Friday, May 15, 2009

ACFW Genesis Contest Finalists

Well, I've been waiting not so patiently for the results of the Genesis contest finalists. You may remember that I entered two manuscripts in this contest - in the Womens Fiction and the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller categories. The finalists were to be notified between May 1st and 15th. I have to say, the longer it took, the more I was convinced I didn't final. In fact, for the past few days, I've been giving myself frequent pep talks to prepare me for the disappointment of NOT finaling. I know...way to think positive, right?

Well, I had to fill in at the consignment store yesterday and I called home for messages (several times), just in case.

And then it happened.

I got "The Message."

Yes, I am a finalist in this year's Genesis contest.

Hang on one sec....

YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

K, I'm back.

I can't give out the name of the manuscript that finaled until the scores are in from the final round judges, but I can say that it was one I entered in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category.

I now have until tomorrow at midnight to scour the first-round judges feedback and make any changes I feel are necessary before resubmitting for final-round judging.

Needless to say, I am thrilled, ecstatic, overjoyed, honored, excited, hopeful, nervous, and sore from all the Snoopy dancing I've done for the past 12 hours. Oh- and my face hurts, too, from all that grinning. Can't seem to wipe off the smile.

So here they are...all of the 2009 ACFW Genesis Contest finalists There were a total of 454 entries this year, which is a 43% increase from last year. Wow!

CONGRATS TO ALL OF THE FINALISTS!

CONTEMPORARY FICTION:
(total entries: 44)


Sharon Ball
David W. Fry
Jennifer Griffith
Ane Mulligan
Patty Slack

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE:
(total entries: 75)


Cathy Bryant
Kathleen Haynes
Lisa Jordan
Christy LaShea Smith
Eileen Astels Watson

HISTORICAL FICTION:
(total entries: 39)


Nancy Herriman
D'Ann Mateer
Christina Miller
Sandi Rog
Christine Schmidtke

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (six finalist entries due to a tie, but one is a
double finalist):
(total entries: 57
)

Jody Hedlund (double finalist with two entries)
Lisa Richardson
Connie Stevens
Gina Welborn
Lacy Williams

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE/THRILLER:
(total entries: 45)


David Fry
Anne Greene
Dineen Miller
Lynda Schab
Alan Schleimer

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE:
(total entries: 50)


Mary F. Allen
Wenda Dottridge
Danica Favorite-McDonald
Kelly Ann Riley
Janet Warren

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY/SPECULATIVE FICTION:
(total entries: 45)


Valerie Comer
Megan Ebba
David Fry
Suzanne Krein
Lisa Tuttle

WOMEN'S FICTION:
(total entries: 62)


Cathleen Armstrong
Marie Wells Coutu
Candee Fick
Julie Garmon
Ashely Weis

YOUNG ADULT:
(total entries: 37)


Kasey L. Heinly
Gretchen Hoffman
Susan Miura
Diana Sharples (double finalist with two entries)

9 comments:

Sharlyn Guthrie said...

Congratulations, Lynda! You are an inspiration!

Jenness said...

I'm so happy for you and hope this means we'll meet at the conference!! I don't wanna have to call you again this year. lol

Joanne Sher said...

Soooooo awesome, Lynda! Just WOW.

Cindy said...

Yay, Lynda, I saw your name on the list yesterday and was so excited for you! Congratulations.

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Congratulations, Lynda!! Major snoopy dancing in your honor. Congratulations to all the finalists!!

trainsnboatsnplanes said...

Your excitement is tangible. Well done and more to come...

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Karen said...

Congratulations. What an inspiration and motivation you are.

tegeorge said...

Congrats Lynda. I can only imagine how much this means to you.