Thank you, thank you, thank you. That’s about all I can muster at this moment. I am so grateful for this opportunity.
Honeysmoke’s memoir, Raising Simone and Nadia, is a standout entry. Her prose is strong yet graceful and her voice impossible to ignore. If you haven’t already read an excerpt from her entry, check it out here. You’ll see what we mean.
One of the biggest challenges a memoirist faces is telling her own personal story while somehow making it bigger than herself. Honeysmoke excels at illuminating the joys and struggles of raising mixed race daughters in her own home while closely examining the roots of racism in the world at large. Raising Simone and Nadia manages to be both highly personal and universal, engaging readers in a compelling narrative while also placing us at the center of one of the most heated social issues of our day.
Honeysmoke’s prize will begin with a consultation with Christina Baker Kline. Christina will help our winner construct and polish a dynamite proposal. Follow along as you draft your own proposal—Christina will blog about the process and will have plenty of tips for every She Writer.