Jackie Has Some Good News For a Change

Yes, my successes have been few and far between of late but I found out this morning that I have finalled in the RWNZ Great Beginnings Contest! Big woots for me!! I’ve entered this competition for the past three years with no luck but this time round hit the mark and I’m extremely pleased!

I’m even more pleased because the kind of writing I fluked for the High Five, I put consciously, using all I’ve learned about conflict and character, into this story. That didn’t mean I expected it to come anywhere. The judges could easily have hated my story and my characters no matter how well they were written. But they certainly liked it enough to give it some good scores and I’m pretty damn thrilled about it.

The story isn’t a Riva story, it’s a Presents/Modern, which made it a nice change for me. Anyway, have no idea how the final judging will go, suffice to say that I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got already. πŸ™‚

Some wise people have told me to celebrate any success in this tough industry, so here’s what I’m doing – Hoo is passing round some vintage Krug on a silver tray…please, help yourself. And while you’re doing it, share some successes you’ve had lately. It doesn’t matter what it is, big or small, let me know so I can raise a glass!

21 thoughts on “Jackie Has Some Good News For a Change”

  1. Overjoyed for you is an understatement. And having read some of this story (okay only a wee bit for now) I think you have the perfect Presents voice. If the eds don’t request more of this, then I seriously think it would be their HUGE mistake!

  2. Rach – You are a STAR! Thanks lovie, and thanks for the awesome words re the chapter. Love ya!

    Lisa – thanks so much for commenting! I did enjoy my bubbly. So much that I had another glass. πŸ™‚

  3. Yay! Good going, Jackie! Am sad I’ haven’t read it… πŸ™ guess I’ll be first in line to buy it off the shelves in the bookshop!

  4. Jackie, you’re an inspiration !! Good on you for getting your work back out there. As for the vintage Krug? Well, you know I’m a pushover for that sort of thing…so here’s wishing you all the luck in the world. Cheers – Amanda πŸ™‚

  5. Great news Jackie! Celebrate the successes indeed. You deserve to enjoy that they thought your story was great. Brilliantly done!!

  6. Jackie, that’s brilliant. I’m so, so pleased for you, you definitely deserve some success.

    I’m really glad you decided to carry on with the blog too, I LOVE reading your posts.

    Good luck in the rest of the competition, I’ll be rooting for you.

    I’ll take one of those drinks thanks very much πŸ˜‰

    Kristy x

  7. Crack open that champers Jackie (hope I’m not too late in posting – Blogger has been a bad boy/girl these past 2 days!)

    You deserve all the success in the world. Caroline x

  8. Sally – thank you! But, woah, don’t go jumping the gun there. They have to want to see more and no idea if that’ll happen. But love the faith. πŸ™‚

    Amanda – thank you so much! Yes, it was tough sending something back out but you’ve got to be in it to win it right? πŸ™‚

    Scarlet – I’m not minding if I don’t get anywhere at this point. A request would be nice but hey, finalling is pretty good!

    Bec – yes, thank you m’dear. Another excuse for a glass come August maybe?

    Kirsty – *hands over a glass*… Thanks to you too! And so glad you think so re the blog. Have been wondering if it was worth carrying on to be honest but it’s good to know people like it.

  9. Caroline – no, not too late at all. Here…have a glass. Thanks for your lovely comment. *basks* πŸ˜‰

    Jo – I hope so. But hey, been here before and nothing doing. Enjoy the moment while it lasts eh? πŸ™‚

    Lucy – Thanks Lucy! Hope you’re doing okay!

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