Phoenix Short Story Contest
The finalists in the WCDR Phoenix short story contest have been announced and I’m on the list! Congratulations to all finalists.
|After School||Steve Lloyd|
|Birds of a Feather||Derek Mascarenhas|
|Bittergreen My Life||Sarah Van Goethem|
|Full Time||Steve Lloyd|
|How Merrill Got Her Groove Back||Maaja Wentz|
|Out of the Ashes||Lynda Allison|
|Seven Ravens||Jessica Moore|
|Summer Apples||Sally Moore|
|The Fortunate Man||Ann Rocchi|
|The High Way||Sally Moore|
|The House from Turk’s Cove||Alison Dyer|
|The Steps You Take||Vera Constantineau|
|You Lift Me Up||Margaret Alexander|
I recently wrote a letter to the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region, thanking them for a grant they awarded to me last year to help fund the professional editing of Feeding Frenzy. As a supportive writing community and dynamic volunteer organization, I can’t thank them enough for the encouragement and the opportunities they provide for writers at all stages of their careers. Here is the letter:
I would like to express my gratitude to the WCDR for its generous grant. Recognition in the form of a grant is not just monetary assistance to achieve the goal, but a of reflection of confidence in a writer’s work. Deciding to self-publish my novel, Feeding Frenzy, was not easy. The novel started in the form of chapters posted weekly to Wattpad, a free online reading platform with over 40 million members.
When Wattpad chose to feature Feeding Frenzy, and then later when it won a Watty award, it became clear that the story was of interest to readers. That said, spending the money to properly edit it for publication in e-book and paperback forms was a different matter. When the WCDR decided to provide a grant to help pay for editing, this vote of confidence made it seem both feasible and sensible.
Thank you once again for your confidence in my work, and for your financial support to help bring it to publication. Feeding Frenzy received editorial input from award-winning Canadian writer Richard Srimger, and the manuscript is currently in the hands of award-winning editor Sandra Kasturi. I will be sure to let you know when the publication date is set.
Please feel free to forward this letter to any of your sponsors. I am indebted to the WCDR for the many opportunities it has given me to network with other writers, attend workshops, enjoy guest speakers, read in public, participate in competitions, publish newsletter articles, and attend special events like Bookapaloosa. The local writing scene would be much poorer without the WCDR and its many generous volunteers.