Just got an email from Joni Labaqui that my story "Andromache" has earned a Silver Honorable Mention in the Q4 2011 WOTF contest. The category of Silver Honorable Mention, fitting in between the Honorable Mentions and the Semi-Finalists, was established the other year to provide a little more distinction in the process.
Other than winning (!!), I have now earned every possible title from WOTF -- Quarter-Finalist, Honorable Mention, Semi-Finalist, Finalist, Published Finalist -- and now Silver Honorable Mention. There are so few of these I didn't think I'd earn one. (grin) I know that some WOTF entrants dismiss "just another H-M" as just another level of losing. But given the huge number of stories submitted every quarter, I think it's fitting that the contest is willing to let authors know that the better stories are appreciated. Because just like any other market, a contest's results are based on the opinions of the judges. Making the cut to H-M means that you are in the running. That you have a story. I guess you could say that earning a Silver H-M means they really looked at your story. (double-take-grin)
Anyway, "Andromache" is now released and will be sent on to the commercial markets. Fly, little Silver H-M, fly!
PS - Damn. Guess that means unless I make a pro sale in the next couple of weeks I have to write another story for the Q1 2012 contest, closing 31 December 2011...