Anyone who's been dropping by my blog for the last, oh, five years, recognizes that I post these updates on my Writers of the Future finish every quarter. (Actually, last quarter I skipped, but that's neither here nor there.) Every quarter except one in which I made semi-finalist, I've reported an honorable mention or rejection. So I'm very happy to share the news that this quarter, I am a finalist!
I had convinced myself several quarters ago that I was never going to break through that ceiling, that my writing style and the sorts of things I write aren't suited for this contest's judges. At least for this quarter, I'm happy to admit I was wrong. I hit the bull's-eye ... or pretty close to it. Out of eight finalists, three are chosen as winners. All other things being equal, the odds are against me pulling out a win, so I'm preparing myself for a sadder result. But win or lose, this is a big achievement for me.
The stats in 19 quarters:
Honorable mention: 10
Silver honorable mention: 1