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extrinsic
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First Quarter 2017 Results here (W&IotF site, 5/30/2017 release).

Two recognizable Hatrack members on the list:

Hannah Reinhold from the United Kingdom for semifinalist

Kent A. Jones from Minnesota for honorable mention

Congratulations!

Also published 5/30/2017 at WotF's blog by guest David Farland "Why You Only Got Honorable Mention."

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[Big Grin]
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Great job, Hannah and Kent! [Big Grin]

I'm not on the list, but I did get a silver honorable mention. (They're doing a thing where you have to tell them you want to be listed for them to put your name on the blog. First quarter for that. I had a lot of stuff going on in real life at the time and forgot to reply until over a month later as a result.)

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Congratulations to Disgruntled Peony, too!

Moi? I have several WotF honorable mentions from past years' quarters. The joy and sting of those set me onto a prose study journey that continues ad infinitum. Maybe I've overshot the mark!?

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Thanks. And congrats to DP and Kent!

The story I submitted actually grew out of my 13-lines entry to last summer's Marathon Challenge here, so these challenges are certainly good for something!

Semifinalists get feedback from David Farland, and his verdict on my piece was that it lacked sensory detail and had a weak setup. Sensory detail is something I only began practising in earnest after I'd submitted the entry, so fair enough, I thought. But I'd considered the opening one of the better parts! And isn't one of Hatrack's main purposes to help us nail openings? Yet now, rereading the piece for the first time in months, I discover gaping holes in my setup: the MC's name appears for the first time on page 3, his gender is unclear, his ultimate role/purpose is not given, the location (on various levels) is sketchy, and the basic surroundings emerge only much later in the piece. No wonder DF thought it was weak. Sometimes it takes another pair of eyes to point out what should have been obvious.

Now to revise and try to find another market!

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Congratulations all!
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