Registration Deadline: May 31st, 2018
Manuscript Submission Deadline: August 20th, 2018 (midnight)
Winner’s Announcement: Thursday, November 1st, 2018 by 6:00PM on the Winners page of this website
Award Ceremony & Book Signing: Saturday, December 1st at 5PM at the Miami Conservatory of Music Hall

Directions and Parking


CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS conducted by Laurie B. Friedman for all the 2018 winners, finalists and achievers: Dates will be announced at the Award Ceremony.

Location:                                                                                                                                                Miami Conservatory of Music
2911 grand avenue, suite 400A (ground floor, next to the fountain on the Mayfair Promenade)
miami (coconut grove), fl  33133  Directions and Parking


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Laurie Friedman is an author of many award-winning picture books, chapter book, and novels for children and Tweens. Laurie writes the popular Mallory McDonald chapter book series for 7-10 year olds. Published by Lerner Publishing Group, the series currently includes 20 titles. Laurie has a new journal format series for older readers entitled, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair. Laurie has also written many rhyming picture books.

Laurie Friedman says that growing up she always liked reading realistic fiction and still does. “It makes me feel better when I read about a character going through something similar to what I’m going through, and seeing how that character handles the situation.” As an author, nothing makes her happier than when she receives letters from fans telling her that they can really identify with her characters. Growing up, she always kept a journal and often writes about the things that happened to her when she was younger. She also likes to write about things that happened to her own children when they were the ages of her characters.