Diane Chiddister Wins the $8,000 Grand Prize in Our Eighth Annual North Street Book Prize Competition
Winning Writers is pleased to announce the results from its eighth annual North Street Book Prize competition. Diane Chiddister of Yellow Springs, Ohio won the Grand Prize and $8,000 for her literary novel One More Day. These category winners received $1,000 each:
- Tonia Shimin of Goleta, California won First Prize in Art Book for The Art of Symeon Shimin, a full-color retrospective of her father's paintings and commercial artwork whose highlights include the mural "Contemporary Justice and the Child" for the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington, DC.
- Kayla Marie Pierre of Brooklyn, New York won First Prize in Children's Picture Book for Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home, an uplifting story about a biracial girl in Brooklyn whose Grandpa is about to move there from Haiti.
- Robert Chazz Chute of London, Ontario won First Prize in Genre Fiction for Endemic, a post-apocalyptic plague novel with a neurodivergent female book editor as an unlikely action hero.
- Alicia Czechowski of Baltimore, Maryland won First Prize in Graphic Novel & Memoir for Paisley Invasion, a quirky coloring book with a wordless narrative about mysterious visitors from space.
- Wendy Sibbison of Greenfield, Massachusetts won First Prize in Mainstream/Literary Fiction for Helen in Trouble, the story of a sheltered high school girl in Virginia in 1963 who discovers her inner resources when she must procure an illegal abortion.
- Lorelei Kay of Hesperia, California won First Prize in Creative Nonfiction & Memoir for From Mormon to Mermaid, an account of her feminist awakening that led her to leave the Mormon Church.
- Gayle Lauradunn of Albuquerque, New Mexico won First Prize in Poetry for All the Wild and Holy, a book-length poem from the perspective of a woman in Deerfield, Massachusetts who was kidnapped in a raid by French-Canadian and Mohawk warriors in 1704 but refused to be ransomed by her Puritan family. She later married into a Mohawk tribe.
In addition to cash prizes, the top eight authors received a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and free advertising in the Winning Writers newsletter. $17,500 was awarded in all. We received 1,946 entries from around the world. Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche judged, assisted by Annie Mydla and Sarah Halper. Read the complete release. Read about the winning entries.
Published: February 15, 2023