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Testimonials from a few of the Winners of our
2014 Red City Review Book Awards

 

Grand Prize Winner – The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle by Jedah Mayberry

SONY DSCWhat was your favorite part of entering the Red City Review contest, besides winning?

Confirmation that the story landed, that readers related to the work in a way I hoped they might. It is wonderfully encouraging that some aspect of the story resonated with the judges and your readership. I think I just might keep at this writing thing.

What was your favorite prize or promotion you received from the contest?

Prominent feature in the inaugural print issue of the magazine is more than I could have asked for. My mother, my grandmother and anyone else I could push the issue in front of just raved that they know a real author. That was special.

Were you satisfied with the book review we wrote for your book?

The review was fantastic. It provided a glimpse into the book and the storyline. You also picked up on the string of grandfatherly advice sprinkled throughout the narrative. The Unheralded King is not about me in any meaningful way. Still I took the opportunity to pay a subtle tribute to my grandfather. He would have loved the story mainly because his grandson wrote it. He would also have appreciated the bond Trajan shared with his Grandpa Tuke, would have recognized shadows of the wisdom he had shared with me over the years. I won’t claim to understand what makes the world go ’round. Writing, fiction most notably, provides an excuse to ponder what makes people tick, what keeps our feet glued to this big spinning marble. Speaking in my grandfather’s voice, cast in the form of wisdom shared between Tuke and his grandsons, allows me to think out loud about the world. It’s my therapy.

How would you rate the physical prizes you received?

I have put the stickers to good use. People seem to love signed copies. A signed copy emblazoned with an award certificate sends them over the moon. Lets me play rock star for a minute. The certificate is hanging next to a framed copy of the book cover that the publisher presented to commemorate the pubday. It anchors my wall of achievements reminding me what is possible. And the magazine, the inaugural issue mind you, has become a central part of my book festival display. See photo below from Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Texas.20150411_144757_HDR

Has the contest helped you with book sales/legitimacy as an author/or personal writing goals/confidence?

An author’s bio is his/her calling card. The Red City Review award has given my bio added substance. An industry endorsement from a publication that pays attention to book readers and emphasizes a clear focus on literary intent has done wonders to raise visibility for my work. I thank you from The bottom of my storytelling heart.

 

Memoir/Non-Fiction First Prize Winner – Letting Go Into Perfect Love by Gwendolyn Plano

gwenWhat was your favorite part of entering the Red City Review contest, besides winning?

I was attracted to the possibilities and excited about showcasing my skills with other writers. The RCR staff were supportive and responsive, and I immediately felt “at home.”

What was your favorite prize or promotion you received from the contest?

I appreciated the recognition RCR offered through social media and through their magazine.

Were you satisfied with the book review we wrote for your book?

The review was excellent, very professional and comprehensive.

How would you rate the physical prizes you received?

The physical prizes were lovely reminders of the acknowledgement I had received from RCR. I am very proud to display the certificate, as well as the book stickers. I use the RCR magazine, featuring the 2014 Book Awards, at readings and book displays.

Has the contest helped you with book sales/legitimacy as an author/or personal writing goals/confidence?

The contest spotlighted my book and provided endorsement of my writing skills. For that, I am very grateful. RCR offers legitimacy that all writers seek.

Finally, please feel free to write anything else you enjoyed about our competition that you would like to share with authors who are considering entering this year’s contest.

This is a contest to enter! The RCR staff is committed to supporting writers in all the ways they can—social media and publications. It is an excellent resource for writers.

 

Young Adult/Children’s First Prize Winner – Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf by Dorothea Jensen

dorothea-What was your favorite part of entering the Red City Review contest, besides winning?

I loved getting the review. It was one of the first I received for Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf and it was wonderfully supportive feedback. My Izzy Elf stories in verse are a bit unique, to say the least, and it has been hard to know how they will be received. Needless to say, I was delighted to find that Frizzy entertained someone else, especially someone else knowledgeable about books.

What was your favorite prize or promotion you received from the contest?

I liked the certificate, which I have featured in my blog and have been able to set up as a display (with my other awards) when I do book signings. I will also display it when I start doing classroom talks in conjunction with my new historical novel for kids, A Buss from Lafayette.

Has the contest helped you with book sales/legitimacy as an author/or personal writing goals/confidence?

It’s still too early to see if it influenced my book sales (I consider my Izzy Elf stories to be classics in the making going forward) but it definitely made me feel more confident as an author!

Finally, please feel free to write anything else you enjoyed about our competition that you would like to share with authors who are considering entering this year’s contest.

I found that Red City Review was extremely responsive in answering any questions I had. I plan to enter again as soon as I can!