It wasn't pretty, there were some knock down drag outs, but we have narrowed our list down to six. For me, what these semi-final rounds have demonstrated is that sometimes this competition comes down to the luck of the draw...or a single word. You might argue, what is the point of WRiTE CLUB if LUCK is a contributing factor in who advances. Shouldn't the goal be to see the best writing rise to the top? I would counter that making it in the publishing business requires some element of luck, and the truth is the best writing doesn't always make it to the shelf. The contest ended for some very talented WRiTER's in this round, but that doesn't diminish their accomplishments or their futures in any way. For six others, the contest goes on and that element of luck still exists, but good fortune can only place them in the best possible position to advance and their writing skill still decides their fate.
Here are our six semi-finalist:
Round 1 - Art Gallery
Round 2 - Lucky Left Hook
Round 3 - Casey Brooks
Round 4 - Lily Mason
Round 5 - Jamie Stuart
Round 6 - Anne Shirley
These six will once again be randomly paired for their next bout, which will begin on Tuesday (February 14). In this round each bout will remain open for voting for two days and the WRiTER's will be putting their previous round submissions to the test once again. There will be three matches, with three winners, but a fourth "wildcard" winner will also move onto the quarter-final round. The loser with the most votes will become that wildcard.
I will announce the four winners next Monday (February 20th).
Anyone reading this can vote, so blog / tweet / facebook / text / smoke signal everyone you know and get them to participate as well. We only averaged 23 votes per bout in the last round, which is nothing like I hoped we see.
Good luck to all of our WRiTER’s!