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mikewyantjr
(@mikewyantjr)
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In as of 9/18.

WotF Results:

R:6
HM:15
sHM:0
SF:2
F:0
Last: SF, Q1 v39

 
Posted : August 29, 2019 11:32 am
MushuWushu
(@mushuwushu)
New Member
 

Just submitted my story.

One catrillion-bajillion-million-thousand-one-hundred-fifty-three Rejections, one X HM

 
Posted : September 21, 2019 3:19 pm
DaneCurley
(@danecurley)
Advanced Member
 

really like what I sent in.

 
Posted : September 24, 2019 9:53 am
Henckel
(@henckel)
Silver Member
 

Submitted: 25 September 2019
Won: (just kidding)

WOTF Stats
(2014) V31 – R
(2018) V35 – HM
(2019) V36 – HM, SHM
(2020) V37 – R, HM, SHM, Finalist
(2021) V38 – SF, SHM, SHM, HM
(2022) V39 – HM, SHM, tba, tba

Other Achievements
(2019) Cowboy for a Day, published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Magician's Midlife Crisis, published by Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) Survived lockdown with minimal emotional scarring
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!!
(2022) Echoes of Gliese, published by Galaxy's Edge Magazine (January issue)
(2022) Heaven or Bust, published by Bag of Bones Press: 206 Word Stories
(2022) The Button Girl, published by The Academy of Heart and Mind
(2022) The Reaping of Blackroot Hollow will be published by Galaxy's Edge Magazine later in 2022

 
Posted : September 24, 2019 6:28 pm
RETreasure
(@rschibler)
Gold Member
 

Submitted September 27 2019.

Silver Honorable Mention November 23, 2019.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: (P)F, SHM, F, F
V39: SHM, SHM, P, P
Always Available for 5-page Critiques
CV & Editing Services: www.rebeccaetreasure.com
Reviews & Short Stories: www.patreon.com/rebeccaetreasure

 
Posted : September 27, 2019 2:06 pm
chuckt
(@chuckt)
Silver Member
 

In on September 30.

Chuck Thompson
6 Rs, 5 HMs, 2 SHMs

 
Posted : September 30, 2019 10:17 am
kjoinville
(@kjoinville)
New Member
 

Submitted 9/30/19

 
Posted : September 30, 2019 10:23 am
BPalm
(@bpalm)
Active Member
 

Submitted 9/30

Q1 Vol36: HM
Q3 Vol36: HM
Q4 Vol36: HM

 
Posted : September 30, 2019 8:28 pm
MountainSpud
(@jeschleicher)
Bronze Star Member
 

Submitted 9/30

Rejection 11/23  hmmmm   fistinair

R X 3
HM X 6
SHM X 2

 
Posted : September 30, 2019 11:50 pm
LoyalRam
(@loyalram)
Advanced Member
 

How long does it take to know?

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced." ~ Leo Tolstoy

 
Posted : October 2, 2019 10:31 am
Disgruntled Peony
(@disgruntledpeony)
Gold Star Member
 

How long does it take to know?

On average, about three months.

EDIT: Submitted September 24th. Got The Call on November 22nd at 9:06 EST. Ended up taking 4th place.

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
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
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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4th and Starlight: e-book | paperback

 
Posted : October 2, 2019 10:55 am
LoyalRam
(@loyalram)
Advanced Member
 

Thank you, disgruntledpeony. Do they rank all stories, or only the top 3?

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced." ~ Leo Tolstoy

 
Posted : October 2, 2019 11:58 am
LoyalRam
(@loyalram)
Advanced Member
 

I am worried that my story was disqualified. I read a requirement AfTER I submitted the story. It appears that no commercials or copyrighted material can be used in a story. I often use historical media to define the time frame of a story without bluntly saying "It's 1967."

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced." ~ Leo Tolstoy

 
Posted : October 2, 2019 12:05 pm
RETreasure
(@rschibler)
Gold Member
 

First, it’s recommended you delete any identifying information regarding your story from your post. The contest is anonymous. Second, you’re probably fine. Mentioning historically relevant details as milieu is isn’t the issue, it’s borrowing from them wholesale without attribution.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: (P)F, SHM, F, F
V39: SHM, SHM, P, P
Always Available for 5-page Critiques
CV & Editing Services: www.rebeccaetreasure.com
Reviews & Short Stories: www.patreon.com/rebeccaetreasure

 
Posted : October 2, 2019 2:30 pm
Disgruntled Peony
(@disgruntledpeony)
Gold Star Member
 

Thank you, disgruntledpeony. Do they rank all stories, or only the top 3?

They tell you if you didn't place (which is referred to on the forum as an R, because it's basically just your standard rejection letter), or if you got one of the following: an honorable mention (HM); a silver honorable mention (SHM), which is better than your basic HM; semi-finalist (SF), or finalist (F), in which case you get a phone call. Finalists get a second phone call when it's determined which of the eight stories made the top three, and non-winning finalists sometimes get the option for their story to be held in case the contest needs a published finalist to fill out the book that year.

Exact timing for who gets what notifications when tends to vary, but they do eventually publish results for HMs and up on the official blog.

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
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales
Twitter
4th and Starlight: e-book | paperback

 
Posted : October 2, 2019 2:41 pm
LoyalRam
(@loyalram)
Advanced Member
 

First, it’s recommended you delete any identifying information regarding your story from your post. The contest is anonymous. Second, you’re probably fine. Mentioning historically relevant details as milieu is isn’t the issue, it’s borrowing from them wholesale without attribution.

Thanks.

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced." ~ Leo Tolstoy

 
Posted : October 2, 2019 3:04 pm
LoyalRam
(@loyalram)
Advanced Member
 

Thank you, disgruntledpeony. Do they rank all stories, or only the top 3?

They tell you if you didn't place (which is referred to on the forum as an R, because it's basically just your standard rejection letter), or if you got one of the following: an honorable mention (HM); a silver honorable mention (SHM), which is better than your basic HM; semi-finalist (SF), or finalist (F), in which case you get a phone call. Finalists get a second phone call when it's determined which of the eight stories made the top three, and non-winning finalists sometimes get the option for their story to be held in case the contest needs a published finalist to fill out the book that year.

Exact timing for who gets what notifications when tends to vary, but they do eventually publish results for HMs and up on the official blog.

Interesting. So pretty much when a new contest begins, the notification letters are sent for not the quarter just ending, but for the one previous to that? (3rd quarter in this case.) People seem to know the silver honorable mention past winners and whether they visit specific blog or not. I wonder how many authors compete? I suppose thousands do...

Thanks again.

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced." ~ Leo Tolstoy

 
Posted : October 2, 2019 3:39 pm
Wulf Moon
(@wulfmoon)
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Thank you, disgruntledpeony. Do they rank all stories, or only the top 3?

They tell you if you didn't place (which is referred to on the forum as an R, because it's basically just your standard rejection letter), or if you got one of the following: an honorable mention (HM); a silver honorable mention (SHM), which is better than your basic HM; semi-finalist (SF), or finalist (F), in which case you get a phone call. Finalists get a second phone call when it's determined which of the eight stories made the top three, and non-winning finalists sometimes get the option for their story to be held in case the contest needs a published finalist to fill out the book that year.

Exact timing for who gets what notifications when tends to vary, but they do eventually publish results for HMs and up on the official blog.

That should be a macro. : ) Perfect summary of how results work.

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"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" won Best SFF Story of 2019! Read it in WotF, Volume 35. Order HERE!
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You know WotF Workshop's 24-hour story exercise? Want to see what I wrote? Just awarded Best All Other Short Stories of 2021! Read in THINGS WITH FEATHERS. Order HERE!
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Posted : October 6, 2019 2:21 pm
Wulf Moon
(@wulfmoon)
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Thank you, disgruntledpeony. Do they rank all stories, or only the top 3?

They tell you if you didn't place (which is referred to on the forum as an R, because it's basically just your standard rejection letter), or if you got one of the following: an honorable mention (HM); a silver honorable mention (SHM), which is better than your basic HM; semi-finalist (SF), or finalist (F), in which case you get a phone call. Finalists get a second phone call when it's determined which of the eight stories made the top three, and non-winning finalists sometimes get the option for their story to be held in case the contest needs a published finalist to fill out the book that year.

Exact timing for who gets what notifications when tends to vary, but they do eventually publish results for HMs and up on the official blog.

Interesting. So pretty much when a new contest begins, the notification letters are sent for not the quarter just ending, but for the one previous to that? (3rd quarter in this case.) People seem to know the silver honorable mention past winners and whether they visit specific blog or not. I wonder how many authors compete? I suppose thousands do...

Thanks again.

The exact number of contestants is a closely guarded secret. Joni doesn't want people to get scared off from submitting because of the volume of submissions. But David Farland has said "thousands" of submissions each quarter in his posts, and "thousands" in his published intros in the WotF volumes, so that's public. It is the largest contest of its kind in the world. It still boils down to this: if you write an original, professionally crafted story, it will get in front of Dave, and he will decide.

And that's the case at any professional publication. The difference here is that you are only competing against aspiring writers, not pro's.

Best of success!

Moon

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"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" won Best SFF Story of 2019! Read it in WotF, Volume 35. Order HERE!
"Muzik Man" won Best SFF Story of 2020! Read it in Best of Deep Magic Anthology Two!
You know WotF Workshop's 24-hour story exercise? Want to see what I wrote? Just awarded Best All Other Short Stories of 2021! Read in THINGS WITH FEATHERS. Order HERE!
Enjoy my award-winning SUPER SECRETS of Writing articles! FREE to read in every issue of DreamForge Anvil! Don't miss Best Positive Future Story of 2021: "Shaken, Not Stirred." FREE! Click HERE!

 
Posted : October 6, 2019 2:29 pm
crlisle
(@crlisle)
Silver Member
 

Which stories are put into the anthologies? The finalists? Semi-finalists? Silver Honorable Mentions?

Just wondering,
Candice

2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- HM
2022 Quarters: 1st -- SHM, 2nd -- RWC, 3rd -- Pending, 4th -- WIP
To be published in: Martian Magazine
Published in: Galaxy's Edge magazine, Daily Science Fiction, LTUE Anthology Parliament of Wizards, Sci Fi Lampoon

 
Posted : November 6, 2019 7:00 am
Disgruntled Peony
(@disgruntledpeony)
Gold Star Member
 

Which stories are put into the anthologies? The finalists? Semi-finalists? Silver Honorable Mentions?

Just wondering,
Candice

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are chosen from the eight finalists and those stories are placed in the anthology. Sometimes they publish a non-winning finalist or two if the book needs extra padding or balance, but they haven't gone that route for the last two volumes.

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
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales
Twitter
4th and Starlight: e-book | paperback

 
Posted : November 6, 2019 7:03 am
officer
(@officer)
Bronze Star Member
 

Submitted Sep 26
HM Nov 23

HM, R, HM~, R, R, SHM*, HM, R, HM**, HM, ?, ?
~"Music from the Stars"
* Finalist, 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
**"Speculation," Brave New Worlds (Zombies Need Brains, Aug 2022)

 
Posted : November 23, 2019 1:00 pm
mikewyantjr
(@mikewyantjr)
Bronze Star Member
Topic starter
 

Honorable Mention, November 23rd.

WotF Results:

R:6
HM:15
sHM:0
SF:2
F:0
Last: SF, Q1 v39

 
Posted : November 23, 2019 1:07 pm
Thomas Woodward
(@thomas-woodward)
Bronze Member
 

HM

5x R
10x HM
2020 Superstars Writing Seminar scholarship award recipient
"No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure." — Ernest Hemingway

 
Posted : November 23, 2019 1:08 pm
AjZach
(@ajzach)
Bronze Star Member
 

HM for me

V35: R, R, R
V36: R, HM, R, HM
V37: HM, R, SF, HM
V38: HM, HM, HM, SHM
V39: HM, HM, P
"The Soul of Trees" published in Third Flatiron's Things With Feathers: Stories of Hope

 
Posted : November 23, 2019 1:22 pm
chuckt
(@chuckt)
Silver Member
 

SHM woot! 11/23

Chuck Thompson
6 Rs, 5 HMs, 2 SHMs

 
Posted : November 23, 2019 1:42 pm
crlisle
(@crlisle)
Silver Member
 

wotf017
I got a letter saying I did not place. Is this the rejection letter?

2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- HM
2022 Quarters: 1st -- SHM, 2nd -- RWC, 3rd -- Pending, 4th -- WIP
To be published in: Martian Magazine
Published in: Galaxy's Edge magazine, Daily Science Fiction, LTUE Anthology Parliament of Wizards, Sci Fi Lampoon

 
Posted : November 23, 2019 2:34 pm
Wulf Moon
(@wulfmoon)
Platinum Plus
 

wotf017
I got a letter saying I did not place. Is this the rejection letter?

Yes, sorry. It normally takes some time to make HM if we are still building up our skills through the act of writing and studying. The good news is that you got past a hurdle--you had the courage to send your story out, instead of putting it in a drawer. Do listen to the WotF podcasts. You will find almost every winner submitted to this contest for many years--some decades--building up HMs and higher over time.

How did they win? They found a way to get past the rejections and kept submitting.

You do the same. Smile

All the beast,

Wulf Moon

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"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" won Best SFF Story of 2019! Read it in WotF, Volume 35. Order HERE!
"Muzik Man" won Best SFF Story of 2020! Read it in Best of Deep Magic Anthology Two!
You know WotF Workshop's 24-hour story exercise? Want to see what I wrote? Just awarded Best All Other Short Stories of 2021! Read in THINGS WITH FEATHERS. Order HERE!
Enjoy my award-winning SUPER SECRETS of Writing articles! FREE to read in every issue of DreamForge Anvil! Don't miss Best Positive Future Story of 2021: "Shaken, Not Stirred." FREE! Click HERE!

 
Posted : November 23, 2019 2:46 pm
crlisle
(@crlisle)
Silver Member
 

Thank you Wulf. Your encouragement means a lot to me.

2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- HM
2022 Quarters: 1st -- SHM, 2nd -- RWC, 3rd -- Pending, 4th -- WIP
To be published in: Martian Magazine
Published in: Galaxy's Edge magazine, Daily Science Fiction, LTUE Anthology Parliament of Wizards, Sci Fi Lampoon

 
Posted : November 23, 2019 3:57 pm
JVAshley
(@jvashley)
Silver Member
 

Submitted 9/30
Rejection 11/23

~ J V Ashley

 
Posted : November 23, 2019 5:08 pm
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