I entered a poem, written about a year ago in a poetry writing class, in a contest. The first prize is supposedly worth ten thousand dollars. I thought it might be a scam, and I thought I would have to buy an anthology or something where my poem is "published" in order to get the prize money. But I was informed today that my poem was selected as a semi finalist in this contest. No I don't have to buy anything, and yes it has turned out to be legitimate. I turned this in on a whim, and there is a chance that I could actually win. I am praying to God that I do, because there is a lot I could do with ten thousand dollars. Most of which would be selfish, but selfishly necessary, you could say. I would pay for school, I would buy a car, I would donate some of it to the organization I work with. So much can be done with money. It's astounding.
Maybe this is a small step in the right direction towards becoming a world famous author, who knows?