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SOLSC Prize Announcement

sols_6It’s my pleasure to announce the winners of the prizes from the Sixth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Yet again, I ran into a good problem this year.  More people sliced and linked daily than I have prizes to give away.  I’m delighted so many people kept up with the challenge.  I only wish there were prizes for everyone.  However, I cannot anticipate how many people will slice daily (and all of the prizes are donated) so, alas, not everyone will receive a prize.

Before I announce the prize recipients, please, PLEASE, P-L-E-A-S-E make sure you filled out the Slicer Data Form last month.  If you didn’t fill it out or aren’t sure AND you won a prize, then click here to fill it out right now.  This will ensure your prize gets shipped to you in a timely manner, especially if you are part of a group prize from a company (e.g., Scholastic) since I don’t release the names/addresses of the winners to a company until I have everyone’s contact information.  If you don’t feel comfortable inputting your name and address on the form, then you may e-mail it directly to me at stacey{at}staceyshubitz{dot}com.

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A Year of Reading: a hardcover, grape Ecosystem notebook: Tammy


Linda Baie (a fellow Slicer): a copy of The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry: Mrs. Surridge


Candlewick Press: a set of Stink books (Stinks 1 – 8) including the newest Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout: Maria Selke


Choice Literacy:

  • Three separate 3-month subscription to Choice Literacy: bridhidk28, Tani Brown, and writekimwrite
  • Franki Sibberson’s book The Joy of Planning: GirlGriot
  • Ruth Shagoury and Andie Cunningham’s DVD Write from the Start: Heidi Heinish
  • Aimee Buckner’s DVD Mentor TextsRachel S. (Edited at 5:02 p.m.: As I was going through sending out the prize notifications, I realized I never picked anyone for this prize.  Therefore, there’s now a winner!)


Chronicle Books: five books + five journals: b, Cathy, debbussewitz, Jennifer M., and Rachel Z.


Ali Edwards: one 31 Things Workshop: aggiekesler



  • Hidden Gems by Katherine Bomer:  Ellen Spears
  • How’s It Going by Carl Anderson: Peg D.
  • The Common Core Writing Book, K-5 by Gretchen Owocki: Michelle Haseltine
  • What a Writer Needs, 2nd Edition by Ralph Fletcher (This was a prize for two of our late entrants who sliced daily once they began the Challenge.): Beth Rogers and krystinnicole.


Deanna Herman (a fellow Slicer): a prize pack filled with: The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories by Jennifer Hallissy, a package of assorted colored Ink Joy ballpoint pens for effortless writing, a Hallmark notepad, and a package of black and white file bands to secure notebooks/binders: Melanie Meehan

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Pamela Hodges (a fellow Slicer): an original painting, The Primary Cat.  Acrylic on Canvas, size 20×20: Jaana


Kids Can Press: a complete set of Scaredy Squirrel books by Melanie Watt: Kristen


Jennifer Mitchell (a fellow Slicer): a shadowbox of writing inspiration she made with some quotes about writing: Christine Margocs

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Responsive Classroom:

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Scholastic: 15 copies (i.e., one book for 15 separate people) of their new hardcover picture books (e.g., America the Beautiful: Together We Stand, Jangles: A Big Fish Story, Polar Bear Morning, Tabby McTat: The Musical Cat, and Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad) published in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.

  1. Andrea Payan
  2. Betsy
  3. C. Crouch
  4. Chris H.
  5. crobertson10210
  6. Deb Day
  7. Erin Johnson
  8. Jodi Mahoney
  9. Judy C.
  10. Lynn
  11. Miss Moyer
  12. nzshamm
  13. readingtothecore
  14. Robin
  15. Two years and finishing strong

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Margaret Simon (a fellow Slicer): a copy of her book, Blessen: Laura Komos

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Donna Smith (a fellow Slicer): custom designed mug using Tagxedo and Zazzle, imprinted with random (but key) words from the winner’s March blog posts: kkoehler


Tara Smith (a fellow Slicer since 2010): a copy of Book Love by Penny Kittle: karidyer


Stenhouse: five books.  Five separate winners will each receive one book of their choosing: AJF, Beth Scanlon, Mrs. V., Paul, and Terje


The 2 Sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser: five of one-year memberships: Delilah, Jackie Hayworth Hoy, Julie, peanutrwco, and Ruth Chandler Ferris


Alan Wright (a slicer since 2009): a copy of his book, Igniting Writing –When A Teacher Writes: Elsie

I truly hope you’ll continue to be part of our writing community every Tuesday and next March even if you didn’t win a prize.  After all, everyone who fully participated won a prize by writing daily and by getting feedback on their writing from others.

Finally a HUGE thank you to Christy Rush-Levine who kept track of everyone who wrote and linked daily.  This was a GIGANTIC undertaking.  If it weren’t for Christy, I’d still be cross-checking the people who sliced/linked daily.  Thanks to her, this prize post is up in a timely manner!

26 thoughts on “SOLSC Prize Announcement

  1. Congratulations, everyone (including me!)! My excellent prize arrived today (so glad I picked up the mail before the drenching rain arrived). As others have said, being able to post every day was the real prize for me. Posting, reconnecting with familiar slicers and meeting new ones. The best prizes ever. I’m already looking forward to next year!


  2. Congrats to everyone who commented! I really appreciated feedback. Thanks for hosting, Ruth and Stacey. Christy, thanks for helping. I had more fun this year with slicing. It has been wonderful!


  3. Wow! Thanks to Linda for the gift, and to Stacey and Ruth for the opportunity to encourage my students (and me) to blog everyday. On April 1, during our Easter vacation I had two BOYS(!) blog saying that they were really missing the Slice of Life already. Made my heart smile. 🙂


  4. Awesome surprise to win a prize!!! I’m so very excited! I just have to chime in that this challenge was such a reward as it stands. The community of writers here is in a word: amazing! Thank you so much for hosting all of us and an extra thanks for all the hard work, donations, and record keeping it took to get it off the ground and keep it going. You all rock!


  5. It was a great month of slicing! Thank you Ruth and Stacey for hosting and encouraging! Thanks also to Christy for all the record keeping. It was a nice surprise to win something!


  6. Wow….completing the challenge was my goal…and now a prize too!!! This was my first time, so I was really surprised…and excited. Thanks to Ruth and Stacey….I know this had to have been quite an undertaking…and it was done well and with grace. I found so many blogs to read…and I am still finding them as I participate in the Tuesday slices. What a wonderful experience…and with so many talented and helpful people…writers in their own write. (Stolen from John Lennon)


  7. So exciting! I don’t know which feels better, winning a prize or giving one away! 🙂 A HUGE THANKS to Ruth, Stacey, Christy, and everyone else who was involved with the organization & maintenance of the challenge!!! This is truly one of my most favorite activities, and this year it was even sweeter because I was able to share it with my students in the Classroom Challenge!


  8. It was such a great challenge! I was so impressed with how many writers participated this year. I will add to the chorus – thank you, Stacey and Ruth! And to Christy, for tracking all the slicers. Great work & great fun to participate!


  9. It was a challenge to write, but I did it, and feel good about it. Thank you, Ruth, Stacy and fellow slicers. A gigantic thanks to Christy.


  10. Thank you! What a sweet bonus to actually win something! That’s awesome 🙂 I am listed as a winner of the 3 month subscription to Choice Literacy. I’m not sure if it matters, but there is a typo on my name. It still links to my blog, but just in case.. My handle is brighidk28.. It’s listed above as bridhigk28. Thanks again to Christy and to everyone who makes SOL such a successful and meaningful experience.


  11. YAY! I won a great prize, but you are right the biggest prize was slicing every. single. day. in March. I can hardly wait until next March! Thank you Ruth and Stacey and all that helped!


  12. I’m thrilled to win a prize, but the real prize was completing the challenge itself, all the supportive feedback from fellow slicers, and new-found friends. Thank you, Stacey and Ruth, for providing this opportunity. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.


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