That's a wrap! Congratulations to all our winners. The Book Arts Bash now has its own domain name, and a brand new web site for a new Bash in 2010. Visit us here!

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In 2008, our winners in all student categories received a $20 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. All winners received a personal critique from the industry professional who chose their entry as the winner.


Sara Gruen, author of New York Times #1 Bestseller Water for Elephants and the upcoming Ape House. Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, among many other books, and winner of two Newberry Medals.
Joshilyn Jackson, best-selling author of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Booksense #1 Pick Between, Georgia and Booksense #1 Pick gods in Alabama. Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the US from 1997-2000, author of 19 books, and founder of the Favorite Poem Project.
Mark Crilley, author and illustrator of the Akiko series from Random House Children's Books. Karen Abbott, author of New York Times Bestseller Sin in the Second City, a book about Chicago's infamous Everleigh Club.
Michael D'Orso, best-selling author of fifteen books of narrative non-fiction, three of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Cressida Leyshon, deputy fiction editor, the New Yorker.
Robert Pottle, author of several poetry books for kids, including I'm Allergic to School, a book of songs and poems about school. Michael Martone, author, editor, and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama.
David Lynn, Editor of the Kenyon Review. Jennifer Roy, author of Yellow Star, the You Can Write series, and the Math All Around series.
Melissa Wiley, author of The Martha Years books about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s great-grandmother, Martha Morse Tucker, and The Charlotte Years books, about Laura’s grandmother, Charlotte Tucker Quiner. Julia DeVillers, author of Girlwise and How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller, now an Disney Channel original movie.
Polly Carden, editorial assistant at Graywolf Press. Lisa Suhay, author of There Goes a Mermaid, a NorFolktale.
Bobby Norfolk, three time Emmy-award winning storyteller and Parents' Choice Honoree. Odds Bodkin, who performed his show, "The Art of the Tale" at Lincoln Center in New York.
Dan Elish, author of Nine Wives and The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld, and writer for the PBS show Cyberchase. Mir Kamin, pro blogger and creator of top-ranked blog Woulda Coulda Shoulda.
Matthew Reinhart, author of the amazing Star Wars: Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy, Encyclopedia Prehistorica, a pop-up Cinderella, and more feats of paper engineering. Robert Sabuda, NYT best-seling author of Encyclopedia Mythologica, and the pop-up Chronicles of Narnia. Together with partner Matthew Reinhart, they are the princes of pop-up.
Ann Zeise, creator and editor of the web's largest homeschooling resource, A to Z Home's Cool. Michelle Mitchell, top-ranked mom blogger and author of the popular blog, Scribbit.
Kristine O'Connell George, poet and author of such collections as Little Dog Poems, Hummingbird Nest, and her latest book, Fold Me a Poem. Caitlin Roper, managing editor of The Paris Review.
Caryn Karmatz-Rudy, executive editor at Grand Central Publishing. Emily Griffin, associate editor at Grand Central Publishing.
Daniel Lazar, senior agent at Writers House Literary Agency in NYC. Sue Corbett, author of 12 Again and Free Baseball, and children's book reviewer for the Miami Herald.
Candice Ransom, author of Liberty Street, The Promise Quilt, and The Big Green Pocketbook, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Kim Brundidge, Atlanta playwright and director, author of "The Practical Order of Things."
Melissa Foulger, Artistic Director of the DramaTech Theater. Betty Hart, Atlanta actor, director, and casting director for Kaiser Permanente's educational theater.
N.E. Bode, author of The Nobodies, The Somebodies, and The Anybodies, as well as The Amazing Compendium of Edward Magorium, prequel to the hit movie. Cristina Ramos-Payne, author of the homeschooling comic for Secular Homeschooling Magazine, and blogger.
Greg Avila, editor of The Powhatan Review. Joan Irvine, the pop-up lady!
Bruce Coville, author of the Unicorn Chronicles, Moongobble and Me, Aliens Ate My Homework, and The World's Worst Fairy Godmother. Margaret Radcliffe, creator of Maggie's Rags, original hand-knit designs, author of The Knitting Answer Book, and homeschooling mom.
Suzanne Tate, the "Crabby Lady," founder of Nag's Head Art, Inc., author of Suzanne Tate's Nature Series and History Series, Beth Ann Fennelly, Mississippi poet and professor, author of Open House, winner of 2001 Kenyon Review Prize and Booksense Top Ten Poetry Pick.
Sonny Brewer, writer, editor, and founder of Over the Transom bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama. Kirby Kim, literary agent at Vigliano Associates, NYC.
Rebecca Oliver, literary agent at Endeavor, NYC. Jacques de Spoelberch, literary agent, NYC.

A note regarding our judges: The way to get on the desk of our kind, helpful judges is to enter the contest and become a finalist. Please do not send unsolicited emails, queries, or submissions to these professionals who have agreed to help with our contest. If they receive a flood of unwanted materials, they will definitely not want to help us again. Please don't make them sorry they said yes.