My first year of participating in the Slice of Life Challenge might have been about the prizes. I saw all the books and thought to myself, “I can write every day, and I want free books.” What I realized over the course of the month was this: it wasn’t about the books. It was about the community and the sense of accomplishment that daily writing provided me. It was also about the heightened awareness that happened within my daily routines because I was paying attention to the nuggets of my interactions and experiences that I’d write about. Each year ever since, I’ve participated, and yes, it was fun to get an April email that said something along the lines of “You’ve won a prize!” But more importantly, I am a writer.
So, let’s get into the details of the 2018 Slice of Life Story Challenge prizes!
The 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) will run from Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 31. Everyone who participates in the adult challenge, not to be confused with 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. Properly linking your post in the comment section of the daily call for Slices is also required. Please remember, do NOT post your link on our SOL info page. Post your link on the daily call for Slices. When you complete the challenge, you will sign a pledge at the end of the month. Prize recipients will be selected randomly at the end of the challenge using a random number generator. Winners will be announced in mid-April.
And so — TA-DA — here is the list of prizes for the 11th Annual SOLSC, all donated by generous publishers and individuals. Please click on the links to visit their pages.
Candlewick Press is donating a prize pack of the following titles to two lucky winners:
Charlesbridge Publishing is donating 2 prize packages of their Spring 2018 books.
Chronicle Books is donating a prize package of four picture books, including Press Here by Herve Tullet, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, and Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle all to one lucky winner.
Cinco Puntos Press
Harper Collins Publishers is donating prize packs of new 2018 middle grade/YA novels.
Heinemann Publishers is donating one of seventeen titles to seventeen lucky winners!
Kids Can Press is donating a prize package of seventeen books to add to one lucky winner’s library!
Win a pack of eight storytelling games for children from Laurence King Publishing including Story Box, Ghost Story Box, Hollow Woods, The Mystery Mansion, Pirate Adventure Dice, Ghost Story Dice, Magic and Fairytale Dice, and Space Travel Dice.
Scholastic is donating four separate prize packs, including:
- Conventions and Craft K-5 by Linda Hoyt (grade-level of winner’s choice)
- Trait Crate Plus K-5 by Ruth Culham (grade-level of winner’s choice)
- The Writing Teacher’s Companion by Ralph Fletcher
- Mastering Short-Response Writing by Alan Sitomer
Simon & Schuster is donating three prize packs of four Young Adult books from the Spring 2018 edition of The Book Pantry.
Stenhouse Publishers is donating ten titles to three winners.
The Prize Packages include the following titles:
Literacy Essentials by Regie Routman, Fair Isn’t Always Equal, Second Edition by Rick Wormeli, Why Write in Math Class by Linda Dacey, Number Sense Routines (Grades 3-5) by Jessica Shumway, Teach Writing Well by Ruth Culham, Beat Boredom by Martha Rush, Practicing Presence by Lisa Lucas, Activate by Katherine Hernandez, Teaching Literature Rhetorically by Jennifer Fletcher, Teaching Arguments by Jennifer Fletcher, To Know and Nurture a Reader by Kari Yates and Christine Nosek
Princeton Architectural Press is donating six spring titles to one lucky winner.
Penguin Young Readers is donating 4 separate prize packs of various new titles. The first prize pack includes 4 picture books, the second includes 5 chapter books, the third is a middle grade collection of 5 books, and the fourth is a collection of 5 new young adult books.
Peachtree Publishers is donating a collection of new picture books including, In the Rain, Kalinka and Grakkle, Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words, and Leaf Litter Critters.
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company is donating two books, The Giver and Art and Max, signed by the authors, Lois Lowry and David Wiesner.
The Macmillan Publishing Company is offering two prize packs of picture books and two prize packs of middle grade/young adult novels for a total of four prizes for four separate slicers.
In addition to these generous publishing companies, we also received donations from individual authors who support the mission of Two Writing Teachers.
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s publishers are graciously donating four of her wonderful books for both children and teachers to four separate winners.
Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, otherwise known as The 2 Sisters, are donating one free attendance to a 2 Sisters Online Seminar of their choice. The winner can choose between a Daily 5, CAFE, or Math Daily 3 specific seminar. They can also choose the month in 2018 in which they would like to participate in the seminar—April through November. For more information about Daily 5, CAFE, and/or Math Daily 3, visit the website www.thedailycafe.com. Follow them @thedailycafe and on Facebook at http://www.facebook/TheDailyCafe.
Jennifer Serravallo is offering your choice of any of her professional books: Reading Strategies, Writing Strategies, Teaching Reading in Small Groups, Conferring with Readers, or either of the Literacy Teachers Playbooks. By prize time, there may be one more book out – Understanding Texts and Readers (though the actual release date is uncertain at this point)
Carrie Cahill is donating 3 separate copies of No More Summer Reading Loss to 3 different slicers. This professional book will give practical advice that is backed up by research on how to stem summer reading loss. Short and easy to read, it is packed with ready to use ideas that are supported by research. Don’t let our kids lose months of reading because of summer vacation!!
Karen Filewych is donating a copy of How Do I Get Them to Write? to 2 winners.
Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan are excited to offer a winner their new book and two books for teachers to use in the classroom as mentor texts: Each Kindness and After the Fall.
Janiel Wagstaff is donating two copies of her book, We Can Do This to 2 separate slicers.
The Intentional Educator is offering two slicers copies of The Intentional Educator Daily Journal, a daily writing journal that encourages and supports reflection, mindfulness and gratitude.
Finally, we also received donations from our own writing community of year-round Slice of Life writers.
Sally Donnelly will send a special moleskin covered journal to hold ALL the stories that only YOU can write and a set of colorful flair markers to keep YOU writing to two lucky winners. Sally is generously donating three prize packages!
Aileen Hower will donate a basket of five of her favorite 2017 MG and YA books.
Erika Victor is donating a copy of The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo because it was one of her most-used resources throughout the year!
Another one of our community members, Emily Culbertson, is donating a copy of 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Precepts, as well as an idea notebook, and a Flair pen.
Just when you thought we couldn’t possibly have more prizes… we do! Keep your eye out for our mid-month challenges. There will be more prizes for those challenge winners, donated by The Highlights Foundation, our friends Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts, authors of DIY Literacy, and our friends Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan.
I am the Writing and Social Studies Coordinator in Simsbury, CT, and I love what I do. I get to write and inspire others to write! Additionally, I am the mom to four fabulous daughters and the wife of a great husband.