Readers, I like to think of myself as a fairly well-spoken individual, but right now, all I can think to say is ERMAHGERD, NO WAAAAAAAY!!!!
You see, for the past few weeks, I’ve been sitting on some rather exciting news, and now that it’s been officially announced, I can share it with you:
I won the Take 5 and Random House Australia
Romance Writing Competition!
It was a nationwide competition, calling for writers to submit a romance story of 1000 word or less. I submitted my entry and held a small glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, I could reach the finalists’ round, in which ten writers get the chance to have their stories voted upon by the general public.
But never in my wildest dreams could I have expected that phone call…
I won. I freakin’ won. And now, my short story—Trash to Treasure—has today been published in Take 5 Magazine (a serial that I’ve read and adored for many years now), and will soon be available for free download through Random House’s website. A few weeks back, the kind people at Random House Australia emailed me the virtual e-book cover, and let’s just say that seeing my name on that gorgeous thing sent my heart all aflutter. (Check it out down below!)
Not only that, but I’ve received $500 (my first paid publishing!), an e-reader (I’ll be sure to let you know how my experience with that goes), and a box-load of brilliant-looking books published with Random House (yes–an entire box of books, delivered right to my door. And bookworms everywhere swoon with me).
To tell you the truth, I’m still in shock, but I’m deliriously happy.
So thank you, thank you, thank you, to the lovely people at Take 5 Magazine and Random House Australia for giving writers like me a chance to be recognised. You’ll never know how happy you’ve made me.
- Love The Bad Guy
Purchase a copy of Take 5 today, Aussie readers, to find the story… and a photo of me. *le gasp!* I have a face!
EDIT 28/03/2013: Goodness me, people can now access “Trash to Treasure” on iTunes. Typing my name into the search bar brings it up. It’s sitting here on my desktop, looking at me… *swoons again*