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Success Stories

Below are just some (but not all!) of our Fellows Alumnae successes…


J.M. Farkas' (2013) first book, Be Brave: An Unlikely Manual for Erasing Heartbreak – an erasure of Beowolf – was published in early 2018. Her second, How to Be a Poet - an erasure of Ovid's Ars Amatoria, or "The Art of Love," was published in November of 2019. 

Diane Jay's (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's (2015) Voyager's Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek To Interstellar Space was published by Charlesbridge in 2017.

Erika Lewis's (2015) novel Game of Shadows was published by TOR Forge in 2016, and The Color of Dragons was published by Harper Teen in October, 2021. She is currently developing the Tierney Murphy Trials, a new series for the middle grade imprint Starscape at Macmillan to be published in 2021. She has also authored The 49TH Key, an all ages graphic novel from Heavy Metal, and the on-going comic series Firebrand and  Acursian from Legendary Entertainment, as well as #GUARDIAN for Awesome Entertainment in the U.K.

Eugenie (Janie) Havemeyer (2016) sold her picture book based on the life of Bessie Stringfield to The Creative Company/Creative Editions. 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 2019 included Chinese Immigrants: In Their Shoes and Infected! She has also sold two poems to Highlights HELLO magazine.

Janice Milusich's (2016) fiction piece was published in Spider magazine, 2019.

Isabelle Marinov's (2017) Scarlett & The Snail was published by Rockpool Children's Books. In 2021, The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars, a picture book biography about American astronomer Edwin Hubble, illustrated by Deborah Marcero, was published by Enchanted Lion and received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly, and Leo and the Octopus was published by Templar Publishing. Both books have enjoyed robust foreign sales and have been translated into several different languages. Liquid Geometry, a picture book biography about Madeleine Vionnet is scheduled for publication in 2023 at Enchanted Lion Books. Her middle grade novel, Boy Underground, will be published by Sweet Cherry Publishing in 2022.  

Tracy Brown's (2019) picture book, Sarah's Solo, with illustrations by Paula Wegman, was published by Kalaniot Books in March, 2021.


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

Janice Milusich (2016) honor recipient in Austin SCBWI's Creators of Diverse Worlds contest, May 2019. 

Elise Zied (2017) an excerpt from her young adult novel, It Was the Music, placed sixth in the children’s/young adult category of the 88th annual Writer’s Digest annual writing contest. 

Teen Liu (2018) awarded the first Vivian Grey scholarship from Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature.

Agent Representation

J.M. 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

Janice Milusich (2016) Erica Christensen of Metamorphosis Literary

Isabelle Marinov (2017) Silvia Molteni at Peters Fraser + Dunlop

Teen Liu (2018) Rachel Orr of Prospect Agency 

Tracy Brown (2019) Gwen Beal, William Morris Endeavor

Acceptances to other programs

Diane Jay (2014) pursuing doctorate at Southern Methodist University. Concentration: healing the mind through creativity.

Rebecca Randall (2016) VCFA's MFA in Kidlit.

Elisa Zied (2016) VCFA's MFA in Kidlit.

Jessica DeHart (2016) NYU’s Creative Writing MFA

Industry Positions

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.

Timothy Horan (2014) Editor-in-Chief of VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) national magazine

Sarah Azzarra (2016) faculty at Stony Brook University

Stephanie Reese (2016) faculty at Stony Brook University