Every March for the past five years I’ve pored over, proof-read, and polished my then-favorite manuscript and entered it in the SCBWI work-in-progress contest. And then I’ve gone on to the next project and the next and the next until March rolls around again and I send in that year’s favorite.

So yesterday, when I received an email with “SCBWI WIP Winner!” in the subject line, my first thought was, “Oh, how nice. They’re sending me a list of the winners.” And I was right, they were.


I got the shakes. I cried. I’m still a little flummoxed. But I’m also very, very happy.

Of course, I’m hoping this leads to more, but even if it doesn’t, it was just the thing I needed. At just the time I needed it.

Now. It’s time to go work on the next project.

Love, Chris

4 thoughts on “Believe!

  1. Christy Mihaly says:

    Hey Chris, I was so excited to see this list of winners, with you leading the pack. Congratulations! We met at SCBWI last summer (a year ago already!?) and compared notes on hay and other farm things. I know how much heart and sweat you’ve put into your writing, so, yay you! Big congrats and great good luck with this WIP and all your writing. So wonderful!
    Chris Mihaly


    • Chris M. Regier says:

      Hi Christy! Thank you so much. The manuscript that won the award is one I was mulling over during my time at Highlights, which is where I met you. I’m pretty sure that place is magic.

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