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SOLSC Prize Reveal!

TWT SOLSC Prize Image 2015 - V2 copyHave you signed up for the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge?  (Click here to sign up!)

The 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) will run from Sunday, March 1st through Tuesday, March 31st.   Everyone who participates in the challenge (the adult challenge, not the classroom challenge) for all 31 days will be eligible to win a prize at the end of the month.  To win a prize, you will need to write a Slice of Life Story every day during the month of March.  You will need to properly link your post in the comment section of the daily call for Slices.  Please remember, do NOT post your link on our SOL info page.  Post your link on the daily call for Slices.  If you complete the challenge, you will sign a pledge.  Prize recipients will be selected randomly at the end of the challenge using a random number generator.  Winners will be announced on April 15th.

So, are you ready to see the prizes?  Without further adieu (and with a HUGE thank you to all the sponsors), here is the list of over 60 prizes for the 8th Annual SOLSC!  (Please visit our sponsors’ pages by clicking on the pictures or the links.)  In no particular order:


Stenhouse is donating five professional books from their catalog to five separate winners.  Each winner will receive a book of their own choosing.


Kids Can Press is donating a prize pack for one winner containing four books: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki, If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith, and The Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc.

Candlewick Press is donating a set of books from the Stink Series by Megan McDonald, coinciding with its 10th anniversary.


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Chronicle Books is donating one book and one journal to five separate winners.

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Princeton Architectural Press is donating a copy of Worn Stories, edited by Emily Spivack, to one winner.

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Heinemann is donating one copy of Learning from Classmates: Using Students’ Writing as Mentor Texts by Lisa Eickholdt.  The book is being released this April.

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Responsive Classroom is donating three prizes for three separate winners: a copy of The Power of Our Words by Paula Denton, EdD, a copy of The Language of Learning by Margaret Berry Wilson, and a copy of the new edition of The First Six Weeks.

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The 2 Sisters (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) are donating ten prizes.  Five winners will receive a three-month membership to the Daily Cafe website, and five winners will receive a three-month membership to their online classroom conferring program, CCPensieve.

MacMillan is donating a set of 2015 Fierce Reads titles for one winner: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Sekret by Lindsay Smith, Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn, Nil by Lynn Matson, and Shutter by Courtney Alameda.

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Penguin is donating five copies of Linda Mullaly Hunt’s book, Fish in a Tree, for five winners.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is donating five books for five winners: Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington, The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis, Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Diamond Boy by Michael Williams, and We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sunquist.

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Charlesbridge Publishing is donating a collection of picture books from their 2015 Spring collection, 15 books in total.

The one and only author Jacqueline Woodson is donating three autographed copies of her book, Brown Girl Dreaming, to three winners.

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Harper Collins is donating a copy of nonfiction book, Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is donating five copies of The Little Blue Truck and some other swag to five separate winners.


Clare and Tammy, authors of Assessment in Perspective, are donating two Writer’s Survival Kits for two winners.  Each kit contains one Slice of Life journal, a copy of One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon and Dan Britton, some dark chocolate caramels, and a candle.

Jennifer Serravallo is donating an autographed copy of one of her Heinemann professional books.  The winner can choose Conferring with Readers, Teaching Reading in Small Groups, The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook K-2, The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook 3-6, or the forthcoming The Reading Strategies Book (May 2015).

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Author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is donating an autographed copy of her book, Forest Has a Song.

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In addition to all these fabulous prizes, we also received several donations from our own Slice of Life writers:

Author Alan Wright is donating two copies of his book, Searching for Hen’s Teeth: Poetry from the Search Zone.

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Aileen Hower is donating a copy of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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Margaret Simon is donating a copy of her books, Blessen and Illuminate to one winner.

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Jamie Ayres is donating the trilogy of her YA novels: 18 Truths, 18 Things, and 18 Thoughts.

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Sally Donnelly is donating a copy of Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay.


Linda Baie is donating a copy of RIP The Page: Adventures of Creative Writing by Karen Benke.

Charles Ghigna is donating a copy of his book, I See Spring.

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Stacie is donating three writing journals to three separate winners.

Lisa Corbett is donating a new picture book.

As if those prizes weren’t enough, we also have two mid-month challenges planned along the way.  The prizes for the winners of those challenges are amazing – you won’t want to miss it!  The mid-month challenge prizes were donated by Peachtree PublishersStenhouse and the Highlights Foundation.



More information about these fabulous prizes will be forthcoming as the challenge gets under way.

If you were not feeling inspired to join the challenge, I hope you are now!  (Although you will soon learn the real rewards of participating in this challenge do not come in the mail.)

Thank you, once again, to our wonderful sponsors.  Your support is greatly appreciated by all of our readers.

Dana Murphy View All

Literacy Coach, Reader, Writer

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