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Santa Cruz sunsetHello world! We are officially back from our unofficial hiatus, and we have all sorts of news to share.

First and most exciting, Stephanie, one of our fellow TeamBriggs writers, just landed an agent. We met during Pitch Wars – I was fortunate enough to read through her whole story, and I can’t wait to see it out on the shelf someday soon. <fingers crossed> We’ll be interviewing her on our blog next week, so stay tuned for that.

And speaking of contests, The Writer’s Voice is officially over. You can read the results of our team over at Krista’s blog. Yes, TeamKrista won, and even better? Every single writer on the team got at least one agent request. My takeaways from this contest?

Well, first of all, it can be really nerve-wracking to be in a contest. Waiting to see if you’ll be chosen, reading all the other amazing entries and wondering if yours stands out, obsessing over the hashtag on twitter…but ultimately I was really impressed, both with the quality of stories out there, and with how nice and supportive everyone was. The coaches worked really hard to help their teams get polished up and ready, and all the participants in the contest were quick to offer encouragement to everyone and tell the world how much they liked each other’s stories.

It got me thinking about how nice it is to be a writer – sure there are contests, but really there’s room for all of our stories, so there’s no need to be super competitive about it. Just because one person succeeds doesn’t mean there’s less room for your own work. In fact, each new great story out there opens the door a little wider for more like it.

Well, that’s about it. I’ll see you tomorrow for Fiction Friday – I just finished the most delightful MG book and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!