A. Manette Ansay, "Read This and Tell Me What It Says," 1992 What the award meant: Winning the Nelson Algren Award no doubt helped my career in countless ways, but the immediate benefit to me was the validation of knowing my writing had (who knew?) financial worth. I had been paid by literary journals, up to that point, in contributor's copies. Don't get me wrong: This was lovely, but to appear in the Tribune, to be honored at a banquet, to receive such a check -- these moments were my first taste of real possibility. And the timing, for me, could not have been better.
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