We have news. Very exciting news!
On Saturday, at the Sydney Writers' Festival the recipient of the 2013/2014 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship was announced.
And we are thrilled to bits and pieces that the winner is our very own Susannah Chambers.
Yes! It's true. And it is the bestest news.
Named after distinguished literary editor Beatrice Davis, and awarded biennially, the Fellowship is the 'highest national recognition and reward for the contribution editors make to Australian writing and publishing'. The Highest National Recognition. One million HOORAYS!
But wait, there's more. The Fellowship winner is awarded an airfare to the USA, and living and accommodation expenses for three months to complete a professional development research project at a range of US publishing houses. Yes, dear readers - this means Susannah will be going to NYC! Her mission will be to 'examine young adult editing and publishing at a time of fascinating growth and transition'.
We Onions are bursting with pride.
Alas. We are unable to bestow our congratulations on her in person. The Fellowship was announced in Sydney on Saturday. On Sunday, Susannah left the country. On a lovely long holiday. If she were here, we would definitely be plying her with cake - and perhaps a small glass of sparkling wine (or two).
So for now we must be content to send our congratulations all across the seas, and when she returns - there will be celebrating. Much celebrating!