I received an E-mail this morning and modified the format for this post.
2013 Eric Hoffer Category Finalists
After our rigorous first round of judging, less than 10% of the titles become category finalists. We consider this a distinction of its own merit and, in 2008, began officially listing these titles on-line. Finalists are selected by category scoring. There are typically 1-6 books per category selected as a finalist. Finalists fall into approximately the upper 10% of all books that entered the contest. Below are the current and previous category finalists in alphabetical order by book.
The copy read by the committee was a corrected copy of my manuscript.
I did not make the final cut but I feel that the story I presented has been validated.