In two days, I've received two sweet emails from PNWA. The first email went a little something like this:
"You nailed it! You're awesome! We're proud of you! Great job! Great story! Great everything!"
Okay...all that was roaring through my head while the real email was very calm and polite sounding. Apparently my middle grade story (for ages 7-12), the third in my series, is a finalist for the unpublished literary contest.
"Congratulations! You are a finalist in the 2016 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. You should be very proud as PNWA received close to a thousand contest entries from all around the world. An agent or editor will be selecting the first, second and third place winners in each category."
It was a bittersweet moment because my baby, my second young adult romance (Will's story) didn't make the cut in it's category. Sniff...sniff.
The second email came today announcing Dealing with Blue as a finalist for the published contest, the Nancy Pearl Book Award. OMG! No more sniffing. I'm one in five, and even if I don't place, getting this far means a lot to me.
Time to celebrate.
PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Award
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