Thanksgiving and a Pushcart Prize Nomination

When I called my mother this evening to tell her my story "The Shoes, The Girl and the Waves that Washed Them Away" had been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, I expected to interrupt her chopping carrots and whipping sweet potatoes; she was frying sausage. My family was in the middle of a Thanksgiving Breakfast.

"You won?!"

"No, Mom. I was nominated."


"It's a big honor."

"Uh huh." My mother has won prizes herself, so she's not easily impressed. Actually she was really pleased for me. I'm just playing with you.

Thanksgiving is a great day to nominate people for prizes. The Pushcart Prize is given to outstanding stories published by small presses. I'm having a sweet and thankful day, so I want to share it with you. I would also like to share this moment with three writer/friends of mine who were nominated with me. Congratulations, Julie Innis, Sheldon Lee Compton and Bill Yarrow. You are all INCREDIBLE.

If you have a chance, stop by Blue Five Notebook and give Sam Rasnake and Michelle Elvy some love. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

I must be off,


  1. Congrats on the nomination. Well deserved, it's a great piece. Best of luck with it.


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