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Posted by JenniferHicks (Member # 8201) on :
The Hatrack club of Writers of the Future winners has another member. Congratulations to Nick Tchan (NickT) for his second place finish.

Posted by axeminister (Member # 8991) on :
Just awesome!
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Posted by Nick T (Member # 8052) on :
Hi everyone,

It’s a bit overwhelming, especially since I didn’t expect the results to be public for a few days yet. I’ve mostly been away from posting on Hatrack since my daughter was born, but I still lurk.

Hatrack has been an integral part of my continuing writing education and I’m sure it will continue to play a part as I continue to learn. I’ve managed to get my foot in the door with the 2nd place, but I still have a lot to learn to go any further. I’m sure Hatrack will help me along in that process and there have been so many Hatrackers who’ve taught me so much.
There are two people from Hatrack I’d like to thank in particular. Firstly I’d like to thank Jennifer Campbell Hicks for being my primary critique partner on my winning story, a sounding board for ideas and one of my best friends.

Secondly, I’d like to thank Brad Torgersen for his advice and support, especially after I was a non-winning finalist for Q4 2010 and was wondering whether I was destined to fall just short at every venue I submitted to. I wouldn’t have kept at it without Brad and Jennifer's moral support.


Posted by Foste (Member # 8892) on :
Yay, yay, YAY!
Posted by genevive42 (Member # 8714) on :
Fantastic!! Way to go!
Posted by Wordcaster (Member # 9183) on :

Congrats. Can't wait to read it in the next edition!

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Posted by JenniferHicks (Member # 8201) on :
Ah, Nick, you're making me blush.

You deserve the win, and all the credit is yours. It's one of the most imaginative and well-written stories I've read in years of critiquing WotF entries.

Posted by A Yeatts (Member # 9500) on :
Congratulations! Can't wait to read it!
Posted by Meredith (Member # 8368) on :
Woohoo! Congratulations!
Posted by BenM (Member # 8329) on :
Second place is an awesome place to be :) Many congrats.
Posted by axeminister (Member # 8991) on :
So, are you looking forward to being a judge in next year's WotF trigger contest?

A huge honor in its own right.


Posted by History (Member # 9213) on :
Mazel tov!

Dr. Bob

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Posted by MAP (Member # 8631) on :
Awesome. Congrats Nick!!!
Posted by Betsy Hammer (Member # 8139) on :
Congratulations, Nick!
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Posted by KayTi (Member # 5137) on :
Congrats Nick, that's fantastic! I bet you're so excited!
Posted by Natej11 (Member # 8547) on :
Congratulations! And may it be just the beginning for you .
Posted by skadder (Member # 6757) on :
Congrats, Nick! Well done! Make sure you get a copy of 28 signed by as many people (winners and judges) for the competition!

[This message has been edited by skadder (edited July 29, 2011).]

Posted by pdblake (Member # 9218) on :
Very well done mate.
Posted by Pyre Dynasty (Member # 1947) on :
Awesome. It must be something in the water. (What water you ask? Hatrack is a river isn't it?)
Posted by Osiris (Member # 9196) on :
Congrats Nick! You inspire us all.
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Posted by MartinV (Member # 5512) on :
Great work.
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Posted by Crystal Stevens (Member # 8006) on :
I'm one of those that critted Nick's story. I had a feeling this might be the one for Nick.

May this be just the beginning of many more sales to come. Well done, my friend. Well done indeed.

Did any other Hatrackers get in the standing?

Posted by skadder (Member # 6757) on :
Don't forget to join Codex!
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Posted by AndrewR (Member # 1563) on :
Let me second Meredith: Woohoo!!!
Posted by Josephine Kait (Member # 8157) on :
Awesome! Major Congrats!
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Posted by Brad R Torgersen (Member # 8211) on :
Nick, no need to thank me -- it was *YOU* who got up off the mat and went for another go. *YOU* who did the work, and turned in an excellent story. All I did was try to let you know that you're not alone, I'd been through the crushing experience of not winning, and that, "this too shall pass...." Glad -- so very, very glad! -- to see you come around and nail the win this time. How sweet it is, eh?

Well done!

Posted by philocinemas (Member # 8108) on :
Congratulations, Nick. I'm not around here as much anymore either - too busy with work, and, unfortunately, not writing very often (at least not fiction). I hope this leads to big things for you.
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Posted by ingersollink (Member # 9582) on :
Very well done Nick!
Posted by Nick T (Member # 8052) on :
Hi everyone,

Brad, once again, thanks. Words are not enough for what you and Jennifer have done for me over the past year.

Skadder, Codex seems a bit scary to me. I’ve just sent off an application to join…

Posulliv, I’m very, very glad that volume 27 wasn’t published before I submitted my story. If I’d read Maddy Dune… before I’d submitted, I probably would have given up for despair of ever being able to write a story like that. Brilliant.

Philocinemas, I miss reading your work. Get back to it.

Crystal, as per my email, thanks so much for the critique.

Everyone else, thanks for your congratulations, it’s very humbling.




Posted by sjeanne (Member # 9534) on :
Many congratulations!
Posted by tchernabyelo (Member # 2651) on :
Been out of the loop for a few days, only just seen this. Congrats, Nick! And Codex isn't scary at all - they're good people.

[This message has been edited by tchernabyelo (edited August 01, 2011).]

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Posted by rich (Member # 8140) on :
Haven't been around in awhile, but a big CONGRATS!!
Posted by snapper (Member # 7299) on :
Congrats Nick.

Not going to raise a big stink but does William Ledbetter really meet the non-professional criterea set for this contest? The guy has been writing for years and has a very impressive resume in sales, not to mention he also edits one of the biggest contests every year, the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest.

True, WotF is an anonymous contest, so he did win it fair and square, but I've known of a couple of writers who felt they weren't eligible selling a lot less than he has.

Posted by Nick T (Member # 8052) on :

Thanks guys.

Snapper, a lot of people rule themselves out of WOTF when they're actually eligible. I think that WOTF counts professional sales as SFWA-eligible sales and *one* of those is very, very hard to achieve. Even an impressive sale like Abyss and Apex or ASIM wouldn't count. The other thing is that it's the fourth publication that counts (i.e. when it is put up on the website or printed, not when the sale is made). Given the lag between sales and publication, someone could have an impressive list of credentials and still be eligible.

I just had a quick look at William's website and while he has an impressive list of publications from very credible venues, I don't think that many of them are actually SFWA qualified.


Posted by snapper (Member # 7299) on :
I gotcha, Nick. It looks as if he's under the standards set. Nevertheless, seeing Mr Ledbetter's name is like attending your sons high school football game and seeing the opposing team with a player a foot taller and having a 100 pounds on everyone else.

Congrats to him, the big bully.

Posted by Nick T (Member # 8052) on :
... is like attending your sons high school football game and seeing the opposing team with a player a foot taller and having a 100 pounds on everyone else.

Playing with the big boys is how you get better. Every now and then you get a bloody nose though.

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