Friday, July 18, 2008

In which Caroline is nominated for something!

In the midst of all my novel angst and worry, (And I liked Jeff Lyon's previous comment to have a book about the novelist's struggle with the work, by the way), I find that the short story, The Neighborhood Watch, that jumpstarted the novel I'm working on now has been nominated by Backspace into the very prestigious Best New American Voices 2010 anthology!

The story has been published before, selected by Alice Hoffman for a Four Points edition.

I'm dumbfounded. And honored. And thrilled. And relieved. And some of it is still anxiety, because, why after all my novels am I still a new voice? I will say, the other nominee, A.S. King, wrote a fabulous story called Monica Never Shuts Up .

Ok, well, a nomination is a nomination and a wonderful thing, in any case, and now back to the novel at hand, because a novelist is a novelist, too.


Gina Sorell said...

Caroline congratulations!!

Hmmm I wonder if in the writing world a new voice is the acting worlds equivalent of an overnight sensation...just takes ten years, or ten books to make one!! LOL.

Congrats!! And I like to think of it as "new to you"...the reader who is crazy enough to not have read you yet, and will now be in the know.

x G :)

Clea Simon said...

Who knows why they call any of these things what they do? What matters is IT IS NOMINATED AND MORE PEOPLE WILL READ IT! Yay!

a peacock feather for Caroline! (She knows what this means.)

Jeff Lyons said...


Congrats! What's old is new again. Take it and run. :)

So... you want to co-edit that angst book with me? :))))


Jana McBurney-Lin said...

What wonderful news. Congratulations, Carol!

Leora Skolkin-Smith said...


Unknown said...

Let me add my congrats, Caroline! That's fantastic!

I agree with Gina about it being a "new to you" type of thing -- and a good way of getting your work out there to even more people who are crazy enough not to have heard of you already!

A.S. King said...

Congratulations, Caroline!

This is a great opportunity for us both! And since neither of us might get in, like you, I am thankful for the nomination and think we've both already 'won.'

The Neighborhood Watch is a great story.

I wish you luck!