Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Okay, there's no chicken dinner (unless you're buying?), but I am a winner. My short story "Thicker Than Blood" placed 5th in its category in Writer's Digest 81st Annual Short Story Competition.

See? That's my name and my story's name on page 44 of the November/December issue of the magazine.

I entered the contest with no expectations. I only wanted the practice in sending out my work. That was back in May.

Then...SURPRISE! I found out that I'd won. I'm not someone who's given to dancing around a room, but when I got this news, I did indeed do a dance of joy.

Now I have a little bit of prize money, a little badge of honor, and a lot of pride.

I'd like to say a special thanks to one of my writer's groups, the Schaumburg Scribes. Their feedback helped me take the story where it needed to go, and that helped make the story a winner.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have prize money to spend and a 4th place story to write for next year's contest...