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Zwakman wins award for science fiction writing

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Rejection letters turned up in his mailbox so often Schon Zwakman just plain lost count.

The 34-year-old part-time author from Cottage Grove would weave science fiction tales, submit his short stories to far-flung magazines and publishing houses, only to get the same response each time: a short, dispassionate rebuff; thanks but no thanks.

So he tried again. And again. And again.

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