Thursday, May 7, 2009


So today my department held an awards ceremony to honor academic smarties and good writing (poetry, fiction, and non-fiction). I submitted my Jesus in a Confederate Flag story, revised and edited, and I won the Dick Shea Memorial Award for fiction. I won an award. The first award ever for any of my writing. First time to get paid for a story too. :)

I was TOTALLY shocked when she said my name. I wasn't expecting it because of the company my story had. I'm surrounded by a lot of really excellent writers who I'm learning from every single day, I really didn't expect to win, which makes it so rewarding. I'm still a little shocked.

My name being called was a nice end to a crazy semester. :)

First book on the reading list: Richard Russo's "Nobody's Fool"


first person limited said...

CONGRATS!! that's so awesome. the title is totally intriguing =)

Amy K. said...

Yay! You are officially a paid writer now.

Esther said...

You rock! I'm excited for you.

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

Woohoo! Way to go you! I was too nervous (stupid) to enter my department's contest -- so congrats on both entering and winning!

angie said...

Sounds like someone is not giving enough credit to herself for being a great writer :) Tanya, you have a huge gift. I am soooo proud of you!

Margosita said...

CONGRATS! :) That's so exciting. Spend that money on something nice!


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