Heather E. Goodman, "His Dog," 2007-08What the award meant: Winning the Nelson Algren award meant I could put a new roof on our home. It's a metaphor I'm happy to beat to death. When rejections roll in, the Algren award provides shelter, reminds me I have written a good story, shoves me to crack the code again and again. Without the Algren, I'd be more willing to give up.
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