Allow me to highlight the relevant portion:
HOLY SHIT, GUYS. I only mentioned that I was submitting Chaotic Butterfly to a couple of you because I felt totally self-conscious about it. But I'm in the second round! That's totally exciting.
Next round starts end of March, and they'll use our 3-5k excerpts to narrow down to 500 quarterfinalists. I'm not terribly hopeful because the 5k limit forced me to cut off my excerpt before the rest of 5*STAR even gets introduced, but who knows, maybe Akai Ito will win it for me.
or maybe they'll just be intrigued by the fact that my author name is Mousa Pelli. (sidenote: I had to dl the pdf to find out whether i was on it or not, and scrolled the whole way through the M's and was like 'well i knew i wouldn't make it' before realizing I needed to look in the Ps.)