I was laying in bed this morning contemplating getting up when the phone rang; the universe reaching out and making my decision for me, no doubt. To my surprise it was a woman from the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association calling to inform me that of the 1200 submissions that were made to their 2010 Literary Contest, my novel, Justice Rules, had made the cut. I was literally speechless. Trying to cut through the fog of waking and process this piece of information was too much for me. I ask her to repeat herself and she chuckled saying, "I know it's exciting news but I am not kidding. Your novel is in the finals."
It took me a few more seconds before I began to clue in. I had a distant memory of submitting my work to them but had long ago forgotten about it. I often will submit a screenplay to a contest or competition just because, well, one never knows, but I had completely forgotten about submitting the novel to PNWA. I am a member of this organization and attended their annual writer's conference in Seattle last year. The submission was made in February of this year. It was the first time I had received this type of reenforcement and I have to admit, it felt pretty damn good. Final winners will be announced at their conference in July. Naturally, my wife and I had planned a vacation without checking the dates of the conference so I will not be able to attend this year. I was told that is not a problem, you need not be present to win. I am hoping however, that this is the continuation of some type of momentum that began when I published the novel as an ebook two months ago. Here's hoping something monumental comes of this.
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Kerry Daveline Memorial Golf Tournament for the Melanoma Society. http://www.hacknsmack.org/