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Mike Carey Writing Competition - shortlist

Over To You ~ Mike Carey Writing Competition

Shortlist: Steven Lugo, Kaolin Imago Fire, Leila Eadie, Hal Friesen

Mike's thoughts on the entires:

"The entries were all of a very high standard. I was really impressed both with the way the writers managed to maintain the tone and atmosphere of the opening section and with the ingenious weaving of story elements into a whole that made sense. It was a big ask: small and large plot details had to be somehow carried forward and merged towards a satisfying climax within a relatively small word count. Entrants showed great skill in fleshing out my hints and teases into solid story structure. The range of explanations for the narrative set-up, and of pay-offs from it, was enormous and impressive. The short-listed entries were chosen on the basis of both style and content - the fluency and texture of the prose, and the build to an effective ending which resolves what we already know about this situation. It was impossible in the end to whittle it down to three, so we decided to have a short-list of four."

Winner to be announced at: Alt.Fiction, Derby on 12 June, 2010
Winning entry to appear in Murky Depths Issue #14

WHOO shortlist! And if any of the other short-listers would be interested in swapping stories, ...? :)


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 13th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, shorty!
May. 13th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
:heheh: Thanks :P
May. 13th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
You read Mike Carey?
I've followed him for a while, ever since the DC Comics Lucifer series. He's also done Hellblazer, the X-Men, and the Felix Castor novels. Sometimes he is too scary for me. :)

Have you read his stuff, or did you just enter the contest because it was a contest?
May. 13th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: You read Mike Carey?
Mostly because it was a contest and the hook was interesting, but also because of his other writing (which I haven't read yet; should I be admitting to that publicly? ulp.).
May. 13th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: You read Mike Carey?
Don't worry about the admission, just go read his work! The Lucifer stuff is great, and it's all in trade paperbacks. The prequel is The Morningstar Option, and Vol. 1 of the series is Lucifer: Devil in the Doorway (I think). You can also download them on torrent, but hey, that'd be wrong. (Should I be admitting this option publically?) The Felix Castor novels are interesting, dark, and a little depressing. Worth checking out, but I enjoyed the antihero Lucifer a lot more. Carey is *very* inventive.

Hey, while I have your attention, what site did you use to create those postcards for me? I want to make some!
May. 13th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! Way to go man!
May. 13th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks :D
May. 13th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
May. 14th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
Awesome awesome!
May. 14th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
Excellent! I hope you win :)
May. 19th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! This must be so exciting for you.

John Wiswell, http://johnwiswell.blogspot.com
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