Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

“Luck will be yours when you least expect it.”

chicken dinner

I had a tough time last week, so thanks for all the encouragement. You guys must have sent some good luck my way, too. Because what a difference a week makes! I’ve won not once, but twice over the past few days.

That’s right. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! This phrase originally comes from games of alley craps during the Great Depression. However, it’s also referenced in the movie 21 because legend goes that an average Las Vegas win ($2) could buy a chicken dinner ($1.79).  For a cultural parallel, when you win in mahjong, you can say, “Sik wu!” (lit. “Eat congee!”).

It looks like winners get all the yummy food. Here are my latest prizes:

  • 2nd place in an anthology contest (more details later when the book comes out)
  • 50-page critique from editor Jeni Chappelle (I almost never win raffles, but…)

Okay, I’m off to eat some chicken or congee. Scratch that. Let’s make it congee with chicken.


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  1. Congratulations Jennifer! I’m sure it was more than luck, including persistence, quality, and originality.
    In Spanish, we say “Sapo” when we get lucky. The word means ‘frog,’ lol :)

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Thanks, Mona! I didn’t know about “Sapo”–hmm, not sure if I want to be associated with a frog. I think I’ll take the chicken instead :)

  2. Congrats on your recent winnings! I love when these kinds of things happen to me. I once won a giveaway of five books. But the publisher messed up(Harper) and sent me five of each book- I got 25 books in the mail! I donated some to libraries and did some giveaways of my own. It was like Christmas! =)

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Thanks, Leandra! Wow, that’s great that you got 5x what you were expecting. I went to a librarian convention over the summer, and it felt like Christmas to me, as I got all these new advanced reading copies. (There was actually a big line at the local post office as people boxed and shipped off all their literary swag.)

  3. So happy for you, Jennifer. Bad news are often followed by good. So enjoy them! Curious to know more about the anthology contest. See you.

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Thanks, Evelyne! Writing is such an up-and-down ride. There should be a link to the anthology contest on this post. I wrote a piece about how my mom inspired me when I was growing up–usually I write fiction, but I wanted to honor her with an essay.

  4. Happy for you JENnifer! May you continue the winning streak! And thanks for the explanation of the chicken reference. NEver knew that.

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