I wasn't sure which was the most appropriate sub-forum to put this in, so moderators, please feel free to move if this isn't the right place for it.
We have a few threads lamenting the woes of writing, finding an agent, and the publishing industry, but I don't recall seeing a YAY SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED TO ME IN RELATION TO WRITING/BEING AGENTED/PUBLISHING! thread anywhere (if I'm mistaken, please link me there!). So, here's that thread! This is the thread to squee and freak out and all-around jump for joy because your short story got picked up by a journal, you've won a writing award, you've landed an agent, your manuscript sold, or whatever else!
As you might have guessed, I started this thread because I HAVE GOOD NEWS OMG. I've been sitting on this for two weeks now because it hadn't been officially announced, BUT NOW IT HAS and I can freak out about it in public.
Earlier this year, I submitted a short story to Hunger Mountain
(the literary journal of the Vermont College of Fine Arts). They do a yearly prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, and I decided to bite the bullet and send some of my work in for consideration. Months went by, the deadline passed, and I hadn't heard anything, so I figured it was a rejection. Oh well, try again next time.
Lo and behold, I received an email two weeks ago letting me know that not only was my story not rejected, IT WAS THE YOUNG ADULT RUNNER-UP FOR THE KATHERINE PATERSON PRIZE
! Which means I won a cash prize and publication in the January 2011 online issue! Also, my story was judged by HOLLY FREAKING BLACK
and she said my writing was "beautiful and lyrical."
SQUEE SQUEE SQUEE SQUEE!!!
This is my first semi-pro publication, and I'm pretty much beside myself with excitement.
What good news do you have to share? :)