2018 YA and Middle Grade Contest Winners


Congratulations to the Redwood Writers
2018 Young Adult and Middle Grade Contest Winners!


Lisa Manterfield


Lisa Manterfield

"Thicker Than Water"

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of The Smallest Thing and A Strange Companion. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Santa Rosa, CA, with her husband and over-indulged cat. When not at her writing desk, she can be found pulling weeds and daydreaming in her vegetable garden. Learn more at LisaManterfield.com.

Kitty Baker


Kitty Baker

"Scenes in Syncopated Time"

Betsy Miller


Betsy Miller

"Dance, Interrupted"

Kitty (C.M.) Baker is fascinated by the potential of coming-of-age fiction to speak to the hearts of YA readers. Originally from Minnesota before relocating to California’s North Bay Area in 2016, she has spent years learning and practicing the craft via classes at The Loft in Minneapolis, lectures in Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children & YA, private workshops, writers groups, retreats, and SCBWI conferences and events. She was recently chosen for the prestigious Djerassi Artist Residency in Woodside, CA, and is currently enrolled in College of Marin classes, exploring the power and playfulness of poetry.

Betsy Miller is the author of the picture book Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn! and the nonfiction books The Parents' Guide to Perthes, The Parents' Guide to Clubfoot, and The Parents' Guide to Hip Dysplasia. She is a co-founder of Thinking Ink Press. Miller lives in Santa Rosa, where she writes technical instructions for high-tech companies.

You can reach Betsy at:
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/betsy.miller.10
Author website: http://betsymillerbooks.weebly.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BetsyMiller
Publishing website: www.ThinkingInkPress.com



Amanda Conran

Amanda E. Conran's first middle grade novel, The Lost Celt, (Goosebottom Books) has won multiple awards, and draws upon time-travel conspiracies, Roman and Celtic history and the stories of Irish warrior hero Cuchulain, but ultimately deals with the invisible effects of war on veterans and their families throughout the generations, and the transcendent power of friendship. She is also a children’s book specialist at The Book Passage in Corte Madera.


Eric Elfman

Eric Elfman is the award-winning author of 14 books for kids and young adults, including the Accelerati Trilogy: Tesla’s Attic, Edison’s Alley and Hawking’s Hallway, from Disney-Hyperion Books, which Eric co-wrote with Neal Shusterman. Eric has also been on the faculty of the Big Sur Children’s Writers Workshop for the past 12 years, and among his editorial clients are a number of award-winning and NY Times bestselling authors.


Abigail Samoun

Abigail Samoun was an in-house children’s book editor for more than ten years, working on a wide range of projects, from board books to young adult novels. In 2011, Abigail made the transition from editing to agenting, co-founding Red Fox Literary with Karen Grencik, www.redfoxliterary.com. She is also the author of several children’s books including What’s In Your Purse? (Chronicle Books) and The Little Traveler series (Sterling Publishing).



Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim is a children’s author, freelance writer, playwright and editor. She has published five picture books and written for the children's magazines Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, Faces, and Muse magazines as well as various adult magazines. Her recently completed picture book project for Disney Publishing Worldwide, Mulan’s Lunar New Year, will be released in October 2018. She is currently working on two middle grade novels and a couple of picture books.

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