(With apologies to Shakespeare and Théodore Géricault.)
And so we now have a raft of 20 invitees for this year's Watery Grave contest. Before I break the happy news about the lucky ten whose names erupted from the lottery hat, a word about the judges. We are so, so fortunate this year to have three volunteers for the panel, but even more fortunate that each one of the judges comes with stellar credentials for the task at hand. No, I won't tell you who they are yet, anonymity being the soul of integrity as it were. I'm just saying to all of you invitees, bring your A game, a'right?
Okay, so that's that. There were six invitees participating who received an automatic bid due to where their stories placed in last year's contest, and there are five writers who received the solid gold, once in a lifetime personal invitation. Ten out of those eleven writers are even now sweating drops of blood over their respective keyboards. Those ten writers are:
Chris La Tray
Kathleen Gernert Ryan
And now for the lucky ten who received the remaining invitations, in the order their names came out of the hat:
Please email your stories to me no later than NOON, EST, FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012, at email@example.com. I can open pretty much any type of text file, so use whatever software and format you like. And...
GOOD LUCK TO EACH OF YOU!