The League of Utah Writers is the organization for authors in Utah. With members all over the state, it's a well-established, well-respected institution. Once a year they hold a contest for various different types of writing, from poetry to articles, full-length novels to short stories, fiction and nonfiction.
This year I entered an unpublished manuscript in the book length fiction category, and a copy of "Strength to Endure" in the published category.
They didn't have enough entries to hold the contest in the book length fiction division, but I found out just this morning that I won a certificate for "Strength to Endure!"
That is pretty stinkin' cool, if you ask me. I can now refer to myself as an "award-winning author." Yes, indeed, I like the sound of that . . .