Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ReFoReMo 2017 Bonus Winners & Call for Submissions

After the challenge is over each year, we delight in hearing how ReFoReMo has helped you grow as writers, illustrators, and educators.  Words like these inspire us to keep going:

Kristen Browing says:
"I have loved studying the language in the mentor texts. It is so inspiring to read beautiful writing. It has also been wonderful to read books that I probably would not have selected on my own and to read biographies of people with whom I was not familiar. This challenge really does expand my horizons and makes me want to work harder to be a better writer. Thanks for everything. Although I actually kept up with the reading/commenting this year, I appreciate your giving us extra time at the end here, if we needed it. Can't wait to do it again next year!"

Natalie Lynn Tanner says:
"REFOREMO LADIES: What didn't I learn? What posts didn't teach me? What books didn't speak directly to me? How was I not inspired and encouraged with my own writing? EVERYTHING, EVERY BOOK, EVERY POST taught me invaluable lessons TOO NUMEROUS to count! The month of ReFoReMo might be over, but what I am taking away from it will continue to be with me, inspiring me and guiding my pen! THANK YOU for SUCH AN AMAZINGLY INSPIRING JOURNEY! Whether or not I win one of the AWESOME prizes the presenters have SO GENEROUSLY donated, I am walking away a WINNER with ALL I have learned and the NUMEROUS ways I have grown as a writer, reader, and researcher! THANK YOU, EVERYONE!!!"

If you are shaking your head in agreement, we'd love to hear your deeper revelations in the form of a blog post. Every year, we sponsor a series on the blog called Revealing ReFoReMo. It is open to ReFoReMo participants who are interested in sharing the glory of mentor texts, research methods, specific revelations, or anything else related to your ReFoReMo experience. Submissions should be 600 words or less (including your 50 word or less bio) and attached as a .doc or .docx.  If your submission is chosen, you will also be asked for a jpeg headshot and any other .jpeg images you would like to feature.  To be considered for online publication at the ReFoReMo blog, please send your submission to Carrie and Kirsti.  

Here are a few great examples from this series:
Author Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Poet Lori Gravely
And a whole slew more on the first ReFoReMo blogsite!

We are excited to feature your experiences!

ReFoReMo in and of itself is a prize. We are so thankful for our dedicated ReFoReMo 2017 Team! The varied perspectives and stellar recommendations help us see picture books from many angles.

The prize drawing winners for the 2017 ReFoReMo Picture Book Challenge are as follows: 
(Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post. You'll find a surprise!)

Two winners of the Mentor Texts for Writers eBooks from Marcie Flinchum Atkins

-Kay Slowey-Sly-    -Ree Augustine-

Thirty Minute Skype Session with Matthew Winner
-Heather Stigall-

One Copy of Arnie the Doughnut or We Are Growing! by Laurie Keller
-Therese Nagi-   

Winners Choice: Book or Critique from Heidi Stemple
 -Angie Quantrell-

Picture Book Quick Look Critique from Carrie Charley Brown
  -Kim Ball-

Two Winners of Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code from Meredith Mundy
-Charlotte Dixon-   -Jodi McKay- 

William Hoy Story & Teacher’s Guide from Nancy Churnin
-Linda Kulp Trout-

One Signed Copy of Turkey book from Wendi Silvano
-Susie Sawyer-

One Signed Copy If I Had a Little Dream from Nina Laden
-Nicki Jacobsmeyer-

One Signed Copy of The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall from Kirsti Call
-Frances Moshos Kalavritinos-

One Copy of May I Have a Word? from Caron Levis
-Traci Bold-

One Copy of Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs from Linda Vander Heyden
-Joana Pastro-

One Signed Copy of Antoinette from Kelly DiPucchio
-Elizabeth Curry-

Picture Book Critique or Query Letter Critique from Katey Howes
-Susan Bruck-

Thirty Minute Query Improvement Phone Consultation from Danielle Smith
-Alice Fulgione-

Picture Book Critique from Vivian Kirkfield
-Robin Keeler-

One Copy of Plants Can’t Sit Still from Rebecca Hirsch
-Dee Knabb-

One Copy of Laundry Day, plus Poster/Bookmarks from Jessixa Bagley
-Lauri Meyers-

Winner’s Choice of Course: Hero’s Art Journey, Scrivener (course), or Writing Wonderful Character-Driven Picture Books from Mira Reisberg
-Artemis Roehrig-

Pacing Picture Books class from Jodell Sadler
-Stephanie Gray-

One Copy of Reading PB with Children from Yolanda Scott
-Lynne Marie-

Winners will be notified by email to coordinate prize delivery. Thanks again to our presenters for their time and expertise, as well as these bonus prize donations!

I delight in helping writers grow and have been offering fiction picture book manuscript critiques professionally for the last three years. As a special bonus to you, I am offering ReFoReMo participants $25 off critique services if reserved before April 30. The critiques will run as far out as my calendar allows. Current prices and services are detailed HERE. To take advantage of this limited-time discount, contact Carrie HERE. Please mention your participation in ReFoReMo along with your picture book writing experience/training, and a pitch for your project, including word count.  I will respond with availability and payment information. 

For the remainder of the year, we are ReFoRe...Reading for Research. After a two week blog break, your blog posts will come every Tuesday. There will be plenty of recommendations and perspectives throughout the month. This will include author studies, Revealing ReFoReMo, featured picture books, and a monthly challenge element to study. We hope you will continue on your research path. There's always more to learn!  

Congratulations on your participation!

Carrie & Kirsti


  1. Congratulations to all the winners!!

  2. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all who participated by posting comments on the daily posts. I look forward to future ReFoReMo blog posts. Thanks especially to Carrie for your generous offer to participants and to both of you for your ongoing recommendations and perspectives.

  3. Congratulations to everyone who participated this year as we are all winners in the knowledge and insight we gained. An extra congratulations to all winners of the prizes. Thank you Carrie, Kirsti and all of the presenters for a fabulous ReForReMo year.

    Carrie, your bonus offer is fantastic! I am taking you up on it. Thank you so much!

    1. I look forward to helping you with your work, Traci!

  4. Thank you to all who contributed in any way, and Congratulations to everyone!

  5. Congrats to all the winners! Great end to ReFoReMo!
    Thanks Carrie for your added generosity. You and Kristi ran an amazing challenge. Thank you again.

  6. Wonderful! Congratulations to everyone! Thank you for a fabulous month, informative posts, and numerous opportunities to research picture books. March was a growing month for me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. Congratulations to the winners. Thank you, Carrie, Kirsti, guest bloggers, and the ReFoReMo team, for an inspiring month. The tips, advice, and examples pushed me to keep BIC. ReFoReMo follows me throughout the year as I travel my road in writing. Thank you for all you do for the writing community!

  8. Congrats to all of the winners, organizers, and participants!!! This was my first ReFoWriMo and I thoroughly enjoyed it, learned a ton, and was impressed with the whole shebang. Well done!

    1. Ack--ReFoReMo of course! Sorry for the typo. Commenting while entertaining my three year old has its limitations!! ;)

  9. Thanks to all the organizers and contributors (including the authors and illustrators of the most amazing mentor books.) ReFoReMo came highly recommended and did not disappoint one whit. Plus thanks for the awesome prize(!!!), and congrats to everyone.

  10. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to Carrie and Kirsti for running ReFoReMo.

  11. I love ReFoReMo..I discover so many pbs that somehow escaped my notice. And what makes it even better is that each blog post pinpoints some aspect of why those particular books makes great mentor texts. Thanks to the entire ReFoReMo team! Congrats to the winners! And see you all in the stacks!

    1. The education behind mentor texts is endless! So happy to hear that ReFoReMo works for you, Vivian. We are blessed to have you as part of our community. You are a gem!

  12. WOW! It feels SO SPECIAL to see my comment featured in this post! THANK YOU! And I TRULY mean every word of it!!!

    1. Thanks again for your kind words, Natalie! We are so excited that you are part of our community!

  13. I agree - we all are winners. Just picked up another handful of books at the library to take a closer look at.
    Thanks Carrie and Kirsti for another fine month of reading for research.

  14. Congrats to all the winners! And YES, we are all winners!

  15. Thank you Carrie and Kirsti! My first ReFoReMo was a learning adventure. Previously, I was looking at pb, but ReFoReMo has given me new lenses with which to examine text, not just enjoy them. Thank you.

    1. New lenses is the perfect way to explain it, Dee! Kind of like fly lenses with all the perspectives we receive!

  16. Congratulations to all the winners!

  17. Congratulations all you lucky winners!

  18. Congratulations to the winners of prizes, and to all of us for seeing this journey through together! What an accomplishment, to have spent this time working on enriching the craft, and researching what's out there! I really enjoyed myself- thanks, everyone!

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