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Good news!

 I can't believe I haven't written a blog about this until now.  I got the news last week that I'm a finalist in not one, but both of the categories I entered in the South Florida Writers Network contest.  I submitted a a picture book manuscript and a poem right before the deadline and then forgot about it.  What a surprise when the email came in last Friday. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 21st.  Being so new to the children's writing industry, I feel like I already won just being a finalist in both categories.  I still can't believe it.  I keep reading the email over to make sure it's real and that I'm not seeing double where my name is listed twice for the different categories.

Even bigger news- and I can post this now since the winners were officially announced- is that my friend and critique group buddy Roxanne won the Highlights contest.  What a week for our group!!!!!  I'm so proud of her but then again I knew she was a huge talent when I first met her.

I hope we both keep up the momentum as we start subbing our work to publishers, although I won't feel like a real writer until I have a nice collection of rejection letters.



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May. 7th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you and Roxanne! Her story sounds interesting.
May. 12th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks Christine and congrats to you on another Highlights acceptance. That's awesome!
May. 12th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lisa.
May. 10th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I hope you win.

You already ARE a real writer - a real writer writes and submits and continues to learn their craft. You are already doing that. :)
May. 12th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks Susan! I need to start getting more of my writing out into the world. I've been a little submission shy. I feel like it was only yesterday you encouraged me to take the ICL course. Now I'm an ICL grad! Time flies when you're having fun.
Hope everything is going well with you.

May. 13th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm so proud of you for finishing!

Life is good!
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Way to go, Momalisa!!! And Happy Birthday! I hope to be heading down south soon. SW Georgia, here we come...(as soon as the blasted house sells!)

Mary Ann
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Hey, stranger--happy birthday!! :>)
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