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SOLSC 2018 Prize Winners


It is my pleasure to announce the Eleventh Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge prize winners. All participants who signed up for the challenge, completed the challenge faithfully, and signed our Participant Pledge were eligible for a prize. All winners were chosen using a random number generator. Winners, as well as the generous donors, will be contacted via email within the next ten days.

Each prize is listed as it was in the reveal post with the winner(s) listed in bold blue. Good luck!



Candlewick Press is donating a prize pack of the following titles to two lucky winners. The winners are Cindy Chiu and Vickiela Wright.


Charlesbridge Publishing is donating 2 prize packages of their Spring 2018 books. The winners are Barbara Suter and Mirielle Strasser.





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. The winner is Colleen Flathers.

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The winner of this prize is Shawn Carstensen Hays.

Harper Collins Publishers is donating a prize package of new 2018 middle grade/YA novels. The Winner is Fran McVeigh.


Heinemann Publishers is donating one of seventeen titles to seventeen lucky winners!

The winners are: 

Margaret SimonBack and Forth, Beth HopkinnsFlip Your Writing Workshop, Karen SzymusiakA Novel Approach, Cara WegrzynPoems are TeachersMiguel CastilloHeart MapsAmy RuddRead Write TeachTheresa KeysWriters are ReadersConnie LindseyThe Writing Strategies BookLisa CorbettProject Based WritingAnita FerreriNurturing Informed Thinking, Brittany ButlerJoy WriteErika VictorThe Journey is EverythingMaureen CooperThe Story of Science, Eddie HrenBig Book of DetailsMichelle NeroWriting with MentorsRita DiCarneThe Unstoppable Writing Teachers, and Katy CollinsTeaching Nonfiction Revision

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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 winner is Shelly Keller.

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Kids Can Press

Kids Can Press is donating a prize package of seventeen books to add to one lucky winner’s library! The winner is Cari Bergstrom.

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. The winner is Amanda Potts.


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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. The winners of the picture book package are Brian Rozinsky and Georganna Rapaport. The winners of the middle grade/young adult novels are Benjamin Lafferty and Leslie Loboda.

The MacMillan Publishing Company presents a collection of new middle grade and young adult titles (1)A set of picture books (1)


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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 winner is Christine Margocs.

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Penguin Young Readers is donating 4 separate prize packs of various new titles.

The first prize pack includes 4 picture books. The winner is Celia Fisher. The second includes 5 chapter books. The winner is Diane Anderson. The third is a middle grade collection of 5 books. The winner is Cindy Hjorth. The fourth is a collection of 5 new young adult books. The winner is Jennifer Bless.


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Princeton Architectural Press is donating six spring titles to one lucky winner. The winner is Andrea Clark.




Scholastic is donating four separate prize packs, including:

  • Conventions and Craft K-5 by Linda Hoyt (grade-level of winner’s choice) The winner is Emily Culbertson.
  • Trait Crate Plus K-5 by Ruth Culham (grade-level of winner’s choice) The winner is Sarah Parker.
  • The Writing Teacher’s Companion by Ralph Fletcher The winner is Jennifer Richardson.
  • Mastering Short-Response Writing by Alan Sitomer The winner is Shannon Taggart.



Simon & Schuster is donating three prize packs of four Young Adult books from the Spring 2018 edition of The Book Pantry. The winners are Carol McBroomElena Wetmore, and Michelle Haseltine.

Stenhouse Publishers is donating ten titles to three winners. The winners are Sarah ValterAmelia Vigil, and Bob Hamera.

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

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. The winner of READ, READ, READ is Liz Majino. Dreaming of You goes to Christie Wyman. Poems are Teachers was won by Patricia Palmer. The winner of With my Hands is Kristi Lonheim.

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 Follow them @thedailycafe and on Facebook at http://www.facebook/TheDailyCafe. The winner of this prize is Aileen Hower.

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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). The winner of this prize is Paula Bourque.


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!! The winners are Darlene AndreOna Feinberg, and Fran Haley.

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Karen Filewych is donating a copy of How Do I Get Them to Write?  to 2 winners. The winners are Andrea Clark and Cassie King.Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 6.02.10 AM

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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. The winner is Theresa Keys.



Janiel Wagstaff is donating two copies of her book, We Can Do This to 2 separate slicers. The winners are Carrie Cahill and Jennifer Floyd

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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. The winners are Rose Cappelli and Teri Cote.

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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. Sally is generously donating three prize packages! The winners are Jessica BaranBonnie Kaplan, and Judy Kovalchik.

Aileen Hower will donate a basket of five of her favorite 2017 MG and YA books. The winner is Alex Papp.

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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! The winner is Elisabeth Ellington.

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. The winner is Samantha Marquardt.

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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.

As previously announced, the winner of the Highlights Foundation prize was Vanessa Worrell. The lucky mid-month challenge winner of a Skype session and book with Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie-Roberts was Bryanna Norman.  Also, the winners of a Skype session and book with Clare and Tammy were Tamara Jaimes and Carol Wilcox


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Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts

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Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

18 thoughts on “SOLSC 2018 Prize Winners

  1. I am so excited to receive a prize, books are very hard to come by here in India, so it will be highly treasured. Thank you so much and to quote others, it was just a bonus after a fun month of writing here for the first time….!


  2. Wow! Thank you to everyone at Two Writing Teachers and to Sally Donnelly for the prize! I’m so excited to win something (which never happens to me, seriously) and can’t wait to write in the journal. What fun! 🙂 ~JudyK


  3. I’m so grateful for the experience! And, now, happy to be a prize winner! Yipee! Thank you, Scholastic!! Also, thank you all at Two Writing Teachers for all of your work and time and thoughtful planning.


  4. I’m so grateful for all the work you all do to encourage and celebrate teachers and writing. Thank you so much for all the time you have donated to enrich our lives!


  5. What an amazing smorgasbord of prizes! Thanks to all of those who donated and especially to the TWT for organizing this. The SOL challenge was already a gift; prizes are just the icing on the cake!


  6. Thank you so much! Winning a professional book is the icing on the cake! It has been a long but productive week at school. This is just what I needed to keep me going this weekend! what a lucky Friday the 13th!


  7. What a bonanza! Thank you, Betsy, and everyone at TWT. I do not have the book I won and am excited about reading it; I look forward to thanking Carrie (the gracious donor).


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