Friday, June 17, 2011

Exciting Writing News!

Congratulations to the 2011 PNWA Literary Contest Finalists!

What an incredible honor this is— and the Critique Sisters would like to congratulate all finalists. If you recognize a name on the list below, please let them know we are honoring their great achievement.

Winners will be announced at the summer conference in Seattle Washington, August 4-7, 2011.

I am honored to be among these finalists with my Aviation Thriller, Flight For Control. I’ve had incredible support along the way, and I'm now knocking on the door to publication. Thank you all for your help, and encouragement.

More exciting news: 

Yesterday I pushed the send button, and Flight For Control is on its way to Loretta Barrett, of  Loretta Barrett Books Inc Literary Agency

Loretta has been waiting patiently for my rewrite. She said, “Take your time, we both want it perfect.” And perfect it is thanks to hiring Christine Hollingsworth to do my final edit. We all know that it’s impossible to see your own mistakes—we’re just too close. Christine, The Novel Mechanic, has the tools that found and fixed all my mistakes and she provided great insight and suggestions ... at an affordable price! 

I’m excited to be on this road to publication, since I spend most of the time in the sky. Seriously, I think it takes a team to publish a novel. 

Thank You Everyone! 
Congratulations Finalists!

Mainstream              Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror          Poetry        

Michael Moore          Charis Himeda                        Marjorie Manwaring
Marina Osipova         Ruth Godwin                          Cynthia Monroe        
Jim Satterfield           Bill McLaughlin                      Crystal Liston        
Jim McMaster           Alan Philipson                         James E. Lalonde
Brian Bek                  Jarlath Hume                           Betty Shafer
Art Edwards              Kate Swenson                          Sharron Singleton
Steve Jaquith             Jennifer Gallion                       Kellie Purce Barseth
Mark Figlozzi            Ethan Johnson                         Gerald Carlin
                                   Sherry Brummel

Historical                     Young Adult                           Short Story

Brian Overland              Cynthia Monroe                     Phyllis Hollenbeck
Mark Figlozzi                Marcy McKay                        Sharon Goldberg
Leanne Farrell                Karen McHegg                      Kara Pomeroy
Jim Satterfield                Donna Matney                       Rebecca Olmstead
Kathleen Wolgemuth     Suzanne Kaufman Kalb         Gail Kretchmer
Mildred J. Hardy            Jodine Turner                         Kellie Purce Braseth
David J. Hardy               Stephanie Tatalias                  Elizabeth De Matteo
Britton Steel                   Dawn Simon                           Rebecca Macintyre
David Jessup                  Christine Myers
Jim Beirne

Romance                          Nonfiction/Memoir       Children’s/Middle Grade

Nina Gettler                      Janiece Hopper                 Heather Harris-Brady
Jocelyn Adams                  David Gardner                 Phyllis Hollenbeck
Marni Donnelly-Folsom    Teri Fink                          Paul Greci
Celeste Deveney                Robin Dake                      Kimberly Dana
Jacki Delecki                     Elaine G. Jordan               Mary Koch
Tara Sheets                        Constance Hanstedt          Lynne Walker
Tamsen Shcultz                 T.J. Bennett                       Kara Pomeroy
Naomi Baltuck                  Robert Grant Byington      Gina Ochsner
Kathleen Cherry

Mystery/Thriller               Screenwriting                       Adult Short Topics

Nicholas J. Delmedico       Matt Gavin & Lynn Piper       Lori Heagler
Devin Morton                     Randy R. LaBarge                  Erika R. Giles
Daniel J. Waters                  Christopher King                    Kathy Krause
Karlene Petitt                      Gail L. Jenner                         Susan Szafir
Christina Patchell                Anthony Seed                         Kathryn L. Schipper
Michael Munro                    John O’Riley                          Mark Nassutti
Guy Bergstrom                    Peter Bacho                             Karen Veit Murphy
C.M. Busse                          John Bengel                            Claire Carey

Enjoy the Journey!

~ Karlene


  1. Congrats, Karlene, on being a finalist and for finally pressing SEND. :D

  2. Woo hoo! Way to go, Karlene! Now that the cat is finally out of the bag (heh, couldn't resist! Private joke, apologies to those who haven't read Karlene's ms.), we can cheer for your success here at CSC.

    And Christine is a gem. Young, talented, fast, scrupulous about grammar and punctuation and great at catching inconsistencies and story/character arc sags. Just breaking in, so not expensive compared to long-established editors. When you need someone good to give you this kind of important feedback to help with your final ms. polish before you hit the send button, Christine is a great choice. (She's just finished working on my ms., and I'm loving what I see so far.)

  3. Thank you Stina!!! It was soooo scary... should I? Is it really ready? Another read?

  4. Lol... Okay Linda, we know that you've had your coffee for the morning. Yes... the cat is out of the bag!

    And what an incredible comment for Christine. You couldn't have said it better. She is a gem!

    Thanks for your comment.

  5. Congratulations Karlene this is fantastic news! You are indeed knocking on the door to publication. It will be soon now. Best of luck with Loretta! I know you and Christine worked hard on your manuscript and it's going to pay off.

    And, congratulations to my friend Paul Greci! I had no idea his MG novel was a finalist!!!

  6. Thanks, Heather!!

  7. Congratulations Karlene! You deserve it more than anybody else! Best of luck with the rest of the process!!

  8. Karlene....

    I AM SO THRILLED FOR YOU! Congrats on being a finalist and especially sending out your final story...

    You were my first friend of the Critique sisters and you introduced me to the wonderful Heather and Linda. SO you will ALWAYS be special to me, so when I hear news like this I am beaming all over for you.

    No one can be happier for you ... except your "sisters' of course. BUT i think I run really close.

    Please let us know we you sign the final contract... I'll be waiting.


  9. Congratulations, Karlene and GOOD LUCK!!

  10. Congratulations Karlene! So excited for you. All the best!

  11. Thank you Heather! And... I too congratulate Paul. Nice to meet you! Best of luck!!!

  12. Jean, Thank you so much! That really means a lot!!

  13. Michael, Oh my... you make me want to cry. Thank you so much for the most incredible congratulations. With friends like you behind me, I'm a winner despite anything else. Thank you! And I am lucky to have my sisters.

  14. Erica, Thank you so much! I need all the luck I can capture.

  15. Thank you Jessica!!! That means so much.

  16. Congrats! I hope Loretta loves your rewrite!

  17. Thank you so much Lydia!! That means a lot!