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My short story, The Family Legend, was one of the five stories to make it to the final round of the 2009 GSHW short story competition.

All five were then judged by ellen_datlowand Space & Time Magazine's Hildy Silverman  (aka hildy9595).

Even though I didn't win, I'm still chuffed, in part because this is my first attempt at writing a proper short - as opposed to my usual novels or flash fiction - but mostly to have my work read by such distinguished judges.

Congratulations to this year's winner, Dina Leacock, who took the award and accompanying $100 prize money with her story, Tips.


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karen_w_newton
Oct. 10th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Always celebrate the victories, and making the final round is definitely a victory.
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Thanks :)

As part of the competition, I get some written feedback from some of the people involved in the slush-reading process, which should be useful too.
mylefteye
Oct. 10th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
*\o/*
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Thanks, Michael :)
kmarkhoover
Oct. 10th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
wow, that is not bad, you should feel proud
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
I certainly feel a little more confident :)
bogwitch64
Oct. 10th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, lovey! That's awesome.
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Thanks, Terri :)
amygrech
Oct. 10th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Congrats! :)
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
maryjdal
Oct. 10th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations :)
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
matthewsrotundo
Oct. 11th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Strong showing, Jon! Congrats!
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
silverwerecat
Oct. 11th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Congrats!

Kitty Editor is pleased. (See icon).
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Lol, good one :)

I'm looking forward to the written feedback from some of the people involved in the slush-reading process. Aside from missing commas, I'll find out what else I can do to improve it :)

vaughan_stanger
Oct. 11th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Nice one, John!
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, Vaughan :)
black_faery
Oct. 11th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Getting to the finals is great :-)
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, I was pleasantly surprised :)
jakobdrud
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
Making the finals is really cool! Good luck with your next story.
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jakob. This has given me the confidence to have a bash at another :)
jtglover
Oct. 11th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
Congrats on the finals! Markers of progress are markers of progress, and those are indeed fine people to have reading your work.
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Now I have to figure out how to improve upon it :)
faerie_writer
Oct. 11th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
Making it to the finals is awesome! Congratulations!! :D
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

Between the time I submitted it and the time the results came out, my critique group found some excellent ways to make the story better, so I certainly wasn't expecting to make it into the top 5.
bondo_ba
Oct. 11th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
Wow - making it thta far on your first serious attempt at a short is amazing. Great job!
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Gustavo :)

It's definitely given me the confidence to write another.
scriitor
Oct. 11th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
Well done, that's a fine achievement.
jongibbs
Oct. 11th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Vincent :)
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