Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Day After

So the GH and RITA finalists have been announced. I haven't seen a complete list yet, but I know very few of the writers/authors I was rooting for made it. Disappointing, really. There are so many good books and great storytellers that get passed over. I know, I know, not everyone can be a finalist. (I didn't enter this year, so this isn't sour grapes, just an observation.)

For those of you who didn't get the call, my heart goes out to you. It sucks. I know from experience since the manuscript that finaled in the GH last year was the very same one that didn't final the year before. Hey, contests like this, regardless of writing, regardless of whatever secrecy is supposed to go into the judging, are really part crapshoot and part popularity contest. Google makes it possible for any interested judge to potentially find out who wrote the GH manuscript they're reading. (Heck, some people put their names on them to begin with!)

What I find interesting is that with the plethora of ebooks entered in the RITAs since this was the first year that was possible (they still had to be printed hardcopies in some fashion), none showed up on the RITA finalist list. If they did, I didn't see them. Please correct me if you know differently.

There are certain names I'll be rooting for in San Fran, but I don't want to list them in case I forget someone. You know who you are.


  1. Yeah, I'm one of those bummed this morning about not getting a GH call. Sigh. Got some great scores with the same ms. in last years GH, so thought this year might be the one! Oh, well, back to praying I get that coveted "agent" call and "first sale" call yet this year. :-)

  2. I didn't enter this year becuse of how subjective contests are. It will be a while before I enter any contests. I too am hoping for that first sale call.
    I didn't know about the ebooks thing. Interesting.
    Congrats to all who did final though and to those who didn't, chin up. You're loved!

  3. I haven't seen the full list either. I had hoped to see more e-books (or any) on the list.

    I guess we'll know for sure when the finalist list is formally announced. Until then, I'll just be a little bummed out edamame. :)
    There's always next year. :)

  4. Just got the finalist email from Erin Fry, and there are some interesting things on it. Mostly boring, yeah-of-course names, but some new, fresh faces will be up this year!

  5. Hi Kristen,

    Contest you either love them or hate them, but one things for sure they can help your career.