Alabama Writers’ Conclave
First Place, Warren S. Katz Award for Juvenile Fiction
Founded in 1923, the Alabama Writers’ Conclave is one of the oldest writers’ organizations in continuous existence in the United States. Each year, entrants from across the Southeast compete in their annual contest across six different categories (Novel, Non-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Poetry and Screenplay). Although many of the applicants are published authors, this competition is for manuscripts that are not yet out in print. I’m honored to announce that the manuscript for my YA fantasy novel, The Beast of Weissburg, received First Place in the Juvenile Fiction category for 2017! Click here to read my winner’s interview with the AWC.
Honorable Mention for Children’s/Young Adult Fiction
For more than 80 years, Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up-and-coming writers in all genres. This year, over 5,100 international contestants entered the competition across 10 genre categories. I’m pleased to announce that The Beast of Weissburg has won Honorable Mention in Children’s/Young Adult Fiction for 2017!
Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review Award for Young Adult Fantasy
Readers’ Favorite is an annual book review and award contest for both published and manuscript novels. For the first stage of the contest, lay reviewers read and rate manuscripts based on appearance, plot, development, formatting, marketability, and overall opinion. The Beast of Weissburg received 5 stars in every category! Results for the next stage of the contest will be announced September 1, 2017.
Review by Hannah Richburg (Teen Reviewer) for Readers’ Favorite
The Beast of Weissburg, by Emma Fox, is a fairytale-like fantasy story. It follows the life of a determined, yet out-of-place girl named Anna. Anna lives on and tends to a farm with her uncle. They reside in peaceful Dinkelbaum, but the Beast has returned to Weissburg, and there is trouble in the kingdom. Anna meets a young man, Warren, in the mysterious Grünwald forest. He is even more mysterious than the forest, but she is fascinated with him and undaunted by his secrets. Then Anna uncovers the truth about the Beast…
The Beast of Weissburg is a fresh story that is a contender with classic fairytales like Snow White and Cinderella. Emma Fox gives Anna, the heroine of the story, an inner beauty that drives her to defeat the evil that plagues her home. Dinkelbaum and the Grünwald forest come alive with rushing rivers, dark trees, cozy homes, and extravagant clearings. The setting is staggeringly beautiful and perfectly depicted by Emma Fox as she gives it that life. She explores the wild elegance of the forest and the tranquility of home. The Beast of Weissburg captured my heart with both its intricate details and charming characters.
I enjoyed every part of Emma Fox’s magnificent novel. This is definitely a must-read among fantasy novels. I encourage anyone and everyone to read it and be blown away by how artistically it is written. An awesome story! I hope that more people can appreciate it like I did.