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mikewyantjr
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In as of 9/18.

WotF Results:

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

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Topic starter Posted : August 29, 2019 4:32 am
MushuWushu
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Just submitted my story.

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

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Posted : September 21, 2019 8:19 am
DaneCurley
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really like what I sent in.

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Posted : September 24, 2019 2:53 am
Henckel
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Submitted: 25 September 2019
Won: (just kidding)

(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 : September 24, 2019 11:28 am
RETreasure
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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: F, SHM, P, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : September 27, 2019 7:06 am
chuckt
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In on September 30.

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

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Posted : September 30, 2019 3:17 am
kjoinville
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Submitted 9/30/19

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Posted : September 30, 2019 3:23 am
BPalm
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Submitted 9/30

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

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Posted : September 30, 2019 1:28 pm
MountainSpud
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Submitted 9/30

Rejection 11/23  hmmmm   fistinair

R X 3
HM X 3
SHM X 1

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Posted : September 30, 2019 4:50 pm
LoyalRam
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How long does it take to know?

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

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Posted : October 2, 2019 3:31 am
Disgruntled Peony
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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
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 : October 2, 2019 3:55 am
LoyalRam
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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

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Posted : October 2, 2019 4:58 am
LoyalRam
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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

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Posted : October 2, 2019 5:05 am
RETreasure
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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: F, SHM, P, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : October 2, 2019 7:30 am
Disgruntled Peony
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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.

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 : October 2, 2019 7:41 am
LoyalRam
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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

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Posted : October 2, 2019 8:04 am
LoyalRam
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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.

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

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Posted : October 2, 2019 8:39 am
Wulf Moon
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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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Posted : October 6, 2019 7:21 am
Wulf Moon
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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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NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
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Posted : October 6, 2019 7:29 am
crlisle
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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 -- Pending, 4th -- Pending
"Invasion" to be published in Daily Science Fiction
"The Last Dance" to be published Feb. 2022 in the LTUE Anthology, Parliament of Wizards
"My Ten Cents" published in Sci Fi Lampoon, vol. 2, Dec. 2020
"Never give up. Never surrender." - Galaxy Quest

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Posted : November 5, 2019 11:00 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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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
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 : November 5, 2019 11:03 pm
officer
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Submitted Sep 26
HM Nov 23

HM, R, HM, R, R, SHM*, HM, ?, ?
*Finalist, 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

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Posted : November 23, 2019 5:00 am
mikewyantjr
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Honorable Mention, November 23rd.

WotF Results:

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

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Topic starter Posted : November 23, 2019 5:07 am
Thomas Woodward
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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

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Posted : November 23, 2019 5:08 am
AjZach
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HM for me

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Posted : November 23, 2019 5:22 am
chuckt
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SHM woot! 11/23

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

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Posted : November 23, 2019 5:42 am
crlisle
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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 -- Pending, 4th -- Pending
"Invasion" to be published in Daily Science Fiction
"The Last Dance" to be published Feb. 2022 in the LTUE Anthology, Parliament of Wizards
"My Ten Cents" published in Sci Fi Lampoon, vol. 2, Dec. 2020
"Never give up. Never surrender." - Galaxy Quest

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Posted : November 23, 2019 6:34 am
Wulf Moon
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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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“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
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Posted : November 23, 2019 6:46 am
crlisle
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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 -- Pending, 4th -- Pending
"Invasion" to be published in Daily Science Fiction
"The Last Dance" to be published Feb. 2022 in the LTUE Anthology, Parliament of Wizards
"My Ten Cents" published in Sci Fi Lampoon, vol. 2, Dec. 2020
"Never give up. Never surrender." - Galaxy Quest

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Posted : November 23, 2019 7:57 am
JVAshley
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Submitted 9/30
Rejection 11/23

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : November 23, 2019 9:08 am
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