My last update on the writing front was on June 5th, when I wrote:
I am in the middle of writing a short story. It’s about four teenaged wards of the state living in hospice care. Morbid much? But I feel very invested in these thirteen pages, very passionate about these four friends who have no one but each other as their time is running out. My writing group is helping me with the next draft, and I’m hoping to enter it into a contest before the month is over.
Then, on June 19th, I let you in on my writing process, specifically regarding the hospice care story, leaving a tiny P.S. at the end of the post:
P.S. I really did write Mack’s story about living and dying in hospice with other teenagers. I’m submitting it to a contest this month, where I assume nothing will happen. Once nothing happens, I’ll probably share it on my blog or over on Crux.
Well, guess what?
That short story– “Covered Up Our Names”– won the contest! I’m so honored to be the 2013 winner of the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, a contest hosted by Hunger Mountain.
If you click here, you can even see their little write-up about me! They called it a “powerful” story, and that fills my heart with deep gratitude. The contest judge was Rebecca Stead, 2010 winner of the Newbery Medal. I read her book “When You Reach Me” nearly one year ago and reviewed it on my blog, saying:
Brilliant! I actually shouted aloud the moment that everything finally clicked into place for me– I was that excited. Absolutely loved it.
I am thrilled that my story will be published in Hunger Mountain, and I’m so terribly grateful for the cash prize, but what makes the entire enterprise so special to me is that Rebecca Stead loved my story.
I’m honored and elated.
I want you all to read the story! I imagine the rights will revert back to me after publication, so I’ll anticipate sharing it with you then. Or you can purchase a copy of Hunger Mountain 18 for just $12.