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March 21, 2009

It has come to my attention that, since about 7:00 last night, the hits on this blog have been flowing in at record pace.  I suspect that, like me, there are lots of you looking for hints of Clarion SD acceptances and rejections.   You are most welcome here.  There aren’t a lot of sites or blogs talking about it right now, while I won’t shut up about it.  Feel free to look around, maybe leave a comment.  A little dialog could help us pass the time.

We are past Clarion’s published deadline for contacting accepted candidates.  But what are we going to do, decline an invitation because it’s too late?  I’m sure that something important or unexpected came up to delay our results.  Maybe they still don’t know.  (One slow reviewer or one lost-in-the-mail set of reviews would really slow things down.  A computer crash would be devastating.  I’m not saying any of these things happened, but I’m trying to view my apprehension through sympathetic eyes.  I’m not very good at it.

If anyone has any news — even if you aren’t supposed to share it — I’d love to know that you know something.  You can whisper it in my ear.  I have heard of one acceptance that was requested not to make the news public.  This is third-hand information and worth what you pay for it, but it’s the only hint I’ve heard.  I have found evidence of no rejections.

I am waitlisted for Seattle, but who wants to sit and wait?  I’ll be happy at either workshop, I just want to know.  Chances of me sliding in to CW can’t be better than fifty-fifty.  I’m really pulling for Clarion to come through for me.  In the words of Willy Wonka, “The suspense is terrible…I hope it lasts.”  Only without the second part.

In the meantime, introduce yourselves.  Share your knowledge or your stress.  We’re all looking for a community of writers.  Accepted or rejected, we can start that community now.

-Oso

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bananas permalink
    March 22, 2009 2:48 am

    Limping and lurking. Got my official rejection today from Clarion West. I still have hope for Clarion SD, although the silence is ominous. Thanks for the invite to pass the time while waiting…it helps!

  2. osomuerte permalink
    March 22, 2009 3:52 am

    Glad you poked your head out, Bananas. Still waiting on this side, too. I had thought all CW’s rejections were out yesterday. Shows what I know. Keep stopping in and we’ll learn our fates together. -Oso

  3. Bananas permalink
    March 22, 2009 12:08 pm

    Cool you got waitlisted…you never know(!)…In my full out rejection,I got a “try next time, your work scored well with the readers”. Sob. I might have to take up another non-paying profession. I think my Clarion SD (like the name) were stronger, but the competition seemed pretty darn impressive in Clarion West.

  4. March 22, 2009 10:02 pm

    I’m no expert by any means, but “your work scored well with the readers” sounds pretty encouraging.

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