A little bit of validation

Cool! I received a partial scholarship to the Dzanc Books/DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal! I don’t think I’ll be able to attend since it’s so expensive… but I really appreciate what they said about my writing:

“Dear Melissa,

Thank you for submitting to the DISQUIET International Literature Award. The contest attracted more than two hundred entries, many of them extremely sophisticated and globally concerned—making for some difficult choices.

We enjoyed your stories of cultural integration and disintegration and a rare glimpse of life of the Philippine community in the U.S. that they offer. We are very sorry that you did not win, but we would like to see you in Lisbon and can offer you a partial scholarship worth 20% of total tuition to the Dzanc Books DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, July 1-14, this year. We hope that this award may make your attendance possible.”

♥! http://www.disquietinternational.org/about/about-ilp-and-dzanc-books

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