Monday, July 06, 2009

Finally... I can tell you!

OK, so you know how it is when you submit something to a short story competition, and you wait and wait for the date they said they'd announce the winners, and then on that day they kindly let you know that you have to wait another month because they had so many entries, so you wait another month and then they send an email saying they had almost 1000 entries and they would be letting the honorees know within the next 24 hours and you think, 1000, blimey, no way I've made the last 50 and you cross it off your very organised Submissions spreadsheet thingy .......

......and then.

.......then you get an email from the competition organisers. They tell you.

That's you've won. The Grand Prize. The Grand Prize in the Binnacle Sixth Ultra Short Story Competition.

Then you faint (almost). And your heart starts pounding. And you keep thinking, Oh come on, that's just silly.

And then you wait some more. And finally, finally, today, three weeks' later, they put up the results! So it is real. Grinning. Much grinning.

I am in the most wonderful company: my great friend Vanessa Gebbie is the Editor's Choice in Prose, and there are my other wonderful writer friends in the honorees list: Vicky Grut, Ruth Almon, Oonah V Joslin, Nora Nadjarian, Nik Perring and Anne Brooke. Congratulations to all! Much grinning all round.

26 comments:

Nik Perring said...

Grin baby, grin! Congratulations! :) :) :)

Nik X

Sarah Hilary said...

Now I'm grinning too! Many many congratulations, Tania!! Terrific title - can't wait to read the winning flash.

Elizabeth Baines said...

Congratulations, Tania! Wonderful!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

ha ha fantastic!! and Nik & Vanessa too! well done you clever lot!

andewallscametumblindown said...

Congratulations! All other words escape me. ~Miriam

BarbaraS said...

Congrats Tania - another feather in your cap, well done!

Lauri Kubuitsile said...

Big congratulations to Tania and Vanessa and Nik and all you others! Enjoy!

Rachel said...

Huzzah! You are amazing.

Vanessa said...

Many many congratulations, T!! Finalmente! (Is that enough exclamation marks?) And congrats to Nik, Oonagh, Anne, and all the other honorees. Wonderful.

(I am writing in a cafe in Bantry. Off to see E Annie Proulx this evening... wow. Can't wait.)

Handmade in Israel said...

Wow Tania! That is amazing. Congratulations! Very proud of you.

Elisabeth Ingram said...

Congrats!

Gay Degani said...

Congrats to you, Tania! Can't wait to read it. You're at the Binnacle! Is there no mountain you can't climb?

Tania Hershman said...

Thank you, all! Still grinning :)

Gay - it's an ultra-short mountain ;) !!

Shahnaz said...

Grinning a big grin for you, here in Delhi. I love when good things happen to good people.

annie clarkson said...

wow, that's brilliant news, well done you! xx

Tam said...

Huzzah! That is fantastic news :-)

Tania Hershman said...

Shahnaz, thank you! And congrats on the good thing that has just happened to you!!

Annie and Tam, thank you :)

SueG said...

Just read the good news! Yippee! And to think Vanessa and Nik have also been mentioned. That's so exciting. Congrats and hugs!!

Anne Brooke said...

Very well done indeed, Tania - and everyone! I'm also totally thrilled as one of the women in my writing class - Veronica Keywood - is also in the list with her first published piece - I'm so pleased I encouraged her to submit!!!

:))

Axxx

susanmuses said...

Way to go, Tania! :D

Teresa Stenson said...

Experiment:
Congratulations.

Conclusion:
Totally impossible to feel comfortable writing the word 'congratulations' without adding exclamation marks.


Congratulations!!!

Susan Pogorzelski said...

Fantastic, Tania! And well-deserved! Smile, smile, smile -- this is so worth that smile :)

Pippa Griffin said...

WOW WOW WOW (yep I reckon it deserves three!) that's just fantastic news Tania - well done!

And this is my first time using the blogger thing, so I hope this works - eek!

Pippa

Tania Hershman said...

Anne, that's brilliant, congratulations to you and Veronica! Looking forward to reading your stories.

Susan, thank you!

Teresa, you tried!!! I am a terrible exclamation mark overuser!!!

Susan, lots of smiling :)

PIppa - WELCOME! You did it, now you're officially on the blogsphere. Thanks for your three wows, very very lovely.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Tania! And Anne and Nik and Vanessa and Oonah and everyone!

Very well done!

Sarah

Anonymous said...

Just caught up with this. Excellent news Tania. Congratulations.

Cheers

Mark