Michelle Morgan takes out SCBWI Spark Award for Older Readers

Guest Post by Michelle Morgan

It is a pleasure and honour to congratulate author Michelle Morgan on her esteemed win of the SCBWI Spark Awards for her older reader, ‘Flying through Clouds’! Read more here on Michelle’s journey in writing YA novels, and today, enjoy her highlights of this wonderful achievement. Thanks, Michelle!

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is about a teenage boy’s dream of becoming an aviator amid the pressures and hardships of growing up in Sydney during the Depression. With a compelling mix of drama, adventure and humour, FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is suitable for readers aged 12+.  Find out more on my website: www.michellejmorgan.com.au
The SCBWI Spark Award recognises excellence in children’s books published independently or by a non-traditional route. I submitted an entry for this international award because I was proud of what I had achieved with the writing and self-publishing of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS. I employed professional editors for structural and copy edits of the manuscript as well as for proofreading. I also commissioned a talented artist to design the cover and layout of the novel. I wanted FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS to be as professionally published as my first novel, RACING THE MOON, which was published by Allen & Unwin in 2014.
Winning the SCBWI Spark Award 2017 (Older Readers) for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is a significant achievement. Apart from being able to attend the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA in August 2018 and the publicity that is generated by winning the award, I’m hoping to find a US publisher for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS and opportunities for my next novel.
Check out the winning announcement!

Michelle is a full-time writer and lives in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Flying through Clouds is her second historical YA novel. Her first novel Racing the Moon, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2014, and released in the UK and US in 2015. Four of Michelle’s plays have been performed in Short Play festivals in Sydney, Newcastle and Armidale. She has also co-written several songs with her husband, Luke.

Find Michelle Morgan at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Flying through Clouds is available now at bookshops, educational and library suppliers, and can be ordered on Michelle’s website here.

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