Aside from a few unexpected blessings and boons during the usual work day, I looked on my iPhone shortly after lunch to check Twitter updates, and found that the fabulous fairies behind the Once Upon a Time writing contest - which closed just this past Sunday night - had decided to do something completely amazing.
Apparently they were so enamored by all the wonderful entries that they have undertaken the extra step of publishing an anthology of all 88 Unexpected Fairy Tales.
They didn't have to do this, mind you - this was NOT part of the original promised prize package, or option to any of the entrants. Out of their own goodwill and love for writers and writing, they put this together for those who had gone out on a limb with their writing and put it out there for all to see.
I tell ya, my mind was numb when I read that. Had to read the article twice, over my nice-but-still-kinda-small iPhone screen, for it to really sink in.
The added plus is that two of my students are also included in the anthology, as is another good friend and soon-to-be-published-author-in-her-own-right, Amanda McCrina. That's four writing gals from this one corner of ye olde Georgia - that deserves a little golden star of its own, I think. Or maybe not. Doesn't matter. I'm proud.
And so grateful. Thanks so much to the fantabulous Anna Meade and Susi Holliday for hosting such a wonderful flash fiction contest!
Oh, and congratulations to the sweet-posing-as-devious Corey Eadson for winning the fan favorite vote last night for his entry "Three Simple Words."
And the overall winners for the contest? We'll find out who they are later this month. Details of that happy day can be found here.
Want a preview of all the wonderful entries? Take a look here.
Did you participate in the contest? Do you have a favorite entry?
Let me know in the comments!