Winning First Place, Finally

I’ve won second and third place and been a finalist in different writing contests. But that first place has always been elusive.

My husband promised to make me a oak shelf for my first trophy with the first place win.

Guess what? I finally won first place.

On Wed, Sep 2, 2020, 4:28 PM wrote:

Dear Debra,

I am happy to inform you that you have won FIRST PLACE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION in the 2020 Golden Quill Writing Contest for your entry “A Split-Second Revelation”.

Again, congratulations, and thank you for entering. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Contest Director

No trophy. Not with this win.

I guess that means no oak shelf, too.

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Winning Story

Originally publish in November, 2008.

I got a phone call from Ann Schroeder inviting me to read my Center Coast Writer’s Conference winning story, A Full Circle, at the next SLONightWriters’ meeting. Then I got an email from NightWriters’ president, Susan Tuttle, with the same invitation.

I was thrilled, not as thrilled as winning first place, but very proud just the same. 

There is just one problem—I have speech anxiety. I’m terrified and the meeting is in nineteen minutes. Why did I agree to do this? Are all writers this nervous? I feel sick!

Gotta go and do a great job or embarrass myself.

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