Monday, October 18, 2010

May The Best Dog Win, won . . . a contract with Futureword

Out of 21 submissions for children's stories only one made the grade. May The Best Dog Win, by Kelly Hashway was so adorable that we could not pass it up.
Kelly lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. She is previously published. Her former publications include:
  • "A Terrifying Test"-Fall 2009 issue of Spaceports and Spidersilk
  • "Friendship Junction"-Stories That Lift
  • "Adventures in Dog Sitting"-January 2010 issue of Stories for Children Magazine
  • "The Christmas Bunny"-March 1, 2010 issue of Bumples Magazine
These are only a few for starters. Kelly enjoys writing short stories and books for children of all ages and has been published in various magazines and print anthologies. She is a former Middle School Language Arts teacher with a Master’s degree in English Secondary Education, but her true passion has always been writing. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
She writes stories of all lengths for children and young adults. For more about Kelly’s published works, please visit her at

Illustrations for this picture book will be prepared by Valerie Bouthyette who says the story looks appealing to illustrate. What is the story about? Well, not until we can show you a press release! You'll find out.

Secrets for people who are submitting to Futureword. Do not submit work that is unedited and doesn't have a query letter or bios. Please follow the directions on the Futureword website.Children's stories need to stay under, well under 900 words if at all possible. Submissions are open again in the spring. I saw a lot of good stories. I regret that I can't publish them all. Not yet, anyway.