Friday, August 11, 2006

I AM LOVING ITTTTT !!!


A couple of weeks back a colleague of mine submitted a short story from my blog titled 'Long Wait Home' on my behalf, as an entry for a contest called 'World's Greatest Novel'. This forum is building a novel that would be written by numerous writers. This is how it goes... First, write-ups are invited from writers across the globe, which is then shortlisted by a panel. One write-up is selected from the shortlisted works based on a public vote. This becomes the beginning of the novel. For the next part again a contest is conducted by inviting entries from writers. This process goes on till the entire novel is completed. Cool idea, ain't it?
Well, what my dear colleague missed out was that my write-up should have creating a setting for the start of a novel. But she liked my story and just send it without paying attention to the instructions. I had received this reply: -
"Hello, thank you for submitting your work. We have read through the work and must congratualte you on an excellent piece of literature.
However, as you already are aware we hope to create a novel. We are concerned that this opening has no where left to go. And on this basis have declined the work.
Where do you see the next chapter going or what the story could develop into if this extract was the start.
I would be glad to hear your views, we just fear this has no scope for future writers.
We would be very interested in receiving a work from you that allowed plenty of potential for the story to progress.
Thank You"
So I considered the matter closed and didnt even bother replying. But today when I opened my mail i had this message from them:-
"Hello Betsy.
Our various editors have read through your work again. After careful consideration and debate, it is felt the standard of writing deserves to see this work progress through to the next round.
We are still concerned that the work has limited opportunities for progress, but we have decided to let the general public on the forum have the final say.
The work is excellently written and we would like to congratulate you once more for an excellent piece of literature.
The work will be published on the site in the near future.
Good luck with regard the voting for the actual chosen work."
Out of the 253 entries they got, 12 have been shortlisted so far. And one of the shortlisted writers is MOIIIIIIIII... :)))) ~running around dancing and peeing in my pants~ ;))))
Check it out for urselves... Get onto http://www.worldsgreatestnovel.com/. On the left-hand side the list of short-listed candidates are given. Mine is the 9th one named 'Betsy Mathew 10/08/06' (Yup! Thats my name :)). Click on it and you will be able to view my write-up.
You can also click on 'Forum' and then on 'Shortlisted Work' (the second option) and give in your views.
~still beaming away to glory~
And all of you guys, why dont you give it a try? Try ur luck. It could be a nice way to create a writing background for aspiring writers.

70 comments:

neermathalam said...

way 2 go rose...
I will buy a book written by you...
not a pirated version..
not a paperback
bcse u deserve more..
and as a compensation for those articles i read directly frm screen without paying a single penny...
:)kudos betsy..

passerby55 said...

heartiest good wishes...

rose that is a great, great achievement...

kudos rose ... "SMILES"

starry nights said...

Congrats..Congrats and congrats..You write so well that I am not at all surprised. I see a great Novel in the making. I am so excited for you. All your posts were so well written, it captures the reader. keep it up.

aqua said...

Hey thts a wonderful achievement!! Congrats.. Looking forward for another 'Arundhati Roy' and a Booker Prize!!

kd said...

I dont know what to say.. I really really dont. You give me goosebumps. I love your words...

And I think I have given the instructions for reading my malayalam blog on the sidebar. lemme check, else I will mail it to you... btw, there is nothing uch there.. it was a trial which didnt last long..

satish said...

can we vote for you???

by the way, congratulations!

anup.777 said...

yippie!!!! ... this is awesome news!!! Treat treat treat!! :)

Kappa said...

Hey rose,

thanx for dropping by,

i checked out the story on the world's greatest novel web site. Pretty unique style of writing.

way to go!

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Abhishek said...

Good show rose... awesome...

u r really a wonderful writer and no doubt your story is there.. ;))

keep up the good show.. ;))

SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

Rose...Hey lady...This is just so very amazing......I have read tht and it is a real good piece of work, lot of emotions cleanly exposed too....I think I began reading your blog regularly after I read tht post....Congrats to you and all the best for the final contest....World Best...Now I am going to show off and say my blog buddy is here...Most ppl think ppl only write crap on the blogs and wht better way than this to PROOVE IT!!! Very happy for you lady!! :)

SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

Hey...I made an error and got the wrong subject of the post...Just read the content from the link you have given and remeber tht this was the Green Mile type of emotions...All your posts are good n maybe thts wht made me confused! :)

SUNMAY said...

whoaaa ! u are a celeb now !

Kishley said...

Congratulations rose! :) u know after reading ur post i too submitted on of my stories.. :)

Dr O2 said...

well if you are on it, then I know better than to compete ;-)

mathew said...

COngrats buddy...
Should say ur friend did a great job too!!..

good luck and prayers!!!

lash said...

way to go! there are a couple of other publishing houses doing the same job... u write well and moer importantly seems to have sensible muses. so i would suggest u take some time out write a serious sensible novel, go meet someone in person cos u have a good chance to make it.

Shekhar said...

Oye...dhik-chak...dhik-chak... !!

Congratulations !!! :))

Bola tha, write regularly..(err...nahi bola ? But you knew it all the while, didn't you ?)

;)

Shitrint said...

WO!!!
WAY TO GO GURL!!

and now i recollect telling u something abt u publishing ur own novel in one of ur earlier posts.. ;-)

**applause applause**

am so happy for ya gurl!!
tc!

Prmod Bafna said...

Congratualtions!! I'm glad you got chosen!! Carry on writing! :)

zingtrial said...

Liked reading through May I wish you well?you are oh my a good writer,Thanks for sharing :) .

its me said...

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
CONGRATS!!!!!!!

wooooooooooowwwwwwwwww
Good for you Betsy (:D)

Fisher73 said...

Awesome Betsy Mathews. Way to go!!!! I'll surely vote for you.

Shuresh Kumar said...

Ooooooh myyyyy gooooooooood!

I think you have just won a afan here. :D

Fox_20 said...

Congrats dear and all the best for the contest.

Emily said...

There is not doubt you are gonna win. Coz your are simply the BESTTTTTT!

Drowning in thoughts said...

Congratulations Betsy. You have great heights to acheive.

Sh8kespeare said...

Hey darling,

I told you you were deliciously beautifuly *wink wink*

Shewolf said...

Hey Rose. Veyr Happy for you. Wish you would win.

Christoffer Wallin said...

UTTA GIRLLLLL!!!

We are right behind you backing you up!!!!

Nasser Babaee said...

I am not surprised. No. I am not surprised at all.

I am only waiting for your book. :)))

Elisabeth Reis said...

Hey Betsy,

Both of us have the same origin of our names. Congrats gal! May you acheive greater heights.

Eilz

Shannon said...

WOW! Thats story was simp0ly great. IO still have goose bumps.

Shirazi said...

Saw this, read it and I too love this.

Neers said...

great!!!! am so appy for you... know, what you feel like!! :) and heyy... you really are good!

way to go!

jac said...

I read that from your post and commented.

Betsy,
You deseve it.(I repeat)

(((((congrats)))))

I congrat you friend too...

Ranga, The Raja said...

OMG!!!
I will stop reading novels now to protect myself from your attacks...

:)))))) ~ laughing ludicrously~

truth!!! its very nice to know that you are going places...

you r going places (from mumbai to wherever!?!)

ATB form my heart!!!

Inder said...

wow! that is great :)
i thought 'long wait home' was wonderfully written. glad that the shortlisting committee of the world's greatest novel thought the same way. best wishes :)

Keshi said...

WOWZA! Congratttz Rose darl! I knew it that ur writing is too good. Let us know of the progress.

Kehsi.

Keshi said...

WOWZA! Congratttz Rose darl! I knew it that ur writing is too good. Let us know of the progress.

Keshi.

Parag said...

Just read your story .. Extremely well written.. In just 16 paragraphs you have written what many cannot write in many volumes..
It really touched me deep inside.. keep in touch..

Hip Grandma said...

congrats betsy.loved your piece.good wishes for the future too.it was nice of you to share.i'm thinking of submitting a piece of my own.

Sreekumar said...

Hey there!
Big Congrats!! Really liked the story when you posted it earlier and no wonder it was selected.

alex said...

Well, the story was well written. Give the reader to experience what a convicts life will be and more than that the mothers reaction.
Keep it up.
Hope and pray it gets selected!

indianangel said...

Hey thats great to hear! You a lovely style of writing - do keep that up! and continue to write more! Hearty Congratulations!

priya said...

Congrats to you rose!!!!

MaIDeN said...

Pirate books or original ones.
What a different ?

Gaurav Jain said...

Heartiest CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I always thought you were a fabulous writer, and here is just a confirmation of your talents.

You make us proud!
Best wishes
Gaurav

Aditi said...

Wow Congratulations!!!!!
I'd love to read a whole book by you

Ghost Particle said...

wow...and thanx for the pointer! and my good wishes, always good to see and know a writer 'growing' up!

Anand said...

oh man!!!
This is grt news!!
well there was never a doubt that ur one heck of a talented writer!!!
All the best!

Anonymous said...

Please be careful of the Hazel Dream guy. He is a stalker and a debauch.

XYZ

I love Munich said...

That's fantastic Rose - I am SO HAPPY for you!! Heartfelt congratulations .. you're SUPER!!!

indianangel said...

I thot i replied to this post earlier! Duh! my bad eyepower as usual! So happy to hear this Betsy! Good luck to you and continue to write more!

Shama said...

At first I was like they are being harsh "I would be glad to hear your views, we just fear this has no scope for future writers.
We would be very interested in receiving a work from you that allowed plenty of potential for the story to progress." But really you deserve it. That story really did touch us all..deep. Way to go.!!!!

Arjun Ramakrishnan said...

heartiest congratulations! that was a brilliant piece of writing, richly deserved. you are a great writer in the making. best wishes...

Shakhi said...

congratulations!that's really great yaar!am gona check it right away! congrats once again!that's really cool!

shruti said...

a very hearty congratulation to u dear..
may be we able to see a great novel written by you..
as im constant reader,im always in search of good one..
n now im looking forward for urs..
good luck..

manish said...

Hey rose,

congrats,I'll treat you with a cadbury's 'fruit n nut' chocolate,I can see you salivating....yummy....:-)

Samantha said...

That is awesome! Congrats! What an ego boost, huh? I will be reading. .

Mindinside said...

I hope you win the best award
I wish you the best.
You are lucky with so many people who care about you and wishing you well :))

mojindro said...

a very hearty congratulation to u dear..

Gotta Be Max said...

Holy Mother of God! I cannot believe this! Thats great news! I stopped by to say that I'm back... but i guess i will keep my mouth shut! (Rather read!)
I am at a loss of words right now! Forgive me if I have a meek and muted response!

The best of luck!

Max

Tarini said...

Congratulations!!!

Tejas said...

Congrats! Its high time we find some more Arundhati Roys. Pretty impressive blog.

Jeremy Ryan said...

wow... I just came across this post through another one... congrats, babe... you're awesome :)

Anoop G said...

Congrats !!

Zoobie Singh said...

Hi...great going dear...so one more of ur many hidden talents...am proud of un all the best

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