.” Temptations - Seven Deadly Sins (Lost Tower, 2016) “Perfect Day Begins” Confluence (The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies, 2016)
Alexandra Siy (2015) Voyager's Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek To Interstellar Space, (Charlesbridge, 2017)
Erika Lewis (2015) novel Game of Shadows was published by TOR Forge in 2016. She is currently developing the Tierney Murphy Trials, a new series for the middle grade imprint Starscape at Macmillan. She has also authored The 49TH Key, an all ages graphic novel from Heavy Metal, and the on-going comic series Firebrand and Cursed from Legendary Entertainment.
Eugenie (Janie) Havemeyer (2016) sold her picture book based on the life of Bessie Stringfield to The Creative Company/Creative Editions. It will be published in 2021. In addition, she had two books published in 2018 through Norwood House Press: Should Kids Wear School Uniforms? and Should Kids Get Allowance? New titles in Spring 2019 will be Chinese Immigrants: In Their Shoes and Infected! She has also sold two poems to Highlights HELLO magazine.
Isabelle Marinov's (2017) has three picture books in various stages of publication. Scarlett & The Snail was published by Rockpool Children's Books. The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars, a picture book biography about American astronomer Edwin Hubble, illustrated by Deborah Marcero, is being published by Enchanted Lion and Leo and the Octopus is being published by Innovation Press.
Janas Byrd (2013) Florida SCBWI Rising Kite Award - Honorable Mention
Julie Gribble (2013) 2017 Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy from Reader to Reader for Kidlit TV.
Lauren LeBlanc (2015) SCBWI’s Work in Progress Award
Alexandra Siy (2015) 2018 NSTA BEST STEM Book Award, 2018 AAAS/ Subaru Science Books and Films Prize Finalist, 2018 Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year, Blue Ribbon Winner Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
Julie Farkas (2013) Kerry Sparks at Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency
Gali (Grace) Friedman (2014) Nancy Gallt from Gallt & Zacker
Jake Rideout (2014) Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Erika Lewis (2015) Sally Wofford-Girand at Union Literary
Alexandra Siy (2015) Susan Schulman Literary
Acceptances to other programs
Diane Jay (2014) pursuing doctorate at Southern Methodist University. Concentration: healing the mind through creativity.
Rebecca Randall (2016) accepted into VCFA MFA in Kidlit.
Elisa Zied (2016) accepted into VCFA MFA in Kidlit.
Jessica DeHart (2016) accepted to NYU’s Creative Writing MFA
Julie Gribble (2013) founded KidLit TV, winner of the 2017 Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy from Reader to Reader. Presenter at SCBWI, 21st Century Non-fiction, and TLA.
Jaime Mott (2013) interned at New Leaf Literary and Folio Literary. She is now Associate Children’s Librarian at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor.
Sarah Azzarra (2016) faculty at Stony Brook University
Stephanie Reese (2016) faculty at Stony Brook University