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V. R. Lassmann
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Hey, I have a quick question. I understand you canno’t resubmit. But, if someone gets to final 3 is it possible to make adjustments?
I just realized that the story I loved for the last month, could be improved (probably I have suddenly grown as a writer). 
It might mean I won’t get there and thus I have nothing to worry about, but still, I am just wondering. Could I still make changes after making to final 3, or is submission always the final version?

 
Posted : October 8, 2022 9:35 am
Preston Dennett
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Posted by: @vrlass

Hey, I have a quick question. I understand you canno’t resubmit. But, if someone gets to final 3 is it possible to make adjustments?
I just realized that the story I loved for the last month, could be improved (probably I have suddenly grown as a writer). 
It might mean I won’t get there and thus I have nothing to worry about, but still, I am just wondering. Could I still make changes after making to final 3, or is submission always the final version?

I was asked to make a few additions by the judge. Mostly just a tiny bit more description here and there. But not sure if they will let you make any unrequested changes. But they do edit your story.

 

Preston Dennett
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Winner, 2nd place, Q1, Volume 35
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Posted : October 8, 2022 1:12 pm
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RETreasure
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I did several proofreading edits and received a few notes from Dave Farland on more description, like Preston. Dean Wesley Smith is the editor of the anthology now, so the notes would be from him, but yes - there are edits.

That being said, if the story were to win, they probably don't want any changes made to it beyond what the editors request. Smile

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Posted : October 9, 2022 2:03 pm
Martin L. Shoemaker
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My story in the anthology was a whole scene longer than the version that won. Dave felt I ended with a strong theme, but I didn't introduce it at the start. He gave me a notion of how to introduce it. I went in an entirely different direction. Mine was better.

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Posted : October 12, 2022 5:27 pm
Spencer_S
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Same as the prior comments. There were a few things that needed changing, mainly a small part cut out and another expanded, plus more description at a few key points. Overall, I think it made it a better story.

“Stories are the collective wisdom of everyone who has ever lived. Your job as a storyteller is not simply to entertain. Nor is it to be noticed for the way your turn a phrase. You have a very important job—one of the most important. Your job is to let people know that everyone shares their feelings—and that these feelings bind us. Your job is a healing art, and like all healers, you have a responsibility. Let people know they are not alone. You must make people understand that we are all the same.”
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Posted : November 23, 2022 5:08 pm
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