Dancing conga rats once again for all that placed, anywhere on that list! You are up against what is likely two or three thousand a quarter from around the world, and some of those writers are in powerful workshops with bestselling authors critiquing their manuscripts. It is no light thing to make that list, and some of you have made it many times. You deserve a round of applause. Or a conga line of dancing rats in hula skirts and coconut shell bras!
And don't feel bad if you didn't place. You worked hard, submitted the best you can do right now, and what you write tomorrow will be even better, because every day we learn something new. Just don't stop. Every single writer that made it went through this, even though some famous writers act like they didn't. Nuh-uh. Every writer had a beginning. It was ugly. : )
Certificates should be in the mail soon. Shout out here when you get them...Joni misses some now and then, and you can wait forever if you don't know she already sent the lot out.
Keep writing. Keep sending.
Q4 Vol 35 "Super-Duper Moongirl..."
Annual Critters Readers' Choice Award: First Place, "War Dog," Best SF&F Short Story of 2018
Gala Awards Ceremony Speech: https://youtu.be/9Vf1eeeKPRA
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