2015 Contest Winners !
The results are in! We had a great group of young authors this year - over 900 accepted entries from 46 states and 23 countries! The judges have decided, and here are this year's young authors to be published in the 2015 edition of Bluefire.
Caroline Bailey, Palo Alto, CA - $1000 High School Scholarship Winner
Isabel Williams, Mill Valley, CA - $1000 Middle School Scholarship Winner
Rosalynne Jones, Leemore, CA - 6th Grade Prize Winner
Sophia Nevle Levoy, San Jose, CA - 8th Grade Prize Winner
Paco Poler, San Francisco, CA - 9th Grade Prize Winner
Emma Eisler, Menlo Park, CA - 10th Grade Prize Winner
Max Huang, Katy, TX - 12 Grade Prize Winner
Riddhi Agrawal (New Delhi, India), Gloria Zhang (Longmeadow, MA), Mollie Lattimore (Barnhart, MO), Isabella Ronchetti (Florence, Italy), Kayla Wagonfeld (Hillsborough, CA), Danica Chen (San Diego, CA), Audrey Chin (San Francisco, CA), Danuta Mazur (Cracow, Poland), Melinda Shehee (Naperville, IL), Lauren Yun (Ashburn, VA), Jenna Bao (Cincinnati, OH), Katherine Ekrote (Suwanee, GA), Miranda Sun (Wilmette, IL), Katherine Liu (Lincolnshire, IL), Jennifer Buhmann (Wheaton, IL), Janece Williams (Raleigh, NC), Caroliine Groves (Rochester, MN), Molly Baxter (Menlo Park, CA).
Congratulations to all our young authors! We look forward to seeing you at the Award Celebration on May 3rd.
2015 Award Celebration - Join Us!
This year's Bluefire Award Celebration will be held on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, from 1-3PM. Once again, we will be at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, CA. Many of our 2015 Bluefire authors will read their stories, Guest Speaker and YA author Terri Farley will answer questions and speak about being an author, followed by a mixer with refreshments. And you'll be able to pick up a copy of the 2015 edition of Bluefire. The event is free, but seats are limited, so please reserve yours now. You can register below through Eventbrite. Please join us to celebrate our young authors.
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Contest Judges and Award Ceremony Speaker Announced
We are honored to have four prominent Young Adult authors participating in our 2015 $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest! Read their bios and link to their websites below.
Terri Farley to be 2015 Award Celebration Guest Speaker
We are happy to announce that Terri Farley will be our guest speaker at the 2015 Bluefire Award Celebration, to be held Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, from 2-4 PM at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, CA. Terri is the best-selling author of the PHANTOM STALLION series for young readers and a contemporary Celtic fantasy nominated as a YALSA best book. She was honored by the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and her HarperCollins books have sold more than two million copies in 28 countries.
Farley is an advocate for the West’s wild horses and works with young people learning to make their voices heard. Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them, her first work of non-fiction, is due out from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt Fall 2015.
In addition to being our guest speaker, Terri will be a first-round judge for our 2015 writing competition. Thanks Terri!
Tamara Ireland Stone is our 2015 Guest Judge
We are honored to announce Tamara Ireland Stone as our 2015 Guest Judge. The guest judge is responsible for making the hard choice to select the $1000 scholarship winners for the $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest out of the pool of seven grade-level winners selected by our Editorial Committee.
Tamara is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which has been published in over twenty countries to widespread acclaim, and hailed as "an exciting debut novel" by Booklist and "a warm, time bending romance" by Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by CBS Films. Her next novel, Every Last Word, is about a teen girl with OCD who’s hiding part of herself from the world, until she discovers a secret poetry club that changes her in unexpected ways. Every Last Word releases on June 16, 2015.
A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco. Visit her website at www.tamarairelandstone.com.
Lindsay Tam Holland Joins the Bluefire Editorial Committee
Lindsay Tam Holland, our 2014 Award Celebration guest speaker and YA author, has joined the Bluefire Editorial Committee. The Editorial Committee is responsible for selecting the content of our journal and picking the grade-level winners of the $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest. Lindsay was a very popular speaker at last year's award celebration, and we're honored to have her continued involvement in our organization.
Lindsay Tam Holland was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of San Francisco's MFA program. She used to teach high school English and coach water polo, but now she mostly folds laundry, makes mac&cheese, and thinks about what she could be writing if she weren't folding laundry and making mac&cheese. Her debut YA novel, The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong, was recently published and has for unknown reasons not yet been made into a major motion picture. Thanks, Lindsay!
Author Veronica Wolff Joins the 2015 Judging Panel
Our thanks to author Veronica Wolff for joining our judging panel for the 2015 $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest! Veronica is an award-winning, bestselling author with a soft spot for kilts, mountains, beaches, and vampires. Not necessarily at the same time. She lived everywhere from Texas, to Hawaii, to India, before finally settling in Northern California. She writes in several genres, including Scottish historical romance, time travel, contemporary romance, and YA.
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