2011 Sue Alexander winner announced!
- Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Marilyn Hilton has received the 2011 Sue Alexander Award for her Middle Grade Manuscript “Hover Over Me”.
In Hilton’s lovely, well-written manuscript, a girl who longs to believe in angels, “being in vital need of their assistance” endures bullying, wonders about her birth parents, makes an unexpected friend and tries to solve the mystery of the crime for which her missing brother has been falsely accused. Along the way, she learns something about the nature of angels. A sensitive voice, evocative detail, a rich sense of place, strong tension, intriguing characters with compelling problems and a satisfying theme - all combine to make author Hilton’s manuscript a promising novel for middle grade readers.
The runners up for this award are “Finding Tru” by Pati Hailey, and “Witching Moon” by Karen Bonner
This prestigious Award is given to the manuscript deemed most promising for publication selected from manuscripts critiqued at the SCBWI Annual Summer Conference. Industry professionals (editors, agents authors) who critique the manuscript determine the finalists. Until her sudden death in July, 2008, Sue Alexander made the final selection. Now, a three member panel from Sue’s writing group of twenty years make the final selection. Details on this award can be found in the Awards and Grant section of this website.