Thursday, January 7, 2010

Genre Wars Contest and Anthology

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First, congratulations to all the winners in Literary Lab's Genre Wars contest: Frances O'Brien (Grand Prize, also YA/Children/MG), Judith Mercado (Literary), Jason King (Experimental), E. J. Alexander (SciFi/Fantasy), Donna Thorland (Horror/Crime), and Susan James (Romance/Women's). Please click over over the contest results and offer your congratulations to those winners and to read the lab editors' reflections on the contest.

Secondly, I'm pleased to announce that two of my short stories, "The Best Medicine" and "Death, Be not Me," were selected for inclusion in the anthology that will be published from te contest entries. I will have some thoughts and reflections on that later this week, but in the mean time, please click over to the page and cast your vote for which charity should receive the proceeds from the anthology. There are links to in-depth interviews with the three charities being considered, each of which is doing some great things.

.Nevets.

11 comments:

  1. Standards must be really sinking; did you see who got included in the Horror/Crime section?

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  2. Well, some genres are just inherently weaker and require a little more mercy in evaluation. (cough)

    Actually, congratulations, Loren! That's good work and I look forward to reading your work when I purchase my copy. Who am I kidding. Copies.

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  3. C.N., your stories were great. And, keep in mind we picked our selections before knowing who wrote them, so we had no idea that we got two of yours. Loren, your story was absolutely creepy. :)

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  4. Thanks, Davin; that's why I'm so honored to have them both selected.

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  5. Congrats, Nevets! And that's awesome that you got two stories picked! :D

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  6. Congratulations! I absolutely LOVED Death, Be Not Me. It was truly one of my favorites. So well done. Thank you so much for participating!

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  7. Michelle, I'm glad you liked it. That story was more intensely personal than I'd probably care to admit so it's meaningful to me on more than one level.

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  8. Double wow, then, about that being so personal. No wonder it felt so exquisitely emotional. It kind of grossed me out, too, so to have all those feelings rolled into one was amazing.

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  9. Congrats!! You must be so excited!

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  10. Thanks, Aidan and Elana. I'm thrilled and it's also giving me some food for thought. It's a great experience for a lot of reasons.

    Michelle -- it's definitely a gross-out story, and when I had people critique it, that was one of the things I was really watching for. "Is it too gross?" I hate slasher gore, but I built a different relationship with it through my work in forensics. That's a story for another time. What's important is that it's nice to hear that story made it through the grossness.

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