The Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest
Yikes, I'm published! Or will be next year at any rate.
Apparently my short story "Lisa with Child" placed second in the first quarter of this year's Writers of the Future--the science fiction publishing industry's largest writing contest for newcomers. Not bad for my second try, and it's certainly not too shabby for someone who has never published anything. Essentially it gets my story published in next years WOTF anthology, my first literary paycheck, and a slot at an all-expenses-paid writers workshop, next year in LA. It also means that I beat out nearly a thousand other entrants to win before a board of famous science fiction authors. The reality of all this is still sinking in...
So, I need to pop in over at Baen's Bar and thank all of my fellow aspirants who were so very generous with their time and feedback.
Many, many thanks!
Also, congratulations to the other winners of this quarter - Tom Crosshill and K.C. Ball who placed first and third in the writing competition, as well as the illustrators Kelsey Wroten, Casssandra Shaffer, and Seth Rowanwood.