A note from Melissa (15, from Washington) whose illustrations were published in the May/June 2017 issue of New Moon Girls.
There’s something magical about other people getting to see your work and about getting published. Now it’s out there in the world somewhere. I think the most precious thing is that I’ll be able to look back on this experience and think of it as a stepping stone in my life, or even as a piece of work I wish I’d spent more time on. Either way, it’s a memory that will be important to me. If you have the opportunity to get published, you should take it! It’s valuable in more ways than one.