First Chapters Writing Contest: Round 2!

Thanks to all of you who voted for Candy Korman in‘s First Chapters Writing Competition. She made it to the second round! Yes, Wendy and Alice is one of only twenty and the competition is heating up.

The contest started with more than 2,500 entries and there only 20 semifinalists:

* Scott Auden—Colchester, CT
* E.J. Churchill—Phoenix, AZ
* William Delia—Broadalbin, NY
* Geoffrey Edwards—Chicago, IL
* Judi Fennell—Philadelphia, PA
* Eric Goodman— Baltimore, MD
* William Hershleder—Minneapolis, MN
* Christopher Hudson—Jackson, MS
* Candida Korman—New York, NY
* Jeff Kozlowski—Carlsbad, CA
* J. M. LeTurk—San Francisco, CA
* Geeta Menon—Los Altos, CA
* Scott Middlemist— Phoenix, AZ
* Robert Moscoso—Forest Hills, NY
* Rebeccah Ruby—San Francisco, CA
* Stephen Prosapio—Oceanside, CA
* Rachel Schipul—Houston, TX
* Terry Shaw—Knoxville, TN
* Kieran Shields—Saco, ME
* Denise Wadsworth Trimm—Birmingham, AL

This is the American Idol of novelists and the grand prize is a book contract from Simon and Schuster. Please help her move into the next and final round by voting on chapter 2. You do need to be registered in order to vote. Here’s a little sample from chapter 2:

Alice bought the New York Times to read on the subway. She’d taken the entire day off as a personal day. She’d start at the doctor’s, and then treat herself to lunch and an afternoon of shopping.

She scanned the front page; it was a map of world trouble and intolerance. The Chinese had expelled a few Western European aide workers for promoting Christianity. This reminded Alice of the Taliban’s whip-wielding religious police. Sandy Dodger, once a major, anti-abortion protester and now the president of the American Family Values Foundation, was calling for a boycott of all the major book chains that carried “obscene materials.” A rural police force was defending racial profiling as a means to deter crime. There was a rise in anti-Semitic activity in the old Soviet States. And the Mayor’s Decency in Art Committee was meeting to discuss a controversial art exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

Alice looked at her watch. What year was it? She couldn’t fathom the backlash that seemed to be overtaking the world. For every step forward toward tolerance and freedom there seemed to be an equally large lurch backward in time.

She turned to the editorial pages. Wendy Liddell was among the artists being targeted by Sandy Dodger. He said her nudes were ” . . . an open invitation to deviants” while the op-ed writer deemed her photos ” . . . the best example of how art is influenced by the changing mores of the media. Ms. Liddell’s work is a direct response to the shock bar that is raised and raised and raised with each succeeding show. But with all the heat generated by the images, they still maintain the beauty that makes them art and not merely fashion.”