I am thrilled to announce that my unpublished novel won the 2013 Mslexia Novel Competition. I am truly honoured and so thankful for the encouragement and enthusiasm offered to me by Debbie Taylor (Editorial Director of Mslexia), as well as Charlotte Robertson, Kirsty Lang and Val McDermid (the jury). It feels like the past few months have been a dream that just keeps getting better — long list, short list and now this news. I am blessed to be in the company of the women of Mslexia and all of the women novelists from around the world who entered the competition – women who write and who dream the same things I do. I wish much success to one and all.