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About a half hour south-west of London, Ontario, surrounded by golden fields, is a little town called Dutton. Every year, the Friends of Dutton-Dunwich sponsor the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award. I entered my story "If Wishes Were Pennies" five years ago, and surprisingly made it to the semi-finals. This year that same story was purchased for the anthology, Canadian Creatures. Every year since, I've meant to enter again, but somehow the deadline always snuck past me.
This year, I remembered to check the date, hoping I would be able to write a story for the contest while on vacation. I discovered the deadline was only two days before my vacation and I had a week to write and mail a story if I wanted to enter. Yikes! But I had a great idea, so I spun the story as quickly as I could and sent it.
To my surprise, once again, my story made it to the semi-finals. And then to my greater surprise, I received a delightful note letting me know my story was selected as one of three finalists for the $2000 prize. It is such an honour to know there are people out there reading and liking my work and feeling it worthy of a prize.
So I went to Dutton for the ceremony. I've never been to the London area. It's a three and a half hour drive from my home, but it was made all the more enjoyable by the autumn colours. The evening ceremony included a reading from Galbraith's work by one of his descendants-- clad in the Galbraith tartan. Unfortunately, I didn't come home with the $2000 prize, but I met lots of nice people and I wouldn't mind going next year.
And in other news, I sold a few short stories recently:
“True Love” appears in the anthology, Alice Unbound, from Exile Editions.
“If Wishes Were Pennies” appears in the anthology, Canadian Creatures.
I have a story in a forthcoming anthology from Dark Dragon Publishing.
And I have story in a forthcoming anthology from Springsong Press.