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Got Kudos?

Around the first of each month, we post members' news of sales, acceptances, contest wins, and other writerly good news.
      Send a brief notice to veda@vedaboydjones.com by the 25th of each month about your news. Remember, the deadline is the 25th of each month.
      To keep it simple, write your news in third person, such as: "Veda Boyd Jones sold a short story, "The Mistletoe Caper," to Woman's World—issue dated December 26, 2022." If you've sold a book, be sure to mention the publisher and when the book will be released.
      Our goal is for members to develop a community of writers who celebrate and are inspired by each other's good news.

June Kudos. Congratulations!

Billie Holladay Skelley's book, Bass Reeves: Legendary Lawman of the Wild West, has been selected as a finalist in the Nonfiction-Children's and Young Adult Category of the 34th annual Midwest Book Awards. Gold winners will be announced at the Midwest Book Awards Gala on June 22, 2024 at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. It also received received Honorable Mention in the Middle Reader Category of the 2024 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, and it was selected as the winner in the Children's/Juvenile (Non-Fiction) Category of the 2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Billie's nonfiction entry, "Live Like the Violet," also received a Silver Award, and her poem, "A Neutral Life," received a Gold Award in the 2024 Crowder Quill Literary Contest. Her article, "Facing the Sun," also won first place in Category 6 of the 2024 Oklahoma Writers' Federation Inc. (OWFI) Writing Contest.

David Harrison had a busy spring. He gave a poetry workshop to the St. Louis Writers Guild, paired with "Aunt" Norma Champion for a program in Marshfield, read poems in a Springfield park as part of a Missouri Humanities program, delivered the keynote at the spring OWL meeting, visited two schools, was interviewed on a TV station in St. Louis and two radio stations in Springfield, and read an original poem as a featured part of Drury University's 2024 commencement. The latter event was attended by some 2,300 people.