Something a little unexpected happened at our Dunedin Writer's Workshop this week.
My story "Reluctant Sacrifice" won First Place in the Doreen Paul Children's Writing Competition.
The competition was judged by Carol Krueger, author of 99 children's books and a local Dunedinite. She had so many nice things to say about the story and was incredibly enthusiastic and encouraging, but did caution me about my spelling (the bane of my writing life).
The whole experience was surreal, however the shiny trophy on my mantle is reassuring proof that I haven't dreamed up the whole experience.