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Andrea Won!

I Won First Place in Writers of the Future!

Okay, wow. I thought I would never be writing this post – the one where something finally gave way. It’s been a long and arduous road for me. A lot of late nights meeting self-imposed deadlines, of toting the laptop or notebook places so I could squeeze in some writing time. But this has been my dream, and dreams don’t actually happen overnight (despite evidence to the contrary).

Even after all the work, the rejection after rejection, I have never thought about or considered giving up. And I’m so glad that it’s paid off.

When I got THE CALL, I was working out, watching Once Upon a Time, and trying to keep my cat from bringing a massive rat into the house. So when I picked up the phone, it took me a second to even register that it was THE CALL. In fact, I cannot remember what I said, or what Joni said, for about a minute or so after she told me I’d won first place. It was a surreal experience. I’d spent so much time wondering what it would be like to finally break into a pro publication – I thought I would cry; instead, I was just shocked.

I can’t talk about the story I submitted, but I will say that I am so glad it’s going to see print, that it will be on bookshelves, and that it will be read.

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Andrea lives in Northern California with her husband, dog, cat, and a veritable menagerie of smaller animals. She is a first place winner of the Writers of the Future contest.

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This article was written on 03 Jan 2013, and is filled under Miscellany.