(taken from contest website)
I got a surprising phone call yesterday from an administrator for the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. It's a SF/Fantasy short story contest that's been going on for over 20 years and has been a great avenue for introducing new writers to the world and giving them the toe in the door they've needed to hopefully, eventually get their whole damn foot into the publishing biz at large. I think I've sent four stories in over the years. For one I received a letter saying my story had made it to the semi-finals, which was encouraging. This time I got a PHONE CALL (which after the letter seems so much bigger and more personal) from a very nice woman telling me my story has made it into the top eight for the quarter. When I asked how may entries there were, she said, "Oh, thousands." THAT is a good feeling! Anyone who writes and gets pretty much no where (and even those who are now famous) can tell you that there is a LOT of rejection on the writers' road and to finally get a somewhere is a great encouragement. Now these final 8 stories go on to another round of judging and 3 will be picked as the winners. Even if my humble little tale doesn't win that final honor, it's nice to know someone somewhere enjoyed it enough to send it that far.