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AlexH
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Charlie talks about his rejection templates here, though it's from a few years ago when electronic submissions first opened, so may not be exactly the same: http://www.ccfinlay.com/blog/nectar-for ... ncers.html

“didn’t grab me” = only read the opening
“didn’t work for me” = good, read all the way through
“didn’t win me over” = you'll probably sell it elsewhere

And look at these stats: "473 out of 751 [submissions] listed one or more previous pro sales. 63% of you are already writing at this level."

Yikes!

35: - R R R | 36: R HM R R | 37: HM HM HM SHM | 38: HM HM

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Posted : July 1, 2020 7:18 am
Reuben
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Thanks all!

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm ~ Winston Churchill
V37: R, R, R, HM
V38: SHM

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Posted : July 1, 2020 7:28 am
Jamesblakey
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"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.

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Posted : July 13, 2020 5:57 am
vjalrik
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"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.

Congrats!

Van Alrik
V33 (-- HM SHM R), V34 (SF R R HM),
V35 (HM R R R), V36 (R HM F HM),
V37 (SF HM HM HM), V38 (HM HM, Q3-Pending)
Latest sold story (10 total):
"The Church of Raw," Thuggish Itch: Scientific, Oct. 5, 2018

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Posted : July 13, 2020 9:13 am
Henckel
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"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.

That's awesome! Congrats!

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : July 13, 2020 10:41 am
AndyDibble
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"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.

Nice!

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Posted : July 13, 2020 10:52 am
Disgruntled Peony
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wotf007 Congratulations, Milo! wotf010 wotf010 wotf010

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 13, 2020 11:16 am
Reuben
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Awesome! I've been trying to get into The Colored Lens for a while! wotf010 wotf010

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm ~ Winston Churchill
V37: R, R, R, HM
V38: SHM

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Posted : July 13, 2020 12:13 pm
RETreasure
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Congratulations! Love the cover.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : July 13, 2020 12:22 pm
TimE
 TimE
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Well done, Milo. And from an HM - that's interesting.

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Posted : July 13, 2020 10:54 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fan ... ange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 15, 2020 5:14 am
aedlrjqaewoif
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http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007

Congrats! wotf010

AE for short
Running count: R: 4 | HM: 14 | SHM: 2
37q1 -- Romantic SF/Crime -- SHM
37q2 -- Military SF -- HM
37q3 -- < Submission pending >

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Posted : July 15, 2020 5:17 am
RETreasure
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WOO!

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : July 15, 2020 7:23 am
chuckt
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http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007

That's great. Congrats

36: R, R, R, SHM
37: R, HM, R, HM
38: HM, R, ?

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Posted : July 15, 2020 12:18 pm
Reuben
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http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007

Nice! You're inching your way to proing out, aren't you? Your second pro sale, or your third?

Congratulations!

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm ~ Winston Churchill
V37: R, R, R, HM
V38: SHM

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Posted : July 16, 2020 2:25 am
Disgruntled Peony
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http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007

Nice! You're inching your way to proing out, aren't you? Your second pro sale, or your third?

Congratulations!

It's my third pro sale, but the new wording of the rules confused me, so I e-mailed Joni to check. It's been confirmed that, since my first two sales were at .06/word, they don't count under the new rules (even though .06/word was pro rates at the time I made those sales). I'm not as close to proing out as I was worried about for a week or two. wotf011

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 16, 2020 4:58 am
AlexH
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Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007

35: - R R R | 36: R HM R R | 37: HM HM HM SHM | 38: HM HM

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Posted : July 16, 2020 6:18 am
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http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007

Nice! You're inching your way to proing out, aren't you? Your second pro sale, or your third?

Congratulations!

It's my third pro sale, but the new wording of the rules confused me, so I e-mailed Joni to check. It's been confirmed that, since my first two sales were at .06/word, they don't count under the new rules (even though .06/word was pro rates at the time I made those sales). I'm not as close to proing out as I was worried about for a week or two. wotf011

Great news, Liz. On both counts.

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Posted : July 16, 2020 6:27 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007

Honestly, I'm guessing that's why the competition has felt steeper of late--but that's just a guess, no hard data to back it up.

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 16, 2020 6:47 am
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http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007

Congrats!! So happy for you!

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Posted : July 16, 2020 10:24 am
TimE
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Third pro sale sounds good. Have you stopped telling people you're a writer and now say a professional writer?
Well done.

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Posted : July 16, 2020 7:30 pm
mikewyantjr
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It's my third pro sale...

Doesn't that mean you can get that SFWA membership card now? wotf026

WotF Results:

R:6
HM:12
sHM:0
SF:1
F:0
Last: HM, Q1 v38

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Posted : July 17, 2020 3:07 am
Disgruntled Peony
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It's my third pro sale...

Doesn't that mean you can get that SFWA membership card now? wotf026

I don't have the money for that, I have babies. wotf019

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 17, 2020 4:16 am
rjklee
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Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007

Honestly, I'm guessing that's why the competition has felt steeper of late--but that's just a guess, no hard data to back it up.

That's surprising. I thought it was much easier to pro out than that. Guess not.

I may have to preorder that Strange Lands tome. What a beautiful anthology to be published in!

R.J.K. Lee
WotF 2015-present: HMx6 SHMx1
My blog has monthly lists of upcoming deadlines and submission windows; let them motivate you to be more productive: https://figmentsdiehard.blogspot.com/
Give a listen to my creepy reading of my original flash fiction piece on the December 2020 episode of the Weird Christmas Podcast at the 22:10 mark: https://weirdchristmas.com/2020/12/23/weird-xmas-flash-fiction-2020-contest-results/. May Stosh persevere.

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Posted : July 17, 2020 2:08 pm
rjklee
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"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.

Great job finding a home for your HM. I may have to order that as I've been curious about the publication for a couple months now.

R.J.K. Lee
WotF 2015-present: HMx6 SHMx1
My blog has monthly lists of upcoming deadlines and submission windows; let them motivate you to be more productive: https://figmentsdiehard.blogspot.com/
Give a listen to my creepy reading of my original flash fiction piece on the December 2020 episode of the Weird Christmas Podcast at the 22:10 mark: https://weirdchristmas.com/2020/12/23/weird-xmas-flash-fiction-2020-contest-results/. May Stosh persevere.

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Posted : July 17, 2020 2:11 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007

Honestly, I'm guessing that's why the competition has felt steeper of late--but that's just a guess, no hard data to back it up.

That's surprising. I thought it was much easier to pro out than that. Guess not.

I may have to preorder that Strange Lands tome. What a beautiful anthology to be published in!

Your fourth pro short story publication--at .08/word or higher--is what makes you pro out.

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 17, 2020 4:25 pm
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http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007

Woot! Woot! You're on fire!!! NIcely done wotf009

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R-SHM-HM-R-HM-R-F-F-HM-HM-SHM-HM-HM-SF-PF-2nd place!
Published Finalist Volume 37 Quarter 4
Second Place Volume 38 Quarter 1

First publication was "Perfectly Painted Lies" published in Deep Magic Spring 2021 and reprinted in the anthology, Best of Deep Magic Volume 2.
Learn more about me at rainsdonwrites.com

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Posted : July 17, 2020 5:09 pm
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After many, many, MANY hours of revision, my first ever submission to Writers of the Future sold to Metaphorosis. It's titled "Shards." This is my first story sale *ever* after, um, five years of straight rejections. And it's the basis for the cover art! You can read it here: https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/story ... ase-young/

And what happened just a couple months after selling this story? I made my first ever PRO sale to Unidentified Funny Objects 8! Ahhh!! I'm so freaking happy! (It's a funny sci-fi humor story titled "Ambrose Starkisser Encounters That Which Is Locked," and it'll be coming out in late September/early October.)

So, yeah. Five years of rejections would have ground me down but for the Honorable Mentions and one Silver Honorable Mention from WotF. I can't overstate what a morale boost they were. Seriously. After that SHM in 2018, I kinda went into overdrive, reading and studying and practicing SFF as much as possible. Thank you WotF!  fistinair

R x 1
HM x 2
SHM x 1

My publications: https://ebookofthenewsun.wordpress.com/fiction/
My blog on futurism and other weird stuff: https://ebookofthenewsun.wordpress.com/blog/

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Posted : July 17, 2020 10:49 pm
TimE
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Congratulations, Bartleby. And I agree that those little measures of success and improvement in the form of WotF awards are great encouragement.
Well done.

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Posted : July 18, 2020 12:26 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Awesome job, Bartleby! That's a lot of great news. wotf007 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 18, 2020 12:28 am
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