First and foremost, I have to congratulate every single one of you who took part in the Edible Book Festival here on Playing by the book. I was astounded by the quality and quantity of entries, and very quickly came to be grateful I was not having to judge them!
I am most grateful to Mélanie from Library Mice who shortlisted ten edible books. These were sent to our festival Patron, Emma Chichester Clark, for final judging.
Of judging Mélanie said:
“I was really chuffed when Zoe asked me to be the first-round judge of the Edible Books Festival. It meant that I couldn’t enter, which was a shame in a way, but looking at all wonderful 73 entries, I am now glad because I could never have competed with all that talent. I didn’t have anything specific in mind when choosing the ten finalists; I went with those that caught my eye straight away, might it be because they were quirky, funny, unusual or simply beautiful. It was hard not to be partial to those linked to books that I love but I managed to overcome that. In fact, I discovered quite a few books along the way. It was really hard choosing only ten though, as the hard work that participants put in made them all winners in my eyes.”
Emma Chichester Clark concurred, saying “Can’t they all have prizes?!”
Unfortunately we can’t give everyone a prize, but what we can do is give a big round of applause to the three winners selected by Emma.
In 3rd place is Entry 14, by Becky Earl:
In 2nd place is Entry 24, by Kathryn Parry:
And in 1st place is Entry 15, by Rachel Slater:
Becky wins a signed copy of Lulu and the Best Cake Ever, Kathryn wins a signed copy of Lulu and the Best Cake Ever plus 5 books of her choice from the list below, and lucky Rachel wins an original drawing of Lulu and her best friend Alfie by Emma Chichester Clark PLUS a signed copy of Lulu and the Best Cake Ever PLUS 5 other picture book titles from Harper Collins, to be selected from the list below.
Congratulations to the three of you – please look out for an email from me regarding your postal address.
To everyone else who took part, I am so sorry that each of you didn’t win first prize. I know that sounds a little silly to say, but I was honestly so impressed by the creativity and skill and sheer joie de vivre that shone out through each entry. I hope one day I get to share some cake with each of you. Thank you for making the festival so much fun and such a great success. I’m hoping that the festival will become an annual event here on the blog – so I look forward to seeing many of you return next year with even more amazing Edible Books.
If you’ve written a blog post (or more) about your entry to the Edible Book Festival, please join the link up today by submitting your blog post’s permanent URL below. I encourage everyone to have a browse through the links and see just how much love and passion and fun went into creating all these cakes.