I forgot to mention on here that I got my story back from Writers of the Future. I was hoping for an Honorable Mention, which would have been pretty good for my first time out. Alas, I did not get one.
At first I was a little discouraged, since I think it is my favorite story that I’ve written so far. However, shortly after I sent that story, I discovered an “unwritten rule” of the contest: you must establish the speculative element of the story on the first page or so. The story I sent, though clearly a speculative story, does not establish that immediately. So it is quite possible that the story was disqualified on a “technicality” if you will.
Actually, I’m glad to have that story back, so I can send it out to some more traditional markets. Writers of the Future ties a story up for quite a long time. Here’s hoping!