When I announced the competition in early December, Rose City Sisters contributors leaped into action and started sending readers to their their stories. Nearly 700 new visitors stopped by for a flash fiction fix in the last 30 days. Wow.
Today I used Goggle Analytics to determine the most popular seven stories of 2009. In the next few weeks, all 2009 contributors will have the chance to vote for the story of the year.
This combination of marketing and merit reflects a real-world scenario facing writers today. Writing isn’t enough—you need to promote your work as well.
The winner will receive a hand-knotted pearl and rose quartz necklace (with matching earrings) from Wasabi by Jill Pearson, a fine jewelry company based in Pasadena. The donation from Wasabi is much appreciated and far prettier than the certificate I had planned!
In alphabetical order, the finalists are:
Belinda’s Birthday by Petrea Burchard
Glorietta and Red Bob Come to Terms by Laura L Mays Hoopes
A Losing Game by Bonnie Schroeder
Sweet Revenge by Margaret Finnegan
The first story of 2010 will be posted on Friday, January 8. Please subscribe to the blog or become a follower to make sure you don’t miss any of the stories.
6 thoughts on “Announcing the 2009 Story of the Year finalists”
Happy to be in such good company!
I just read them all, and I must say–Wow! Happy new year.
This was so much fun, and I too am tickled to be included with this exceptional group of writers.
What an honor to be included in the finalists. Yay! This has been a blast.
Thanks so much for doing this, Paula. Very happy to be in this group!
Each story was unique and well-written. I picked my fav, but it took several re-readings to make a decision. Great work, everyone.