Second time’s the charm

I just received word that “To Face the Night,” my entry to the Writers of the Future contest for the 4th quarter of 2022, was awarded an honorable mention! This marks the second WOTF honorable mention for an excerpt from my unpublished epic fantasy tetralogy “Seed of Glory Sown in Sorrow.”

This entry was actually a resubmission. I initially sent it in way back in 2019 as a followup to my first honorable mention, but it didn’t even place. At the time, I did a little writeup on that process HERE. Other than the minor tweaking attendant on general editorial passes, nothing has changed since then. Except, of course, the panel of WOTF judges.

The entry itself is the Overture chapter for A Sea Sought in Song, first novel in the series. Each book begins with an Overture—a rip-roarin’ mini-adventure which introduces and encapsulates the themes explored throughout the remainder of the story. Think of them like the pre-credits sequences in Bond films.

Since the Overtures tend to be pretty self-contained, they’re the only parts of my saga that can be repurposed as contest entries. It was the Overture to Book Two which won me my previous honorable mention. However, since Book Three’s Overture is more tightly integrated with the larger narrative, I’ve now exhausted the saga’s submittable content.

Books One and Two both begin with honorably-mentioned Overtures. The former stars Ilina Lightkeeper, the latter Hugh Conrad. My two main characters, who together bear the narrative on their shoulders, have each been separately honored by the premiere story contest for unpublished genre writers. Seems fitting.

If you’d like to read these honorable entries, just follow the links below.

“To Face the Night” (honorable mention, WOTF 4th quarter 2022)

“The Pull” (honorable mention, WOTF 1st quarter 2019)

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