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22 March 2009 @ 04:00 pm
Nice WotF News  

Joni Labaqui just phoned to say that I'm a semi-finalist  in the Writers of the Future Competition for the First Quarter. It isn't on the WotF blog yet, but I presume she's waiting until she's notified everyone.

Very pleased, especially as it's only my second submission, and the third submission is already in.

I'll probably revise the story again after I see K. D. Wentworth's comments. Here's a question, though: Do you think the average slush reader wants to know that a story in the pile was a WotF semi-finalist?
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: "Order of the Phoenix" theme music on daughter's PC
girlspell: Jewish princessgirlspell on March 22nd, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Well, I would. I only read short stories in SciFi anyway. I'm always looking for the rankings of the story beforehand.
Kenken_schneyer on March 24th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Hi, Rachel.
ajjones on March 23rd, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Kenken_schneyer on March 24th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
hhbarmaidhhbarmaid on March 23rd, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
You are on a roll my friend!
Kenken_schneyer on March 24th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping! Thanks, Aleta.
ninja_pencilninja_pencil on March 23rd, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Hey, congratulations!!!!!
Kenken_schneyer on March 24th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks!
Words, Words, Wordsdavidkudler on March 23rd, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
You know, that's a very good question. I mean, will it say, "Hey: this is a story that other editors have found interesting" or will it say, "Huh: if they didn't bite, neither should you." :-p

Honestly? My sense is that the story clearly stands on its own merits. I think I'd let it sell itself.
Kenken_schneyer on March 25th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Hi, David.

I agree with you, but slush readers are in the business of rejecting stories as fast as they can. The question isn't whether the story sells itself, but rather whether the reader gives it an extra few seconds, maybe turns the first page and reads the second page. Saying "I've been to Clarion," or "I really am a Martian," or "This story won an international burping contest" may be enough to pique the reader's interest.
quasi randomkaolinfire on March 24th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Congratulations :)

I expect the average slush reader just wants to read the story and doesn't care too much what someone else thought about it.
Kenken_schneyer on March 25th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)