As I mentioned here on the blog a few weeks ago, I entered three novels into American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2009 Genesis contest–one in Speculative Fiction, one in Contemporary Romance, and one in Women’s Fiction. Results were posted today, and I finaled in Spec Fic. I’m pretty happy about it, though of course I had high hopes for more than that!
My Spec Fic entry is getting a couple of touch-ups based on the first round judges’ comments (also received today), and being sent back to HQ to be delivered to the final round judges. The scoresheets for the other two entries will be sent to me sometime in the next few weeks. I can see this isn’t as high on the priority list for the category coordinators as notifying finalists!
My novel Joy Comes In the Morning (Chloe’s tale) is out to critiquers right now, and even though it didn’t final in Romance, I still think it’s a strong novel and worth carrying on with. The Women’s Fic, Dottie, isn’t complete yet and I have to admit to a wee bit of relief that I don’t have the pressure of pushing on it. It was a long chance to enter an unfinished manuscript (one I wouldn’t recommend, actually!) and this novel still has a long way to go before it’s ready for the light of day.
Meanwhile, here are the 2009 finalists:
(total entries: 44)
David W. Fry
(total entries: 75)
Christy LaShea Smith
Eileen Astels Watson
(total entries: 39)
HISTORICAL ROMANCE (six finalist entries due to a tie, but one is a
(total entries: 57)
Jody Hedlund (double finalist with two entries)
(total entries: 45)
(total entries: 50)
Mary F. Allen
Kelly Ann Riley
SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY/ SPECULATIVE FICTION:
(total entries: 45)
(total entries: 62)
Marie Wells Coutu
(total entries: 37)
Kasey L. Heinly
Diana Sharples (double finalist with two entries)
Congratulations to all the finalists!!
Alexander Field says
Congrats, Val! I am sorry about Chloe. I know you’ve worked hard and it’s been for the better. I’m sure she’s a much stronger story.
Thanks Alex and Maripat! 🙂