Monday, March 15, 2010


It wasn't until I was cooking lunch for guests this weekend that I learned my stove has two temps, burn-to-a-crisp and OFF.

Forget that, I bet everyone wants to know who the winners are in the short story contest, yes?

The judges have sent in their votes and most sent comment which I will share with each writer. In addition to the judges' take on the story itself, they judged with the criteria that is linked to the cactus logo in the top left on the sidebar.

I want to make sure everyone understands the crux of this gig. If I had a dozen lit agents judge this contest, the results would be much the same, their opinions would run the whole spectrum - as it did this contest. There was of course clear winners, but the non-winners were not too far behind and mostly grouped close to each other.

The point of this is: take rejection letters from agents with a grain of salt. Do improve your query letter, but also know, as I've said before, this is a subjective industry. I think everyone can recall a time when there was a buzz about a certain book, then after reading it couldn't figure out the big fuss everyone else was making. Keep writing, keep improving, keep sending out queries., the envelope, please!

In the published writer category, the winner is THE LEMON MAN FROM AGEROLA. Congratulations to Jo Smith!

In the unpublished writer category, the winner is THE HUNTER. Congratulations to Peggy Nolan!

I will get your prize checks in the mail and see about getting a winner icon you can use if you like. Also the rest of this week I will be introducing our judges on my blog.

Important note: I'm thinking about posting the link to the entries for everyone to go read the entries and see if you agree with the judges' decision. If anyone who entered the contest does NOT want their entry available, please email me this week, or leave a comment on this post.

Again, congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who entered. Keep writing!


  1. Many congratulations to the worthy winners. As one of the judges, I confirm that I really did enjoy reading all the entries!

    It would be great if the winning stories could be published here, so that everyone can enjoy them.

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  3. Congratulations to Jo and Peggy! I look forward to reading their winning stories.

    PS: I am happy for mine to be shared.

  4. Wow! Thank you, judges. I'm chuffed to bits! And thank you to Nadine for a great competition. Well done to Peggy and to everyone who entered.

  5. I enjoyed the experience of judging. Something I hadn't done before. I think I learnt a lot from the process. I would have hated to have been solely responsible and I think the final result was fairly arrived at.
    Well done to all.

  6. In the words of Sally Field: You like me...You really like me!

    Thank you Nadine for sponsoring this contest, giving us clear guidelines to help us submit our future work, and providing us wannabe writers with fantastic tips and advice! Thank you judges for taking your time to judge the contest and our work!

    Congratulations Jo!!


  7. Peggy and Jo, congratulations.
    I admire writers hugely, I know what work goes into writing.
    I too would love to have the winning entries published here.

  8. Congratulations, Jo and Peggy...and congratulations to Nadine for running a contest that was actually a lot of fun. Personally, I'd love to read all the entries. Let us know if they're going to be available.

    Don -

  9. I've been offline all day - what a day for that to happen! Just a reminder, I will delete any comments not in English. Now, to go respond to the remaining comments.

  10. Congratulations to everyone who entered the contest. It takes committment to get something submitted and to overcome the concern of being "judged" so "Well Done."

    I enjoyed reading all the stories submitted and each of the judges commented they enjoyed the process too.

    Yes, Peggy and Jo - we love you, we really love you. Congratulations!

    It is going on 8 PM here and I haven't fixed dinner or done anything since I worked late then called the tech support for the internet company, so I will stick with my new schedule of posting on M-W-F and hope you'll all return for more details.

    Peggy and Jo, please email me your mailing address. I know I have it somewhere, but trust me, I am soooooo not unpacked it isn't funny.

  11. BTW, so far no one has indicated they rather not have their works made public, so it is looking like I will reveal the link to access the stories later in the week - I want to make sure everyone has a chance to decline.

  12. Welcome Wilma. I enjoyed reading your blog. What an adorable grand niece you have.

    Welcome back to everyone else, and shall I tell that Carolyn sent and email that said I made her smile? Hmmm, maybe it will just be our little secret.

  13. Am I driving you guys nuts with all my posts? There are a couple of requests to not post their stories. We'll see how it goes. Might just post the winners' stories, if they agree.

  14. Congratulations to the winners! And thank you, Nadine, for this contest. For us beginners it was a great chance to get our stories out there and get feedback. I'm looking forward to reading all the great stories :)

  15. Hello Ivana. Thank you for entering the contest. Thanks to everyone because I know it takes time to get a story written and the nail biting to submitting.

    I'm getting more requests not to share the entries and in the beginning I said I wouldn't, so looks like I'm sticking with that. However, if anyone wants to post their entry on their blog, I'll be glad to post the link.

    There will be a special surprise on Wed's post. Stay tuned...

  16. Hi Nadine .. ah! now I see you'll be posting the links later in the week .. goody! Go well .. seems to be a good contest ..

  17. Hello Hilary and welcome. I do hope it was a good contest. I never expected to get a job and move during it - the best of plans, eh?

    I think this turned out positive enough to consider doing it again sometime. What does everyone else think? It will be totally different next time. Even I don't have a clue what I'll do - figures, don't it?