SCBWI Japan Member News
Posted by Misa Dikengil Lindberg, Vermont, USA
As always, compiling this season's members news has been hugely inspirational. SCBWI Japan members are a diverse crew of dedicated translators, authors, poets, and illustrators. I hope you get a chance to read many of these recent publications!
Avery Fischer Udagawa published an interview at Cynsations with Marian Smith, translator of the YA novel Playing a Part from Russian. She also wrote an article for SCBWI Insight called "Translation: Some Frequently Asked Questions."
Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud's first published poem, “Ode to the Pangolin,” appeared in the January 2016 Cricket Magazine. The poem was originally part of a blog post on her “Beloved of Beasts” website: http://belovedofbeasts.com/belogged-of-beasts/.
Suzanne Kamata's poem "Hiroshima School for Girls" appeared in the August 2015 issue of Skipping Stones.
Izumi Tanaka's Mame-Chan won second prize at the competition of Creative Media Publisher in Japan. It will appear as an e-book in 2016.
Holly Thompson's young adult short story "The Ridge Path" was a finalist for the 2015 Hunger Mountain Katherine Paterson Prize, and her middle-grade verse novel Falling into the Dragon's Mouth will be published by Henry Holt in April, 2016. Holly was offered a Traidhos Artist Residency in Thailand to develop poetry projects for children and teens.
Debbie Yasaki's middle-grade manuscript, Payment to the Desert, received the third-place award in the Willamette Writers’ 2015 Kay Snow YA and Middle Grade Fiction Competition—Roland Smith Award; received Honorable Mention in the 2015 League of Utah Writers’ Creative Writing Contest, First Chapter—YA Category; was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s 2015 Literary Contest, MG Category; and received Honorable Mention (novel) in RateYourStory’s 2015 writing contest. She is currently seeking representation.