I'm one of the shortlisted authors for the Costa Short Story Award!
For those of you not up to date with the short story scene, and/or not based in the UK, this is a big deal.
It's a competition, linked in with the Costa Book Awards, for UK only writers. Judging - and subsequent voting by the general public - is completely anonymous, which obviously keeps the judging solely about the stories not the authors.
I've done a proper, author-sounding announcement on my web site, so right now I'm just going to...
Right, that's done... although I don't think it fully reflects the excitement and nervousness I'm feeling. In fact, I don't think I have the words at all... which is a little bit worrying for a writer, I know.
Next week, I'll be going to the Costa Book Awards to find out if I've won, and also to see the winner of their Book of the Year announced. I've got my dress ready, and all I need to do is practise walking in my new shoes, and stop panicking... Easier said than done, on both counts.
There will be updates. And photos... Lots and lots of photos!
Until then, please cross your fingers and think positive thoughts for me.
Excellent! Fingers crossed for you! :)ReplyDelete
Fantastic news! Just being shortlisted is massive. The very best of luck.ReplyDelete
Congrats! Hope you win! :DReplyDelete
Wow! Congratulations. A big deal indeed.ReplyDelete
Congratulations! Enjoy the experience. Good-luck!ReplyDelete
Hey, that's amazing! I hope you win!! Best of luck to you!!ReplyDelete
Hi Annalisa - that's amazing ... I'm so pleased for you - in fact I'm so chuffed for you ... you're one of us blogging folk, but an author who does things ... a very big deal - now I shall pay attention to these awards ... I might even curtsy as I cross into Cornwall - when I next do!! Gosh - that is brilliant .. no wonder you're so pleased ... then having to keep it under your hat for so long - clever!!ReplyDelete
Excellent and I'm jumping with joy for you too ... that's fantastic ... enjoy, enjoy!!!!! - cheers Hilary
I LISTENED to Annalisa's interview .. hope you all get a chance to hear her ... it was well worth it ... and such wise words re her story etc .. wonderful and such a great feather in your cap ... enjoy the weekend - cheers HilaryDelete
Big congratulations!! Now on to the win.ReplyDelete
Yee-haw from across the pond. Kudos, wow, ultra cool and good luck. I'm rooting for you!!! Congrats on being nominated - wow - and now on to the finale.ReplyDelete
Congratulations, Annalisa! Good luck and have a fantastic time!ReplyDelete
You've got all my positive thoughts! Here's to winning.ReplyDelete
Best of Luck to you! Remember, Stay Calm and Carry On. Enjoy the excitement.ReplyDelete
Congratulations!!! That is awesome news. Good luck!!!ReplyDelete
Oh my, that's AMAZING news!! Congrats, Annalisa!! I'm keeping all my fingers crossed for you!! Can't wait to see the photos :)!!ReplyDelete
Absolutely splendid news, Annalisa! Well done and good luck.ReplyDelete
Wishing you all the best and congrats.ReplyDelete
Oh wow, Annalisa that's huge! Many congratulations. Crossing everything for you. Good luck.ReplyDelete
Wonderful! Good luck and enjoy the awards.ReplyDelete
Very well done Annalisa!! What a fantastic accomplishment. You are already a winner, no matter what happens on the day. But I will be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you. Really made up for you!!! JOLLY WELL DONE!!!
Thanks everyone! It's been a really hectic 36 hours, but I'm having fun... I think :-)ReplyDelete
My fingers are crossed, and congratulations! Have fun, too! That's really cool that you were short-listed for the award; maybe you could include that information in your query if the story hasn't been published yet.ReplyDelete
OMG,Annalisa - that is amazing news and so well deserved! Good luck, good luck, good luck! xReplyDelete
Oh wow! That's wonderful news! Fingers crossed!ReplyDelete
Yay! I'm so excited for you. No matter what happens, you've earned this.ReplyDelete
I caught this on FB this morning. Super fantastic news! Well deserved. You are an amazing writer! Enjoy the presentations and wearing that special dress! :-)ReplyDelete
Wonderful 3rd ... so so pleased for you ... cheers HilaryReplyDelete