Saturday, I had the honor of attending the awards banquet at the Albuquerque Marriott for SouthWest Writers national writing contest as one of the finalists in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category. An even bigger honor followed when my novel, P2PC, was named the first place winner!
I was presented with a lovely color certificate that bore the theme of the awards ceremony "Enchanting Winners," a check, a copy of the awards program and a critiqued copy of my manuscript.
It was quite an experience.
SouthWest Writers did an amazing job on the awards banquet, including Master of Ceremonies John J. Candelaria who managed to use the name of every single finalist (in 16 categories!) in a poem that he read before the awards were announced. (I'm sure using "P2PC" in a poem was no easy task, but he managed to pull it off beautifully.)
I'd like to give a special thanks to SouthWest Writers (SWW) for all their efforts in sponsoring this national contest, to the contest coordinator, all the judges and members who worked so hard to make the contest such a success and the awards banquet a very special occasion.