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"Snap out of

it and enter



-Loretta Castorini


"That's why

they call them

'publishing deals.'

If they were easy,

they'd call 'em

something else"

-Jim Baker

Sixteen Candles

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Nope, no Judge Wapners, here nor are there any gavels! (In the spirit of full disclosure, we can't promise that they won't read entries while donning robes, though!) Just a bunch of dedicated kidlit'ers excited to read and deliberate! A very special "Thank You" to everyone joining us on this side of the bench!


Please show these judicial experts some social media love! 

Karen M. Greenwald


Karen is a children’s author, (non-practicing) attorney, and international award-winning brand strategist. Her debut, A VOTE FOR SUSANNA, THE FIRST WOMAN MAYOR, is a Kansas Notable Book and a Library of Congress (LOC) 2022 Great Reads from Great Places selection. It represented Kansas at the LOC’s 2022 National Book Festival. Her second NF picture book, THE MUD ANGELS: HOW STUDENTS SAVED THE CITY OF FLORENCE, launched in April received enormous attention from the conservation, Italian-American, and Florentine communities--and praise from ALA's Booklist. Greenwald co-founded #SunWriteFun and raises money for minority kidlit charities. Greenwald has won numerous prestigious international awards for STEM creative, writing, video, rebranding, and self-promotion, including a Platinum international Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award for her strategic marketing campaign for A VOTE FOR SUSANNA. Bylined credits include online, print magazines, and The Washington Post.

Karen is a 12x12 Nonfiction "Elf," (answering questions in the Forum). She is also a member of the Children's Book Guild, The Authors' Guild, and co-founded #SunWriteFun. 

You can follow her on Instagram and YouTube at: @karenmgreenwald

Follow her on GoodReads by clicking HERE.

Jennifer Buchet

Jennifer Buchet 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, the Writing Barn and the Children’s Book Academy. She is also the co-founder & creator of #SunWriteFun.

Jennifer's debut picture book, Little Medusa’s Hair Do-Lemma (Clear Fork Publishing) launched in 2021 to rave reviews. When she's not writing enchanting tales for kids, she might be found in a classroom sharing her joy of writing, searching for feyfolke in the woods or stirring up magic in the kitchen.


You can follow Jennifer on Twitter (@Yangmommy), Post (@jbuchet) and drop by her website at Follow her on GoodReads by clicking HERE.

Angela de Groot

Debbie Zapata

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