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It's not whether you win or lose...

it's what you write that counts!


It's not whether you win or lose...

it's what you write that




There's no arguing about it! We're naming our judges

the #SunWriteFun MVP's! A HUGE round of applause

to Ana, Heather, Nicholas, and Songju for

generously donating their time--and a loud

cheer for everyone who submitted!

We hope you enjoyed your workout!







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Karen M. Greenwald

Contest Co-Creator

Karen M. Greenwald’s bylined articles have appeared online and in print, including in The Washington Post. She edited FEMA National Advisory Council cybersecurity expert’s "infosec" book on building a secure Internet culture. Karen has won multiple international awards for: STEM creative, writing, video, graphic design, branding, rebranding, self-promotion, education creative, and book cover design. She is highly active in the kidlit community—and loves championing charities that bring children's books to underserved communities. Karen is passionate about telling the stories of “unsung heroes.” Her debut picture book, A Vote for Susanna, The First Woman Mayor will be published by Albert Whitman, 2021. Karen is also a non-practicing attorney who runs a branding boutique. If you hear a dog barking while reading this, yes—that’s hers!

You can follow her on Twitter: @karenmgreenwald, Instagram: @karenmgreenwald, or Good Reads by clicking here.

Jennifer Buchet

Contest Co-Creator


Jennifer is an award-winning kidlit author, former marketing guru, and super-fun pre-k educator. She's also a regular feature contributor to Cricket Media, including the social studies magazine, FACES. She is an active member of many writing communities including SCBWI, 12x12, and the Children’s Book Academy.

Jennifer's debut picture book, Little Medusa’s Hair Do-Lemma (Clear Fork Publishing) recently launched in May 2021 to rave reviews. When she's not writing enchanting tales for kids, she's searching for feyfolke in the woods or stirring up magic in the kitchen.


You can follow her on Twitter @Yangmommy or drop by her

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Heather Macht 

Author/Junior Editor

Heather recently became Junior Editor at Spork Publishing, an imprint of Clear Fork Publishing. She's also written several picture books including Rex The...We Don't Know (Pelican, 2020), The Ant Farm Escape! (Pelican, 2019) &  You May Just Be A Dinosaur (Pelican, 2015). She earned her degree in fine arts from Florida State College at Jacksonville and holds a career as an I.T. professional. Heather's an active member of the SCBWI and also is a volunteer judge for Rate Your Story,

You can follow her on Twitter @AuthorHMacht or on 

Songu Ma Daeckie 


Songu is an award-winning children's book author & former software engineer with Motorola, Her picture book Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant was a Best STEM book, the Winner of 2018 CALA Best Juvenile Literature, an Outstanding Science Trade book, a Notable-Social-Studies book, and a Mathical Honor Book. Songju lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and their daughters.

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Ana Siqueira is a Spanish-language elementary teacher, an award-winning Brazilian children’s author. Her forthcoming picture books include Bella's Recipe for Disaster/Success (Beaming Books, 2021), If Your Babysitter is a Bruja (SimonKids,2022) and Abuela's Super Capa (HarperCollins, 2023). Ana loves to read, teach, and play with her Cuban-Brazilian-American grandchildren.


Follow her on Twitter @SraSiqueira1307 & visit her website at

Nicholas Solis


Nicholas is an award-winning elementary teacher and writing fellow at The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Grant from We Need Diverse Books. His works include The Staring Contest (Peter Pauper Press 2020), The Color Collector (Sleeping Bear Press, c 2021) & My Town, Mi Pueblo (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2022). Having taught students all over the globe—from Tanzania to Texas—he’s learned that kids are kids everywhere you go! He lives with his wife family in Austin, Texas.


Learn more about Nick at or follow him  Twitter @teachsolis .


Photography credit: Sam Bond Photography

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