I received a cheque in the mail today from the Christian Courier for my poem "The Magic of a Father and a Daughter": I can officially say "I'm published!"
Eventhough I've been writing steadily for about five years, I've never considered myself a published author. I wrote an article for the Brantford Expositor back in 1998 about adoption. I wrote a poem about adoption called "Did I Ever Thank You?" published in a vanity poetry anthology in 2001. I've taken writing courses online at Mohawk College in recent summers. I've participated in NaNoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month) for the past three years where I (along with my writers' club friends)wrote a novel of 50,000 words in the space of a month. And this year when I attended the Christian Writers' Conference in Guelph, they asked me if I was published or not and I said "No". They hold a writing contest for attendees each year and the top three winners have either all or some of their registration fee paid. I was intending on entering the contest, but I can't. If you've been paid for your writing, you're considered published and therefore ineligible. What a great problem to have!
While I haven't had the ever elusive book published, I'm still working on that project. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to be recognized for my work. While I may not win a Pulitzer Prize, I will keep tapping away at the computer keys as I edit my book, add posts to my blog and write newspaper articles and poetry. Thank you, Christian Courier and Maranatha News, for giving me the opportunity to showcase my writing!
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