Wrote a dark little story, under 500 words, followed all of the rules, and I WON! I submitted back in February and Sunday night I received this happy email. Whee!!!!!!!!!!!
It's funny. I think of myself as more of a humor writer, but all of the literary journals have deep meaningful stories, with sorrow and shattered lives. As my father said, "Comedies don't win Oscars." He's right. And sure enough, my sad little tale WON.
Thanks to all my friends and family who support me.
Dear Friends of Portia Steele:
Congratulations! You are a winner in the 2009 Portia Steele Awards "Excellence in Poetry and Prose" competition.
You can see your place in the competition at the following webpage:
http://portiasteeleaward.org and click on the date under Prose and Poetry winners label. Just click on the year 2009.
-- or -- go directly to the winners page
Once you've visited this webpage, you can click on the title of your work. It's been published on our website.
Over the next couple of weeks, you will receive the winners' certificate. First place winners will receive $100.
I want to thank all of you for your participation in our contest. It was most enjoyable reading your works, and even more enjoyable recognizing you as winners in our 2009 competition. Please be sure to keep an eye on our website for the 2010 announcement. Next year, the rules will be a bit different. I think you'll find them interesting and a challenge to your writing skills.
President, Founder and Trustee, Portia Steele Awards Foundation.
Murder in Capital Letters by Peter Bartram
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