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JVAshley
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It's been anything from two weeks to over a month for me. But I agree with ChuckT that the final judging might be taking place right now - we could wake up to a total apocalypse at any time.

wotf018 Wow! That did nothing to help the Twitching.

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Posted : April 16, 2019 2:41 am
Disgruntled Peony
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It's been anything from two weeks to over a month for me. But I agree with ChuckT that the final judging might be taking place right now - we could wake up to a total apocalypse at any time.

wotf018 Wow! That did nothing to help the Twitching.

I keep thinking I'm over the twitching. Then I get another e-mail or phone call and my heart skips a beat. 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 : April 16, 2019 3:17 am
Thegirlintheglasses
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Yeah, I think last quarter only took 2 weeks (or less really for the winners. Pretty sure I got my 'not a winner' call AFTER Moon. And how long ago did Dave say his part was done?).

BUT that's quarter 4, where everyone is scrambling to get things finished for the anthology and whatnot. Could be. Could not be. *shrug* guess we'll find out soon enough.

Brittany Rainsdon
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.
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Posted : April 16, 2019 4:22 am
amoskalik
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I pulling for sometime in June, then I can have three entries in at once. That's only happened for me once before and it really heightened the twitching. If they delay it to July, we can all go for a Four Twitch Slam.

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Posted : April 16, 2019 4:27 am
Dragonchef
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Or a WotF Twitcher Support Group

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Posted : April 16, 2019 4:56 am
chuckt
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Yeah, I think last quarter only took 2 weeks (or less really for the winners. Pretty sure I got my 'not a winner' call AFTER Moon. And how long ago did Dave say his part was done?).

BUT that's quarter 4, where everyone is scrambling to get things finished for the anthology and whatnot. Could be. Could not be. *shrug* guess we'll find out soon enough.

There's a "not a winner" call for finalists? I guess that's the nice thing to do? I might prefer an email?

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

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Posted : April 16, 2019 5:20 am
KD Julicher
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Yeah, I think last quarter only took 2 weeks (or less really for the winners. Pretty sure I got my 'not a winner' call AFTER Moon. And how long ago did Dave say his part was done?).

BUT that's quarter 4, where everyone is scrambling to get things finished for the anthology and whatnot. Could be. Could not be. *shrug* guess we'll find out soon enough.

There's a "not a winner" call for finalists? I guess that's the nice thing to do? I might prefer an email?

Often Joni calls the not-winners before the winners, so they don't find out on Facebook. It's a letdown for sure but really is nicer than an email. She always sounds so regretful and sometimes she'll tell you something nice (like "judge X loved your story!").

But I am getting very tired of the you-are-not-a-winner calls and I very much hope that next time I get the other call...

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

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Posted : April 16, 2019 5:23 am
Thegirlintheglasses
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But I am getting very tired of the you-are-not-a-winner calls and I very much hope that next time I get the other call...

It's gotta happen soon! Has anyone been a finalist more than you? Seriously!!!! I salute you wotf009

And I love that she calls instead of emails. She's personable, really encouraging, and it's just a nice touch from this contest. I mean, who else calls you with an 'almost' acceptance. NO ONE lol.

Here's to hoping KD wotf027

Brittany Rainsdon
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 : April 16, 2019 6:13 am
KD Julicher
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But I am getting very tired of the you-are-not-a-winner calls and I very much hope that next time I get the other call...

It's gotta happen soon! Has anyone been a finalist more than you? Seriously!!!! I salute you wotf009

And I love that she calls instead of emails. She's personable, really encouraging, and it's just a nice touch from this contest. I mean, who else calls you with an 'almost' acceptance. NO ONE lol.

Here's to hoping KD wotf027

Scott Parkin won WOTF in v31 on his fifth time at finalist. I... very much do not want to beat his record.

Joni is awesome. Totally makes your day when she calls (with good news, anyway!)

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

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Posted : April 16, 2019 6:18 am
chuckt
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It's gotta happen soon! Has anyone been a finalist more than you? Seriously!!!! I salute you wotf009

And I love that she calls instead of emails. She's personable, really encouraging, and it's just a nice touch from this contest. I mean, who else calls you with an 'almost' acceptance. NO ONE lol.

Here's to hoping KD wotf027

Yeah, I noticed your F-count as well. Best of luck! With a count that high your writing must be top-drawer.

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

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Posted : April 16, 2019 8:07 am
Disgruntled Peony
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It's gotta happen soon! Has anyone been a finalist more than you? Seriously!!!! I salute you wotf009

And I love that she calls instead of emails. She's personable, really encouraging, and it's just a nice touch from this contest. I mean, who else calls you with an 'almost' acceptance. NO ONE lol.

Here's to hoping KD wotf027

Yeah, I noticed your F-count as well. Best of luck! With a count that high your writing must be top-drawer.

It really is. We've traded critiques multiple times, and it's always a delight. wotf007 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 : April 16, 2019 8:14 am
Dragonchef
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So far no rejection, but still polishing the 4K gold-plated "R" to place on my mantel, as well as exhaling a sigh of relief. But, today is Wednesday, a new day, and could possibly be the day my R takes its place of honor. Time will tell.

I pray not one of you get an R, and that at least five of you forumites are finalists, and the rest semi-finalists. No more SHMs or HMs for you guys. Nothing but good ol' recognition of the highest place.

To life eternal.

wotf037

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Posted : April 17, 2019 1:21 am
RETreasure
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I’d be delighted with a SHM!

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
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Posted : April 17, 2019 1:39 am
Dragonchef
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I’d be delighted with a SHM!

Shh! Me too.

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Posted : April 17, 2019 3:23 am
MWStallings
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Yeah, I've been answering every phonecall I would normally duck. So far, lots of robo calls and indian recruiters.

Stay positive,

Mark

Write all the words and bury them in ink!

HM:1, R:2

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Posted : April 17, 2019 4:14 am
Thegirlintheglasses
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If she's stuck on jury duty, this could be a while, dang it.

Good news is I'll probably have a phone early next week. Ordered a new one yesterday. Yay! *Still scouring emails as that is the most likely source of news. Nothing. Reminds self Joni is still on jury duty...*

And...back to writing Q3...

Brittany Rainsdon
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 : April 17, 2019 4:18 am
mhkuch
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I’d be delighted with a SHM!

I'd be honored if my first-ever submission got one too! Heck, I'd be honored if it got an HM!

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Posted : April 17, 2019 4:19 am
Thegirlintheglasses
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And yes, a silver would be great. Those stories can be resubmitted smiley I'm kinda hoping for a SF at some point, just to have a 'rainbow'... Who am I kidding, we all want to make F!!! And a WIN!!! Hope we get some forumites ON THAT STAGE!!!
Good luck everyone! fistinair fistinair fistinair

Brittany Rainsdon
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 : April 17, 2019 4:22 am
TimE
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Five winners from the UK in Vol. 35 - perhaps the judges like the style of us Brits.

Five winners from the UK in Vol. 35 - perhaps the statistical anomaly will be smoothed out with a zero this year.

Okay - SHM would be an improvement for me. I'd be pleased with that.

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Posted : April 17, 2019 6:57 am
ddonche
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Do they leave a message if you miss the phone call? Or if you're like me, probably 19/20 phone calls are from spam or robots, so I never answer the phone unless I know the number.

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Posted : April 17, 2019 8:21 am
KD Julicher
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Do they leave a message if you miss the phone call? Or if you're like me, probably 19/20 phone calls are from spam or robots, so I never answer the phone unless I know the number.

She'll leave a message. Also, for me, her calls show up as "Caller Unknown" and these days all the spammers show up with fake numbers, so I answer the "Caller Unknown" calls.

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

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Posted : April 17, 2019 8:38 am
storysinger
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I answer the "Caller Unknown" calls.

If I get one of those I know I should answer, so thanks for that heads up. wotf007

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HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1

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Posted : April 17, 2019 9:30 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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Anyone listen to the latest podcast with Dave, Tim Powers, and OSC?

They talked about judging for "this quarter." Do we think that's q1?

If so, there was a little hint that a story told in present tense did well.

Commence twitching.

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Posted : April 18, 2019 1:40 am
Thegirlintheglasses
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Anyone listen to the latest podcast with Dave, Tim Powers, and OSC?

They talked about judging for "this quarter." Do we think that's q1?

If so, there was a little hint that a story told in present tense did well.

Commence twitching.

link please Smile

Brittany Rainsdon
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 : April 18, 2019 1:56 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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Anyone listen to the latest podcast with Dave, Tim Powers, and OSC?

They talked about judging for "this quarter." Do we think that's q1?

If so, there was a little hint that a story told in present tense did well.

Commence twitching.

link please Smile

http://qoo.ly/wtpgk

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Posted : April 18, 2019 2:01 am
KD Julicher
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Anyone listen to the latest podcast with Dave, Tim Powers, and OSC?

They talked about judging for "this quarter." Do we think that's q1?

If so, there was a little hint that a story told in present tense did well.

Commence twitching.

If it was Q4, the winning piece by Andrew Dykstal and the second place piece by Wulf Moon were both in first person. Was the podcast done at the gala? I'd expect it to refer back to Q4 in that case.

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

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Posted : April 18, 2019 2:10 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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Anyone listen to the latest podcast with Dave, Tim Powers, and OSC?

They talked about judging for "this quarter." Do we think that's q1?

If so, there was a little hint that a story told in present tense did well.

Commence twitching.

If it was Q4, the winning piece by Andrew Dykstal and the second place piece by Wulf Moon were both in first person. Was the podcast done at the gala? I'd expect it to refer back to Q4 in that case.

The episode title starts with "after the workshop:"

So I'm not entirely sure when that would have taken place. Are we aware of any of the Q4 stories being in present tense?

The conversion was about how generally they would never read something in present tense, but if Dave sends it up, they know it's good and give it a fair shake.

I'm this case both Tim and OSC stated they slated this particular present tense story as top 2 for the quarter.

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Posted : April 18, 2019 2:17 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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Anyone listen to the latest podcast with Dave, Tim Powers, and OSC?

They talked about judging for "this quarter." Do we think that's q1?

If so, there was a little hint that a story told in present tense did well.

Commence twitching.

If it was Q4, the winning piece by Andrew Dykstal and the second place piece by Wulf Moon were both in first person. Was the podcast done at the gala? I'd expect it to refer back to Q4 in that case.

The episode title starts with "after the workshop:"

So I'm not entirely sure when that would have taken place. Are we aware of any of the Q4 stories being in present tense?

The conversion was about how generally they would never read something in present tense, but if Dave sends it up, they know it's good and give it a fair shake.

I'm this case both Tim and OSC stated they slated this particular present tense story as top 2 for the quarter.

looks like Dykstal's story was present tense, so I'm sure it was Q4 they were talking about in the podcast.
No tea leaves to read after all.

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Posted : April 18, 2019 2:37 am
KD Julicher
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I meant that Andrew and Wulf's stories were both in present tense, not first person! I haven't had my caffeine yet this morning. I'm guessing that's what they were referring to.

Having read the anthology, in my highly biased opinion Wulf's story was the only one that needed to be present tense. I don't think you could tell it any other way. The other pieces that were in present, my brain kept trying to read in past tense. But I'm not a judge and obviously they did very well.

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

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Posted : April 18, 2019 2:44 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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I meant that Andrew and Wulf's stories were both in present tense, not first person! I haven't had my caffeine yet this morning. I'm guessing that's what they were referring to.

Having read the anthology, in my highly biased opinion Wulf's story was the only one that needed to be present tense. I don't think you could tell it any other way. The other pieces that were in present, my brain kept trying to read in past tense. But I'm not a judge and obviously they did very well.

If you listen to the podcast they mention one story as the "present tense" story and seem to concur that it was their 2nd place to another story that, by assumption, was not present tense and overwhelmingly (to them at least) the best story.

If they were referring to Q4, both first and second were present tense, which doesn't quite seem to fit what they were saying.

In any event, results will arrive when they arrive, no sense in stirring up the twitchies I guess.

What's probably most important is that both Tim and OSC seemed very clear that present tense is generally not ideal (which is interesting given Q4). Good nuggets in there if you get a chance to listen.

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Posted : April 18, 2019 3:29 am
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