>It’s Friday morning and my computer is misbehaving, which is making me cranky.
Also, The New Yorker is beginning to piss me off. People are already talking about the Summer fiction issue (June 14 & 21), but I still have not received the June 7 issue–it’s now a week late–so I haven’t reviewed the week’s story yet. I don’t want to read it online or print it out. That’s why I have an over-priced subscription to the stupid magazine that really doesn’t do anything for me. I might as well drop the subscription if I have to read the damn stories online anyway.
I told you I was cranky.
I found out this morning by reading the newsletter of WriterHouse that I was named a semi-finalist in the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize for my story collection/novel in stories What the Zhang Boys Know. Thanks a lot, Black Lawrence. I’m happy to have made it to the semi-finals, but what is it with contests not even informing the semi-finalists and finalists? The same thing happened with the Crazyhorse fiction contest recently. People started congratulating me for being a finalist and it was news to me. Note to contests: inform your finalists and semi-finalists before you post their names on your website. But on the Hudson Prize, here are the finalists and semi-finalists (which I’m posting because I can’t link to the post on the Black Lawrence site since it’s buried) (and note that Jacob Appel, the very talented and prolific story writer, entered at least four books in this contest because 2 are finalists and 2 are semi-finalists; congratulations, Jacob!):
Andrew Milward- The Agriculture Hall of Fame
Annie Weatherwax- The Possibility of Things
Ira Sukrungruang- The Man with the Buddha Heads
Annie Dawid- Resurrection City: Stories of Jonestown
Brenda Goldberg- Amazing Grace
Geoff Schmidt- Out of Time
Jacob M. Appel- Scouting for the Reaper
Jacob M. Appel- Natural Selection: Stories
Nick Kocz- Disposable Baby and Other Stories
Xu Xi- Access- Thirteen Tales
Adam Prince- The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men
Clifford W Garstang- What the Zhang Boys Know
Jacob M. Appel- Choose Your Own Genetics: Stories
Jeremy Griffin- A Last Resort for Desperate People
Jacob M. Appel- Shell Game With Organs
Rebecca Lloyd- Don’t Drink the Water
Richard Sonnenmoser- Other Women
Tracy DeBrincat- Troglodyte