Saturday, 2 August 2008

Bit the Dust

"Halloween Watch" (would you take it with that title?) didn't make it into the top 10 of the Necrotic Tissue Bite contest, so I'm out.

BUT...

It made it into the 'Top 12'. OMG! So close. I am gutted, of course. I knew without opening the email that it hadn't made it as there was no attachment. Gutted, gutted, gutted. Great note from one of the editors at the bottom of the email though, I quote:

"There is pulp everywhere" is one of my favourite lines ever... It was just a bit to abstract for our other editors to win our top 10. You were in our top 12.

Well you can't complain about that now can you.

Anyhow, I am going to lengthen it to 150 words and try Alien Skin, and if it fails there I'll post it here on Halloween.

8 comments:

K.C. Shaw said...

Oh, ouch ouch ouch! So close! I'm sure you'll sell it to the next place, though.

Catherine J Gardner said...

It's now on its merry little way to Alien Skin with a much better title - "Carnage on Squash Street".

J.C. Tabler said...

Hey, there'[s no shame in being one of the Dirty Dozen, Cate! Congrats on making it so far, and I'm certain Alien Skin will snatch it up!

Aaron Polson said...

I personally like the line..."there was pulp everywhere"...it makes my imagination hum. Good luck with Alien Skin!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Thanks guys!!!

Mary said...

Commiserations... but what a wonderful note! :)

I now categorise my rejections into “Standard” and “Great”. And, even though it’s still a rejection, I feel quite thrilled whenever I receive the latter.

Catherine J Gardner said...

I'm terrible. Apart from one outstanding novel rejection (which I pinned to my memo board), I just file my rejections in my email and forget all about them.

Barry Napier said...

To me, those "so close" ones are tough! But still, cool to know that you got so close!