Friday, June 17, 2022

2022 Tassy Walden Award Winners

The 2022 winners of Connecticut's Tassy Walden Award were announced earlier this summer. This award is a competition for unpublished Connecticut children's book writers and illustrators. Over the years, a number of finalists and winners have gone on to publication. Michele Manning and Kristina Giliberto (see below) are former or present members of my writing group. Really, people, think about finding a writers' group.

Picture Book Text

Winner: Elizabeth Donnelly--Stacking Stones

Honorable Mention: Sherry Peterson--Is There Something in My Teeth?


  • Katherine Donahue--Monsters Say What
  • Kristina Giliberto--The Horse Listener
  • Claudia Lebel--Night Blooms
  • Rachel Shupin--There Are No Bad Guys In This Book

Illustrated Picture Book Writer-Illustrator

Finalist: Jillian Aurigemma--Rylee Finds A Family

Middle Grade Novel

Winner: Michelle Manning--Nooks and Crannies

Honorable Mention: Ginger Merante--Lore


  • Jeanne Davies--Cast Away
  • Debi DiTomaso--Gram Ridder
  • Jane Pronsky-Brothers--Brooke Skyler & The Quest for Mysterium
  • Lisa Yelon--Cook Me A Winner

Young Adult Novel

Winner: Paige Classey Przybylski--Inheritance

Honorable Mention: Debbie McGinley--The Surge

Finalist: Kelly Kandra Hughes--The Happiest Dog On The Internet

Illustrator Portfolio

Winner: Ann Marie Drury

Finalist: Marcus Fort

Congratulations and good luck moving forward to all the people on these lists.

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