I got the email from Writers of the Future today.
The Blob On The Rock, my entry for the 1st Quarter of their 29th issue…won!
Yeah….just kidding. Actually, it got an Honorable Mention. That makes two HMs and two flat out rejections for me, so far.
The former coordinating judge, the late K D Wentworth (she passed away last weekend – horrible tragedy. I never met her, but by all accounts she was an amazing lady, and the SF/F world lost one of its greats), wrote in several different places that Honorable Mentions fall into the top 15% of all WotF entries. So while an HM is not a win, I feel pretty good about it.
So now The Blob On The Rock is off making the rounds through the various short fiction markets. First stop: Asimov’s. If they don’t take it maybe Analog, or Clarkesworld, or one of the others will. And if that doesn’t work, it’ll go up as a double with Lords of the Remnant. Either way, it’s all good. 🙂
In the meantime, I took advantage of a great offer that WotF had, and bought the last several years of WotF anthologies for pretty cheap. They arrived today.
So now I have Volumes 22 thru 28, as expected. And Volume 4, which wasn’t expected. Maybe it was advertised as being included in the package, but I forgot about it. Pretty sweet!
Now that’s a lot of reading. But they say if you want to win the contest, you need to read the stories that have in the past, to get a feel for what they’re looking for.
Of course, this goes against my “ebook only” policy. Oh well, it’s worth it. Of course, it was only AFTER I placed the order that I saw they have ebook versions of all of these volumes out there. Oh well…
Right. Well, back to it. Have a great day, everyone.