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Knowonder Acceptance.

Posted on: August 23, 2009

Disclaimer: Other than the satisfaction of seeing someone be appreciated for her talents, I am in no way compensated.


As a writer and a critique group moderator, it is my sincere hope that I can use my skills to foster the growth of other aspiring writers. One of my critique group member has had a piece that was accepted. A  chance to win some monetary gain from her work has her making this appeal. 

You can vote for 3 stories . . . so make your choice and help a writer out. If you don’t choose to vote for Sally, then find another writer and vote for them. Let your voice be heard;  support our talented writers.

This letter is from Sally, a great writer who is just starting out. She is a valued critique group member in one of my three groups.


Nothing heals like success! I have been accepted for publication by Knowonder magazine. My story, “Princess Pollywog’s Lovely Wish” is very different from the one you critiqued for me. I drastically changed the ending and added a lot more words (1100 total). I think it makes for a more complete and satisfying story.

Now comes favor time. If I have the most votes I will win $300! There are also $200 and $100 prizes too. I don’t know a lot of people and I don’t know if you can vote more than once but I would be super thrilled to win $100. Surely the readers of the site can vote too. Those are the only ones that really matter. This is a bit like a popularity contest. I was never good at them.

My story will be published next month–hey, that’s real soon. Anyway, you can vote for my story (please) on their website until the end of the month. I’m attaching the email from Knowonder.


Congratulations! Your story has been chosen…‏
From: knowonder! (
Sent: Thu 8/20/09 2:59 PM

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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