I just found out that I received an Honorable Mention in the “Hard Times” contest from The Writers’ Workshop of Ashville, NC. Apparently there were over 100 entries and so I feel proud. My essay was called, “Thirst” and is a version of the story I am working on in my MFA about growing up with a chronic illness. My name is not up on the website just yet….but hopefully in the next few days. The next contest is the 20th annual memoir competition and the deadline is November 30th, 2008. First prize is $300. Entry fee is $20. Might be worth a shot!