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  • Congratulations to Lisa Konkol (Illustration); Susanne Benton (Picture Book); Susan Hunnicutt (Middle Grade); and Colleen Riordan (Young Adult). We received dozens of highly qualified applicants across the categories, and our mentors had a tough time selecting this year. Our mentors expressed that it was not an easy decision, saying: "All of the manuscripts were well written and all of the applicants were enthusiastic about writing for children." "I found the manuscripts heartwarming, funny, and entertaining. Every single one has its positive aspects." "I felt [the other applicants'] writing was excellent and to keep at it." Whether you participated or not, remember that your SCBWI membership entitles you to apply for additional awards, grants, and mentorships through scbwi.org and other links posted at the blue board forums. Please consider taking advantage of these opportunities.       The 2017 mentors for this program are Angie Stanton (YA), Gayle Rosengren (MG), JoAnn Early Macken (PB), and Michael Kreuss-Russick (Illustration). Mentor Bios can be viewed HERE.