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Shoreline Arts Alliance Announces the 2023 Winners of the Tassy Walden Awards

Connecticut – Shoreline Arts Alliance is happy to announce the finalists and award winners for the 23rd Annual Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children’s Literature. This program is one of a kind in the state of Connecticut, rewarding unpublished Connecticut based writers and illustrators for their hard work and dedication to their craft. Our professional judges have selected the following winners, honorees and finalists for 2023.


Picture Book Text Winner: Karen Fox, Fairfield – Mishmash Garden

Finalists: Claire Foster, New Canaan – One More

Sherry Peterson, Newtown – Baby Truck Takes a Bath

Victoria Reed, Southington – Farm Pride

Claudia Wolen, Trumbull– A Library for You


Illustrated Picture Book Writer-Illustrator

Honorable Mention: Ed Chicoine, Guilford – Otto the Oyster


Middle Grade Novel Winner: Kelly Kandra Hughes, Norfolk – Bird on a Wire

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Lim, Guilford – Etta Mouse Sings Again Finalists: John Hastings, Durham – The Adventures of Ronny Starlight and Lucy Blue

Bethany Jensen, Ledyard – Blue Earth

Diana Sussman, Westport – The Neighbor’s Secret


Young Adult Novel Winner: Ginger Merante, Northford – Flying Horses

Honorable Mention: Patricia M. Carey, East Lyme– The Swan Maiden


Illustrator Portfolio

Winner: Hollie Michaels, Wilton

Finalist: Marcus Fort, Branford


ABOUT Shoreline Arts Alliance: Shoreline Arts Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)3 based in Guilford, CT. Shoreline Arts Alliance is the state appointed arts council for a 24 town region including all of Middlesex County, East Haven, Guilford, Madison, Branford, North Branford, Lyme, Old Lyme, Salem, and East Lyme. Shoreline Arts Alliance’s mission is to Transform Lives through the Arts and we do so by educating students, encouraging artists, engaging the community, and enriching the cultural landscape of the Shoreline and beyond. Shoreline Arts Alliance offers free programs and services across the State of Connecticut. To learn more about these programs please visit our website at www.shorelinearts.org or contact us at office@shorelinearts.org or 203.453.3890

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