I am, understandably pleased (thrilled, honoured, excited, right gobsmacked!).
I was turned down last year when I applied to for a grant to write an adult novel. So instead I wrote one for children, completed in June and in November accepted for publication by Orca Book Publishers.
In October I submitted my application to Canada Council for a grant to write another book about Tansy, this time focusing on the disappearance of the mysterious 'Piggy Boy' while Tansy is spending the summer at her grandfather's house on BC's Sunshine Coast.
I was not surprised when I heard earlier this month that I had not been awarded a grant (despite my project having been 'highly recommended'). Writers far better than I also received rejections this year.Then yesterday more mail from the CC - this time saying that program budgets have been revised and my application was successful.
I may have done just a little shrieking with excitement!
It's not just the money. It's the fact that this grant gives me a little credibility with the arts establishment, and recognizes that children's writing is worth supporting.
So now of all the projects I have on the go, I will be working on the Piggy Boy until the end of the year, now that I am, in effect, working for the Canadian taxpayers!