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Smart Poodle Publishing Announces the Winners of the Youngest Travel Writer Contest

For Immediate Release

Debbie Glade
Smart Poodle Publishing
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Smart Poodle Publishing Announces the Winners of

the 2008 Youngest Travel Writers Contest

All Winning Entries and Photos of the Winners Can be Viewed at

Smart Poodle Publishing is proud to announce the winners of the 2008 Youngest Travel Writers Contest.

Criteria: Young writers from the USA, ages 5-10, were invited to write a short story about one of their own real life or imaginary travel adventures anywhere in the universe. Stories were to be no longer than 1,000 words. Entries were judged on originality, quality of writing and whether or not the writer followed the contest rules.

Judging: We received a fascinating collection of original stories, some based on real travel experiences and others on imaginary journeys. The judges enjoyed reading every unique entry. Entries with the majority of votes from the 5 judges were chosen. It was very challenging to choose one winner in each category, as there were dozens of talented young writers who submitted their stories. So in addition to the 1st Place winners, we have added an Honorable Mention Category, to feature the runners-up in each age category. Each of our young writers did an outstanding job! (See judges' bios below)

Each winner will receive $25 in cash, a Winner's Certificate and a free copy of The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica, autographed by Author/Illustrator Debbie Glade. Here are the winners-

Category 1 (Ages 5-6)
Mina O
To Sophia and Back
Age 6, 1st Grade
From Birmingham, Alabama

Category 2 (Ages 7-8)
Eliza J S
Shark Island
Age 8, 3rd Grade
From Blacksburg, VA

Category 3 (Ages 9-10)
Emma J S
Just Another National Park Vacation
Age 10, 5th Grade
From Blacksburg, VA

Each runner up will receive an Honorable Mention Certificate and free copy of The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica, autographed by Author/Illustrator Debbie Glade.

Category 1 (Ages 5-6)
Colin H
My Trip to Bangladesh
Age 6, 1st Grade
Reston, VA

Category 2 (Ages 7-8)
Alexis K
The Passport Disaster
Age 8

Category 3 (Ages 9-10)
Roswell Visitor Vacation
Courtney B.
Age 9, 4th Grade
From Ochelata, Ok

Congratulations to all the winners!


Debbie Glade

Debbie is the author/illustrator and voice talent for The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica and the owner of Smart Poodle Publishing. She is a member of the Florida Publisher’s Association and the Independent Publishers Association. For 15 years, she was a freelance travel writer for upscale cruise lines, writing and editing hundreds of brochures and travel excursion tour descriptions. She wrote Lilly Badilly and recorded it on CD to make reading extraordinarily fun and get kids more interested in books. Debbie has a BA in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She has written online articles recently for and She blogs daily at Her favorite authors are William Shakespeare, JD Salinger, Ayn Rand, Erma Bombeck, J California Cooper and Johnathon Safran Foer. In addition to running her publishing business Debbie enjoys working out, running with her dog, Gigi, cooking, baking, painting, quilting and gardening - and of course, traveling. Debbie loves kids and likes to act like one herself – pretty much all of the time.

Patty Weir

Patty brings a wealth of experience to the Smart Poodle Kids Travel Writing Contest. She has worked as a marketing professional in the travel industry for 15 years. She has been responsible for producing countless travel brochures, including overseeing both writing and design. She is now the owner of The Copelin Group, which provides innovative marketing consulting services, primarily for the Travel Industry. She has a BA in Advertising/Marketing from The University of Florida and a Masters Degree in Direct Marketing from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Patty is the Mom of an eleven year-old son, and has enjoyed reading many picture books with him! Her favorite children’s book authors are Dr. Seuss, and Debbie Glade J. Her favorite novelists are Anne Rice and Pat Conroy. Patty loves taking Karate and spinning classes. She has a talent for attracting stray animals and has done her share of rescuing and nurturing them. Given her line of work, Patty has had the opportunity to travel all over the world and take many amazing photographs along the way

John Glade

John was the co-composer of songs from the CD from The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica. He has been playing guitar since he was a child and has a fantastic singing voice. John loves folk music, funk and classic rock. John has been a bank executive for many years. He has a BA in Finance from Illinois State University and an MBA in Finance from The University of Illinois. In his spare time, He loves kayaking, hiking, bike riding and has a great appreciation for wildlife, especially in the Florida Everglades. John’s favorite authors are J.R. Tolkein, Carl Hiaasen, and Frank Rivers. John has a knack for making people laugh hysterically, and he finds humor in just about everything.

Rachel Glade

Rachel is a high school junior, a disciplined student and lover of piano. She has been playing for more than 10 years and is the co-composer of the original sound track for the Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica. She also enjoys playing jazz, classical and rock music on piano and taught herself to play sitar. At school she has accompanied the actors in two musicals and is the accompanist for the Traveling Choir. As the Director of Internet Marketing for Smart Poodle Publishing, Rachel manages the company’s websites, writes copy and promoted this writing contest. Having read hundreds of novels herself, Rachel can really appreciate good writing. She is a skilled writer and has several pen pals, writing very creative, old-fashioned snail mail letters. Rachel’s favorite authors are Phillip Pullman, Ayn Rand, Terry Gooodkind, Stephanie Meyer, Nick Bantock and poet Billy Collins. In addition to reading and music she likes to play tennis, ride her bike, go geocaching, and hang out with her Smart Poodle, Gigi.

Ben Picolo

Ben is also a high school junior, who is an excellent student an avid reader and a talented writer. His favorite authors are Terry Goodkind, L.E Modesitt Jr., Ayn Rand, Brian Jacques, Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin. Ben is the President of the Friends of St. Francis (animal welfare) Club at his school. A lover of animals, Ben has 4 cats at home and 2 dogs. He has a part time job at a game store. He enjoys playing electric guitar and alto saxophone and listening to classic rock and blues (some of his favorites are Journey, Coheed and Cambria, Boston, and Led Zeppelin). He loves snow boarding and just being in cold weather (however he lives in boiling hot Florida!) He enjoys doing a variety of interesting projects; right now, he’s making a bow and arrow. Ben’s witty sense of humor and eye for great writing made him an ideal judge for this contest.


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