- My sisters and I loved reading Highlights magazine as kids--still do, actually--and nowadays my nephew and nieces wait for every issue.
- I love writing for kids.
- I adore holidays; I buy Christmas gifts in August and ration those shiny Valentine's hearts so they last until the chocolate Easter eggs come out. (Okay, maybe I just adore candy.)
- All submissions that didn't win the contest would be automatically considered for publication in the magazine.
It was a win-win. So I sat down and scribbled a little story, working around a lovely holiday--Easter--and weaving in culture from a favorite country--Ukraine.
And it won! "Easter with Baba Lena" won the Highlights for Children Yearly Fiction Contest!
I still don't believe it.
But here's the link to prove it. It's one of three winning stories.
One more thing:
I've grown up with the Bible verse about "pride goeth before a fall". Mama always said "don't brag on yourself." My German roots and Mennonite culture don't like making this announcement. But as a friend said, maybe my news can inspire others to work toward their dreams.
Sometimes dreams come true.