When I first heard the phrase “the reward of patience is . . . well, more patience” I felt a twinge of disappointment. I wasn’t expecting a medal pinned on my shirt but patience leading to more patience was tough to accept. But, acceptance is the goal and all this leads me to why I’m getting a little impatient waiting on the scoring from the judges of the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards. We have four judges for each category—First Chapter Novel, Short Non-Fiction, Short Story and Poetry—which comes to twelve judges plus the two people at the South Carolina Arts Commission who tally the scores to come up with the winners. It’s a process and that takes time. We asked them to send in their scores by next week and eight of the twelve already have done so. That’s pretty good.
The winners of the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards will be announced at the Friday evening banquet of the SCWW Conference, October 21-23. If you have not already done so, it’s not too late to sign up for “The Method, The Market & The Muse” which features top agents, top editors and top authors and held at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.
Hope to see you at the Conference.