Did I mention that my daughter Julia recently won a cash award for a short SF story she wrote for last summer’s international science fiction writing contest? (It was sponsored by a consortium that included UNESCO, the European Space Agency, and other groups I’ve never heard of—and also, in the U.S., the National Space Society.)
She got word last summer that she’d won the U.S. portion of the competition for middle school aged kids, and that her story was going on for international judging. She didn’t win that final stage, and had assumed that her only prize was the knowledge that she’d won the U.S. section. But several months later, out of the blue, came a check in the mail. At age 13, she’s now earned more per word for a short story sale than I ever have in my entire career! You go!