Hats Off! to Mark Mitchell whose short novel Land of Mystical Scents is a semi-finalist in the 2018 Faulkner – Wisdom Competition. This is the fifth time he's placed as a semi-finalist. Iin 2012, his novel Ice Age Mystery made the short-list. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, which sponsors the event, requires manuscripts to be "publishable with professional editing.” In 2018, there were 438 entries, of which 9 were selected for the short list, 83 as finalists, and 158 as semi-finalists.188 were rejected as not ready to place in the competition.