DARK KNOWLEDGE, the novel I describe as Flowers for Algernon with a Dean Koontz twist, placed 2nd in the 2008 SouthWest Writers Contest in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror division. The judge was an editor with The Penguin Group, and she had some nice things to say about my submission. I'm a happy man.
My record in contests ain't bad. I've entered four novels over the years and won twice--first place for ABOVE HALDIS NOTCH in '04 and this second place win for DARK KNOWLEDGE.