I'm in shock.
This afternoon I received a call from the Erma Bombeck Contest Coordinator at the Washington Centerville Public Library in Dayton, Ohio, telling me my humorous essay, "Honey, Can I Borrow Your Garter Belt?" won first place in the Erma Bombeck Writing Contest.
My hands are still shaking as I type this. I tried to write down the coordinator's comments, but I don't think I got them all.
In a nutshell, I won $500 and admission to the workshop in Dayton ($375 value) if I want to attend. My essay will be published in the Dayton Daily news, and press releases will be sent to local newspapers. My essay will also be printed in the program for the Erma Bombeck celebtation on April 18th.
The first-round judges loved the "hoochie grandma" line, and the final judge commented that "Strunk and White would be proud of this writer's economy of words."
When I find out more details, I will post them here.
Special thanks to my critique group for their suggestions to improve my essay.
And I'm still in shock.