Well, that’s not nothing, folks. I’m pleased. This was my first short story entry in the Writer’s of the Future Contest, so I’m encouraged to submit again and get better.
So many authors have gone through this contest, and many of them start as Honorable Mentions. I did some searching to see how rare it is and found this:
Honorable Mentions are between 5 and 15 percent each quarter. It depends on how many good stories there were.
There is no set number on semi-finalists either but it is approximately 8 to 12 per quarter.
There are 8 finalists always. Those are the stories that get sent to the quarterly judges and the 3 winners are chosen from the 8 finalists.
I’m going to get a certificate in the mail from the publishing house, and I promptly found a market to submit the story to. What a nice feeling- the wind is in my sails today!