Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 7, 2012

Free Writing Contest

I made a mistake when I said I only received one illustration for the January’s Illustrator’s Prompt. I was so busy with all the conference stuff that I only checked the e-mail that I had posted to illustrators to use and forgot to double check to make sure someone hadn’t sent something to one of my other e-mails. It works out for the best, since this illustration by Gwen Connolley below and other one I posted by Traci Van Wagoner on Feb. 2nd are both special enough to stand on their own.

Gwen Connolley has a degree in Illustration from Syracuse University and early experience as an advertising art director and illustrator. A class taught by Lena Shiffman at the Center for Contemporary Art kindled her interest in children’s book illustration, so she studied at the School of Visual Arts under Monica Wellington and Elizabeth Sayles. She hopes to illustrate picture books, early readers or middle grade books. Gwen works in watercolor and particularly enjoys illustrating all sorts of wild, natural creatures like people, animals and plants.

Backyard Blunder Contest

Win $500!

DEADLINE: March 15, 2012.

Do you have a funny birding or gardening story to share from your backyard? We want to hear it! Send us your best “backyard blunder,” and the winning story will receive $500.

To enter, email your true story to Please put “backyard blunder contest” in the subject line. All Entries must include your full name, address, city, state, zip, telephone number and email address (if you have one), in addition to your essay which may not exceed 400 words.

The winner of the Contest will be determined by judging all the entrants’ submissions based on the follow criteria: originality 20%, quality 60% and personality 20%.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. What a lovely illustration! I don’t know about anyone else, but I am SO drawn to snow scenes of any kind…well, all but the ones of avalanches and being snowbound! 🙂


  2. I like this a lot. I’m very partial to watercolor. 🙂


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