Opportunity revisited!

Whew! This past month was Busy–with a capital b. I purposely did not post anything new during the Susanna Hill Valentiny Contest. That was a blast! And while I did not place in the contest, I still feel like a winner because I learned many valuable things that strengthened my writing muscles and boosted my creativity.

As soon as that concluded, I became engrossed in submitting entries/stories to the following things: SCBWI Work in Progress Award, a well known literary agent who is usually closed to unsolicited submissions opened up for Kathy Temean followers, an Institute of Children’s Literature contest, and Vivian Kirkfield’s #50 Precious Words contest. I couldn’t pass up all those opportunities to get my name and my work out there.

Participating in all the above is not only fun but challenging! I also love the opportunity to read other writer’s works. The kidlit community is supportive of each other!

Keep being inspired, celebrate your creativity and take chances because you never know when your time will come .



Amanda Kirkham, M.Ed., is an elementary school teacher, writer, and aspiring author. She is a triplet, a runner, and perpetual student. Her motto is “Never stop learning!” One of her favorite childhood pastimes was to read every side of the cereal box and digest the information. She lives in Georgia with her husband and four children.