My short story, "The Daughter's Dowry" published by Black Gate Magazine, was chosen as one of 2012's best short stories by Tangent Online. Novelette, actually, is the what they're calling it. It's a nice feeling to be chosen for this sort of thing!
For everyone who helped this story reach its final form, thank you! This includes the intrepid first readers, Jan Moretti and Susan Lazar, who, way back in 1999, gave me their impressions, and, later on, the great and powerful Barbara Young. With every story, the initial drafts have just enough that needs alteration to make comparisons with their final form (i.e. published form) painful. But those early positive reactions were important in keeping Daughter's Dowry and the other stories in this series somewhere near the front burner.
As the first story I'd written for a new writing group we'd formed, The Daughter's Dowry also served to show that writing for and with a group was something that could work for me. And, given that another story from that group, Mortal Star, was my first published piece, just made that all the clearer. Other stories from my time in that group were also published (such as Seven Minutes to Bangor, in Stupefying Stories), and others remain fond favorites of mine.