Last year I entered a Christmas contest with Cedar Fort. When the results came out I was disappointed that I didn't win. So when I got an email a few days after the big announcement, I calmed my nerves, knowing it was a rejection. It was from an actual person so I thought it might contain a few words of encouragement but I wasn't exactly excited to open the email.
But it wasn't a rejection after all. I had to read the email a couple times before it sunk in.
They liked my story and want to publish it in pamphlet form this Christmas!
I got the contract for The Candy Cane Queen on Friday and sent it in today!