WOTF Press Release
Last night, I was notified that I’m a finalist in the 4th quarter L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.
I don’t generally get too exited about these things. Writers face rejection at every turn, and every win or sale is tempered by a closet of “other shoes” waiting to fall. The trick is not to let them fall on your dreams, to persevere, to improve, and to finally develop confidence in your own estimation of your work.
But I have to admit, this is a big deal. WOTF is hands down, the biggest and most respected contest of it’s kind anywhere in the world, and what makes it better is that it’s judged by professional authors–by those who love the craft and genre.
Being a finalist means I made it into the top eight. The contest does not disclose the number of entries, but if they only get a paltry 80 entries a week (most unlikely) that puts me well above the 99th percentile. In any human undertaking, that’s a pretty strong showing.
The winners are to be announced within the week. I’m not going to worry too much about it, though. Certainly, it is true, that it’s an honor to to have made it this far.