"ploiticians" - That word might make you famous in the dictionary circles, too. :)
Good luck in the judging!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Frederick Zackel" <fzackel@...> wrote:
> An apology to all.
> Yesterday morning I wrote everyone at rara-avis:
> "My short story "CREEPIER THAN A WHOREHOUSE KISS" has been nominated as a
> finalist in the Best Short Story category for the 2010 Thriller Awards. (For
> the International Thriller Writers, who I like a lot!)"
> This was in error. I was informed yesterday afternoon by the ITW that:
> "Please note that CREEPIER has made it to the secondary cut so far and is
> not a "finalist." The contest finalists will not be determined for a while
> yet and will not be made public until late Spring."
> When the original news was passed on to me by Anthony Neil Smith, he just
> had received an email (dated Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 12:23 PM) from the ITW
> that read:
> "CREEPIER THAN A WHOREHOUSE KISS by Fred Zackel has been nominated as a
> finalist in the Best Short Story category for the 2010 Thriller Awards.
> Please forward a copy of your submission with a note attached that it is a
> final round entry in the Thriller Awards as soon as possible to the
> following judges ..."
> That same afternoon (Sun, January 24, 2010 1:40:06 PM) I then asked the
> awards coordinator "Can I now begin publicly to describe me & my story as a
> finalist in the short story competition?"
> and I was told in a follow-up email (Sunday, January 24, 2010 1:45 PM) that:
> "And, yes, me may tell the world that you are a finalist. Congratulations."
> I wanted about ten days before promoting myself & the story on rara-avis,
> just in case the gremilins were lurking. Yeah, well, silly me.
> As I mentioned above, yesterday's blatant self-promotion was in error. And
> what I said was no attempt to deceive anyone. As the ploiticians say when
> they don't apologize. "Mistakes were were made."
> Yes, misjakes were made.
> As I was just now informed by the ICW, "Looks like we're shelling our own
> Fortunately, I managed to remove the short story from Kindle before anyone
> bought it for all the wrong reasons, and it will not be on sale for a couple
> days. I want no one purchasing it thinking it was a finalist.
> It is not a finalist. And I wish to apologize to everyone on rara-avis for
> saying that it was.
> Ah well. It's still a goddamn good story.
> Fred Zackel
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