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Writers of the Future Silver Honorable Mention

This is a first.

The story I entered in the second quarter 2016 Writers of the Future Contest received a Silver Honorable Mention, which means it fell somewhere between Honorable Mention and Semi-Finalist. I’ve had both of those before, but never the in-between.

I’m a bit surprised that this story did that well. My first quarter story was more fun to write. But I didn’t think either of them were really WOTF fare.

This one is a rather quiet story —  a very personal story, with stakes that are important for the protagonist but not for the universe.  Which is the sort of story I find interesting to read, but rather more literary than WOTF-winning stories usually are. Still, I’m glad it got noticed.

One of these days, I’m hoping to hit the sweet spot and get a finalist nod.

On another note, I expect to have some good news to announce shortly. Stay tuned.





Another Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future

In the “always a bridesmaid” category, I’ve received another Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future.

One of my previous Honorable Mentions sold to Andromeda Spaceways, but another Honorable Mention and my Semi-Finalist story have yet to sell. Interestingly, one of my straight rejections sold to Urban Fantasy Magazine.

In recent quarters, I’ve entered sporadically when I’ve had a story I thought stood a chance. My work doesn’t tend to resemble the sorts of stories that end up in the anthology in form, style, or subject matter so it’s always a risk to send to Writers of the Future. But I keep entering because I’d love to go to the workshop — as a working mom with a demanding, full-time day job, I’m unlikely ever to be able to go to one of the six-week workshops, but a week I could swing.

Lately, in particular, I’ve been experimenting with story form (stories in the form of FAQs and message boards, or in forms closer to prose poems than anything else) and with atypical narrators (choral narrators, ensemble narrators, narrators without main characters), both of which are death knells for the contest. So I haven’t been submitting to the contest much.

I had a blast writing the story that got the Honorable Mention, and I still enjoy reading it. I hope it finds a good home.



Now It Can Be Told! (And a Short Update)

I haven’t been identifying my honorable mentions and semi-finalists in the Writers of the Future Contest by name in case a potential publisher is evaluating one of my submissions and visits my site. I don’t know whether a given publisher will consider a contest shortlisting a good thing or a bad thing.  In the “literary fiction” arena, from whence I hail, shortlistings are generally a good thing.  But I’m still learning the mores of genre submitting, and to make things more complicated, there seems to be conflicting information on just about everything having to do with submitting to genre publications.  As a lawyer, I’ve learned the value of keeping one’s mouth shut when in doubt and it seems silly to take the risk of prejudicing a decision, so I’ve kept mum on the subject.

Now that one of my honorable mentions has appeared in print (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 59), I feel I can make the following revelation.  Drum roll, if you please:


WOTF HM Across the Fourth Sea

I’m eagerly awaiting my contributor copy of ASIM 59, which I’m told will be winging its way to me shortly.

In other news, I just got back from two weeks in Scotland.  I’ve been before, but never for this long, and never as a tourist. I’d forgotten how much I love the UK in general and Scotland in particular.  Everyone I ran into was extremely friendly and there’s a joie de vivre about the place that is contagious.  Loads of fun, and now I just wish I could win the lottery (or at least make a living as a writer rather than a lawyer with that pesky bar admission issue) so that I can buy a little cottage in the highlands and live in a place full of history, magic and wonder. Here’s a taste:


Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, one of several castles we visited.  I have many, many pictures of this one, as it’s a large complex of buildings, almost all of which are accessible to visitors.  The day we were there, the tapestry weaving demonstration was closed, but other than that we saw all there was to see, including the kitchens, the prison cells, the great hall, and the royal bedrooms.

Doune Castle

Doune Castle, famous as a movie location, among other things.  You may recognize it from any number of films and television programs, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones, and the new Outlander series.  We only saw this one from the outside because we were running off to Loch Lomond.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle. A striking building from the outside, perched as it is atop volcanic rock at the end of the Royal Mile, seen here from the top of a double decker city tour bus.  Interesting, especially for us history buffs, but small, on the inside. There’s much more to see at Stirling in terms of square footage, but as this is one of Edinburgh’s main attractions, it’s worth a visit.

The bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond The bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.  A gorgeous, peaceful lake in an idyllic wooded setting.

Loch Ness

The dark waters of Loch Ness.  Nessie did not make an appearance during our boat ride on the loch, but I had a beer called Nessie’s Monster Mash from the bar on board.  Enough of those and you’ll see her doing the Macarena in a polka dot chiffon dress.

I could go on, but I’ll quit while I’m ahead and close with a few for the Harry Potter fans:

Jacobite 1 ViaductJacobite 2

The Jacobite Steam Train, aka Hogwarts Express, which you can ride on a route that travels over the viaduct pictured above.  Poor train.  It was photobombed by my no. 2 son’s replica of itself.

Ah Scotland, I miss you and I’ve only just left.  Cheers.