So, after a couple of days worth of delays, there is now, *finally*, on the FoMSSC website, a shortlist for the 2012-2013 Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. The deliberations have been extensive, on multiple fronts. Ultimately, though, the longer than expected selection period was unavoidable. Again, for multiple reasons. I have been writing about same all day and don’t really feel like doing it again, here.
If you’re interested in the reasoning for the delays, I have talked somewhat, in a couple of places on the FoMSSC website about the drawn out selection process of the 2012-2013 FoMSSC shortlist. I addressed it, kind of, in a post titled “A More Literal Cage Match Than Expected: 2012-2013 Finalist List Delays“, and I talked about it again, slightly more, anyway, in the actual shortlist post, “A Trail of Stories in Their Wake: The 2012-2013 Finalist Shortlist.”
I also addressed it in proper rambling, conversational fashion on the contest Twitter account (@fomcontest).
People have been extremely generous with their patience on this matter, for which I am exceedingly grateful. Personally, I like keeping to deadlines, but sometimes factors beyond one’s control just make that impossible. Or, several, as the case may be.
Anyway, the finalist ballot is now live, and the final panel judges (Leah Bobet, Sandra Kasturi, Mike Kelly, Chris Szego, and yours truly) will be making their decisions as to the three winners before the month is out.
Yes, that deadline the contest will actually keep to :p