from founder/editor Donna Talarico:
P.S. A touching email reply today from one of these nominees about his or her nod, which will remain private of course, reinforced something for me. What’s extra special about this process for me, is that a few people on this list had not been published before. So not only did Hippocampus give some “new” writers a home, but we also got to further celebrate a first-time success. That should remind writers, all writers, to just keep plugging away. Stories do find homes. And when they do, things can really fall into place!