As one of those judges, I can tell you that narrowing the mountain of submissions down to just 32 was not an easy chore AT ALL! One judge commented that they now understood what it’s like to be an agent reading through the slush pile. When I made the changes to the contest this year, not providing everybody a chance to compete in the ring was the one area I struggled with the most, but WRiTE CLUBS popularity was its own worst enemy and necessitated the change. For those of you who submitted an entry but did not make the final list…I’m sorry. There were many, many, quality pieces that were so close, but the line had to be drawn somewhere. Almost every single submission received at least one vote from a judge, and only a single entry garnered unanimous votes. Do not let this discourage you. Use it as fuel to hone your skills and come back next year to capture the title!
So, here are the pen names (in alphabetical order) of the 2013 WRiTE CLUB pool of contestants:
Emma T. Nestor
Mary Ann March
N. U. Endo
I also want to thank the nine other members of the panel whose job it was to come up with this list. I couldn't have done it without you!
Barbara Jean Byrem
Kari Marie White
As I stated previously, the first bout will be tomorrow between two randomly selected members of this list. Best of luck to all of you!
See you back here tomorrow! :)