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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


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.


  1. Well done! You returned home like a proud magpie with her shiny booty!

  2. Yay! Congratulations! I hope you're jigging too!

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  4. Jigging? I sure was and grinning like a Mad Hatter too!

  5. Congratulations once again Ruth.
    I was this close.
    Foiled again.
    - Chris Green

  6. Maybe next time Chris. Maybe next time. ;)

  7. Been meaning to put my paws in here and say congratulations - sorry to be late but got caught up in other things after I read the post.
    Well done ye!