Thanks guys. The good thing about writing is that it's not a zero-sum game. I'm sure Patrick is going to go on to a glittering career and it will be well deserved.
Having said that, I won't lie and say that reading the results in this thread wasn't a punch in the guts. It's not easy coming close, especially on the heels of a couple of years of rejections. Still, that's a writer's lot. I'm feeling better about it than a few days ago.
You found out via the press release? You didn't get a phone call to say you hadn't won?
I doubt this was a flash in the pan, Nick. What may not be obvious to you about your writing will be obvious to KDW. She had already selected my story--the one that had been entered into the following quarter--as finalist, before she was told to pull it as I'd already won.
You'll be a finalist again--winning at that point is a roll of the dice.
Hi Skadder, I didnít receive a phone call. From what I can gather, one of the winners could not be contacted and they needed to go ahead with the press release. I guess they made the decision not to call so that everyone learned the results the same way.
To be honest, I know that this story is better than the next quarterís and itís the best thing Iíve done by quite a long shot. I had to throw the Q1 story together at the last minute after some ill-advised re-writing. Furthermore, I had formatting problems, so there are stray paragraphs and formatting problems all over the place.
Kathleen, Iíd be happy getting anything published, as long as I donít have to pay for it. Getting published in the anthology would be a huge bonus.