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So, yeah, the news I've been sitting on. First, my novella MAY-SEPTEMBER has been chosen as the co-winner (a first) of the Press 53 Open Awards Contest and will be published in October 2010 by Press 53. There's even a nifty plaque involved and an awards ceremony in North Carolina!

The judge, Amy Rogers, said this about my novella:

“May-September is confident, resonant, achingly heartfelt, gorgeous—and surprising in a much different way. The writing is spare and elegant. This story of unspoken desires is beautifully layered, thick with tension and full of passion."