Yesterday, I got an incredible phone call. I entered two novel contests in January and the coordinator for one of them informed me yesterday that I’m a finalist! This is especially exciting because the prize is a thorough reading of the manuscript by a published author. I have been waiting for something like that for years! Probably the best prize they could offer other than straight-up publication.
I won’t know if I’ve won for at least another month, possibly two, but this is still an incredible honor! And it’s also fantastic to get validation from people I’ve never met that my work doesn’t completely suck. 😉
As soon as I hear whether I’ve won or placed, I’ll post it here.