Today I found out that I have been shortlisted for the 2015 John Marsden/ Hachette Australia Prize for Short Fiction in the age category of 18-24 years.
It's been hard to keep myself from breaking into bad renditions of the Snoopy Dance all day.
I won't say much about the award, but you can read about it here and also see the names of the other young writers who have been shortlisted for their short stories and poetry. I'm sure they're all as elated as I am.
John Marsden is something of a hero of mine, and I remember reading his Tomorrow series as being a significant moment in my reading history. Perhaps part of my desire to write even comes from that time in my life. To be shortlisted in this award is a big deal and I want to say a heartfelt thanks to all of my friends and family who have been congratulating me and saying nice things about me today. You all make me feel special.