As you probably know, Kiko is an artist, and most of the chapters in STARFISH end with a description of one of her drawings or paintings. You might also know that I love art and contests, so what better way to celebrate the release of this book than to combine the two?


A signed, personalized copy of STARFISH, book swag, and a handwritten letter from yours truly! I’ll be giving out five of these, and will be choosing winners based on my favorite entries.


  • ★ Create a piece of artwork based off of one of Kiko’s drawings or paintings (your choice!) and send an image of the artwork to akemidawnbowman [at] gmail [dot] com by December 31st, 2017.
  • ★ This contest is open internationally!
  • ★ You can use pencil, paint, digital, typography, or anything you want, really. It can include the quote, or not include the quote. It just needs to be your interpretation of Kiko’s art! Please send either a scanned image or good quality photo to the email address above.
  • ★ Even if you don’t include the quote in your actual artwork, please make sure you include it in the email!
  • ★ Please also be aware that I will be posting all of the images on my website and sharing them on social media to boost the contest and show off your amazing talent. Please only enter this contest if you’re okay with your work being shared! Note: I won’t use your real name when sharing/posting on my accounts in an effort to keep anonymity for those who don’t wish to be public, but if you’d like to take credit for your work, you’re more than welcome to share it yourself on social media!
  • ★ If you don’t have your own copy of STARFISH to read the quotes, here are some ways to get them:
    • ★ Request the book from your local library, if you have one.
    • ★ Riveted currently has an extended 100 page excerpt of STARFISH available on their website (though you’ll have to act fast on this one, as it ends on October 16th, 2017!)
    • ★ I’ll also post artwork as they’re sent to me, and they’ll be organized by quote. Feel free to browse through them to find the one you like best!
  • ★ Winners will be announced on my website and through social media during the first week of January 2018. Winners will also receive an email requesting a shipping address. Please respond within 7 days of receiving this email, so that I can get your prizes mailed out as quickly as possible!
  • ★ And finally, please no offensive or graphic images. I won’t post anything that’s not appropriate for the age range the book is meant for, so please keep that in mind when submitting.

And that’s it! I hope you all have fun with this one, and I’m so looking forward to seeing your artwork. Happy creating and good luck!

Click below to see all the entries!

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STARFISH had its book birthday last Tuesday, and guess who forgot to write an official blog post about it? My notifications kept me busy most of the day, and I was so caught up in thanking everyone for celebrating the release day that I sort of forget to make an announcement myself. So, a few days late, but I am honored and grateful and so very proud to see STARFISH out in the world and finding the readers who need it most. And if you spot it out in the wild, send pictures! Seeing this book on shelves brings actual rays of sunshine into my life.

Here’s a photo of me celebrating launch day with my editor, Jennifer Ung, and agent, Penny Moore, who I finally got to meet in person. It was the most perfect day, and my heart is still very, very full.

And to all the readers out there who are so supportive and enthusiastic about this book that is so many pieces of my heart: Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <3

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If you haven’t heard, STARFISH got a second starred review! Booklist says, “Bowman evokes Kiko’s quiet hurt, pain, and frustration with breathtaking clarity, all the while reinforcing the narrative with love and hope. The story will resonate deeply with readers who have experienced abuse of any kind, or who have been held back by social anxiety. This is a stunningly beautiful, highly nuanced debut.” The full review is now available to read online, and yes, I’m still crying.

Thank you, Booklist!

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There’s a giveaway happening right now on Goodreads for a signed hardcover of STARFISH! Make sure you enter while there’s still time. Contest ends September 19th, 2017. Good luck everyone!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Giveaway ends September 19, 2017.

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