A late night scroll...

January 23, 2019

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So last night I went to a writer's group that was having their first meeting. There was supposed to be a large snowfall so it ended up being just me and the host. We chatted and I got a lot of one-on-one attention with my first fiction piece I am looking to submit. 


Afterwards we were chatting about writer's block and how I was feeling a bit insecure about what I am writing about...yadda yadda...blah blah blah... teeheehee.


I spoke about this one piece in particular called Hai Hai (Thank You --- Cree) that I was quite proud of and wanted to get published somewhere. She asked if she could read it and I happened to have some copies. I explained that I had submitted it to The Malahat Review, a UVIC journal, for the 2019 Open Season Awards, and hadn't heard back anything yet.


We finished our chat and I drove very slowly home in the snowfall, but I was so happy I went to talk writing.


Well...it was late by the time I begun my nightly scroll on FB...


I saw The Malahat Review had posted the finalists for the Open Season Awards, but I hadn't received any email, and I saw the first few names so assumed I didn't make it and scrolled on a little further.


I was going to turn it off when I remembered I better go and see who did make the cut so I could LIKE the post and see the finalists in the 3 categories (we're all in this together!)


I hit the picture and the next name on the list was MINE! I couldn't believe it at first, so I turned on my light (NO idea why...like the light was going to help me see my screen better??) then I looked at it again. There I was under the heading creative nonfiction: Sita-Rani MacMillan, Hai Hai (Thank You --- Cree).






My body reacted and I squealed with delight and started jumping around.



Ahhh...what a great feeling to be one of the 7 finalists in my category.


I am just so excited to make it to the shortlist.


The Malahat Review has been the first place I submitted my writing to as an adult.


        Now let's see what happens...



Check out the List of Finalists for all 3 Categories here: The Malahat Review



Winners announced Jan 29

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