I’m thrilled to announce that I’m a finalist in the Write Michigan short story contest. My sci-fi story, “Archived,” is one of ten stories that were chosen by judges to be voted on by the public between now and January 31st. I’m humbled and completely excited to spread the news about this honor between now and then. I’m so grateful for this opportunity!
Will you vote for me?
Here’s what you need to know about voting:
- You can read the story in full and vote for it here: http://writemichigan.org/vote.html
- Anyone can vote. Voters don’t have to live in Michigan residents. (Only the writers had to be Michigan residents.)
- You can vote once per week from a given computer in each of the two categories: Writers over 18, and writers under 18.
- That means you could vote on your work computer, then your home computer, then on your phone, then on your iPad, then on your whatever-else-you’ve-got … once per week.
- Voting ends on January 31, 2013
- Winners are announced on February 1, 2013.
- You can read all about the contest and all of the entries in both the adult and teenage categories at www.WriteMichigan.org
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that my story was chosen. This is the first time I’ve ever been a “finalist” at anything. (I honestly can remember being a finalist in anything before. I generally avoid competitions like I avoid math problems or diet soda.) I owe a huge debt of thanks to a few people:
- My wife, for her endless support of my writing.
- My writers group, The Weaklings, for their constant encouragement, coaching, spurring-on, and camaraderie. I was with the Weaklings when I wrote my first draft of this story during the 3-Day Novel weekend of 2010. It sat in my filing cabinet for over a year before I touched it again.
- My friend and Zondervan colleague, Brian Phipps, who read an early draft of this story and provided critical feedback on the characters and the plot. Brian is a published poet and his advice on how to “earn my ending” was (and still is) invaluable to me.
I’m so excited to have been chosen to be a finalist that honestly, even if I lose, I’ll still be thrilled and thankful. What an honor just to place in the final ten!
Please take a few minutes and cast a vote for me. Thank you!