RARA-AVIS: Re: an apology to all

From: brother_t (foolesgold@gmail.com)
Date: 05 Feb 2010

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    "ploiticians" - That word might make you famous in the dictionary circles, too. :)

    Good luck in the judging!


    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "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
    > troops."
    > 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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