I'm generally not one to gloat, but I'm sorry, this is very cool and I'm excited about it: I checked my mailbox today and found a check for $25 from USC-Aiken. Turns out there was a cash prize along with that fourth place award for the story they published in Broken Ink! So, I am now officially (sort of) a professional, paid writer! I know it sounds like nothing, but it's really exciting for me. Today was a good day.