6 years old
When I was a senior in high school, I entered a local short story competition at the insistence of my high school librarian, Ms. Blaine (She was trying to get others to do so, as well, but no one is as crazy as me, I guess). I came in second, won $50, and that's the only writing award I've ever won. I don't even know where that story is, or how I spent the money, but there was a short ceremony at the public library, and it may have made the newspaper. This was back in 2003-04, so online news hadn't hit its stride yet.
I graduated in 2009 with my BFA in Creative Writing, and minors in Music and Digital Film.