University of Northern Iowa Dept. of English Language and Literature Myrtle Telleen Collins "Spirit of Life" Award for student writing, 2008
Short stories, American; Vacations--Fiction;
Nora woke up before her alarm went off. She half-wished she could go back to sleep, but her internal clock was too stubborn to allow it. The room was still dark, and she lay for several minutes, listening to the silence and watching the glowing red numbers on the digital clock across the room. She treated the device warily, like a wild animal that sat encaged on her bookshelf. She hated the harsh sound of it enough to get up every morning and trot across the room to turn it off before it awoke.
Department of English Language and Literature
©2008 Emily Burney
Burney, Emily, "The dream vacation" (2008). Student Writing Awards. 13.