THE OCEAN COOPERATIVE JUDGES HAVE AWARDED THE 2007 AWARD TO DAN WHIPPLE
MY GREATEST HITS
"A tough call"
Our judges took an extra few days to reach a decision on the February entries. "It's a tough call when you've got this many writers deserving of encouragement," was what I heard.
In the end, agreement was reached on a chapter submitted by author Dan Whipple of Colorado. It's probably significant that Whipple has been reworking My Greatest Hits over a number of years. He's achieved a delicately balanced blend of irony and nostalgia that I felt comfortable with immediately -- and he didn't achieve it overnight.
What about My Greatest Hits as a whole work? We have no idea, since the competition is judged strictly on the submission of a single chapter. A novel -- especially a novel with any literary aspirations -- is a daunting task that requires its creator to sweat over the details -- the rhythm and texture of the prose from paragraph to paragraph -- and the broad structural landscape: the introduction and solution of structural tensions.
As part of the prize offered to every winner of the monthly Novel of Promise award, we'll be offering Whipple out best constructive thoughts and criticisms. But like every writer worth his salt, he'll make his own decisions, no matter what the rest of us say. That's your lonely satisfaction as an author -- at least until a publisher gets ahold of you.
Now take a few minutes to read this chapter from My Greatest Hits yourself. We'd be delighted to hear what you might have to say about it and we're happy to pass your comments on to Dan Whipple. As a writer yourself, I think you'll find Whipple's candid comments on the writing process insightful and reassuring.
And for heaven's sake, don't miss the deadline for submitting a chapter from your novel-in-progress. Go to the competition page right now!
Good luck and good writing!
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