I haven't said much about this year's huge So You Think You Can Write contest - life has kept me too occupied to think about it - and it has been huge! What was it 650 entries?
So to be in the group that was narrowed down to 50 was an amazing achievement .
Huge congratulations are in order to every single one of them - they have all written not just one chapter that caught the editor' eyes but a full book to go with that first chapter. And I know how hard that can be. Ideas can come and seem bright, sparkling, wonderful - but to work them into a full story, with characters, emotions, motivations, conflict, a resolution and a satisfactory ending - well that's another job entirely. So many people start out on that road and never get to the end of it.
And now - well that group has been narrowed even more because the final 10 contestants - the 10 finalists have been announced today. And you can find the list of these ten on the official site today - every single one of them worth reading.
Mega congratulations to this special ten entries - you've come a long, long way from the opening of the contest. Each and every one of you has something special, something the editors wanted to see more of.
So I'm going to read my way through them all and I know I'll enjoy the process. I won 't be voting though - not right when I have a personal interest and I never do vote in these contests because I know only too well that if the editors have chosen them then each entry will deserve its place in this final list. And I have to admit that I have a personal interest in the shape of Rachael Thomas, a student of mine from the Fishguard course who has got the recognition she deserves as a writer. I am so so pleased for her.
But don't let that stop you - go to the site - read all the entries.
And then vote for the one you enjoyed best.
Vote every day between now and November 25th - make sure you follow the rules - vote once a day for your favourite. It's your turn to make an impact in this contest. They certainly deserve your support.
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