Today's Tune: The First Single
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I have an announcement today. I've been yapping about this all over to everyone lately, so please indulge me if you've heard it before. I'm excitable, what can I say :D
Much earlier this year, I submitted a YA short story to Hunger Mountain for consideration for the Katherine Paterson Prize. Months and months went by, the deadline came and went, and I just kind of let it slip to the back of my mind. To be honest, I knew I was competing with highly-skilled writers, MFA students and graduates, so I didn't expect much. Maybe the editors would give me some positive feedback. Maybe.
Then, on September 21st, I received an email letting me know that my story, "Chasing Shadows," had been chosen as the YA runner-up for the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children's Writing. And that they wanted to publish me in the January 2011 online edition of the YA and Children's Literature journal. And that guest judge HOLLY FREAKING BLACK thought my writing was "beautiful and lyrical."
And then I proceeded to wig out.
And I'm still kind of wigging out, because OMG, SERIOUSLY, YOU GUYS. SERIOUSLY.
I decided to sit on the information all this time because it hadn't been officially announced yet, BUT NOW IT HAS AND I CAN FREAK OUT IN PUBLIC.
I'm not sure I can put into words how gobsmacked and honored and flattered and excited and crazy and awed this makes me feel. I've always felt like a "real" writer, but now I feel like a REALLY REAL FOR SERIOUSLY SERIOUS writer. Like, a writer who wins literary honors holy crap. People whose job it is to know good writing thought my writing was worthy of a runner-up spot. GAH. GAAAAH.
I know I wasn't the "grand prize" winner (that honor went to Jaramy Conners - congrats, dude!), but that definitely doesn't put a damper on my mood.
Okay, I'll stop gushing now. It's just... wow. Wow. I'm going to be published in a literary journal! SQUEE!
And more congrats to my fellow winners and finalists!