I am over-the-moon excited to announce that I placed first (!) in the 2017 Bards and Sages Annual Writing Competition! I got the news a couple days before we crossed over into 2018 but couldn’t share until the official announcement went out this week. Suffice it to say that I needed those days to collect my thoughts, lest my post on the matter be a series of excitedly jumping gifs.
Anyway, I’m really excited about this one because in addition to being my first win, the piece I wrote, Confessions of a Post-Modern Galatea, was one of my very first completed stories. The original version wasn’t much more than a flash piece, but over the years it was revised and revised and revised until about a year ago, when it settled into its own at just over 6k. I’m very proud of all the work I put into it, and extremely excited to share it with the world.
You should be able to read it as part of the Bardic Tales and Sage Advice X Anthology, set to premiere in August of 2018, most likely. (I’m guessing based on past release dates.) And if you want to get in on the action yourself you should check out information about next year’s competition, due to post in about April.
I’m really glad I kept working on this one for as long as I did, and I’m incredibly thankful for my writing group for giving me advice, edits and support over the last few years as I worked on this and many, many other submissions.
A strong start to 2018; here’s hoping it continues.