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Wulf Moon
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R for me!
No surprise. I wrote it in a day and a half and barely had time for a quick re-read before submitting it at 11:58PST

Aww. Sorry, Julia. That would have made a better story than mine! By two minutes!

Congrats to all for entering. That takes courage. Sorry about the rejections, congrats on the honors, and keep aiming for the bullseye and never stop!

All the beast,

Moon

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Posted : April 18, 2019 5:28 pm
TimE
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'R' for me and I look at what Dave asks for and think I meet nearly all of it. What do I know? Perhaps I should stick to crime.

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Posted : April 18, 2019 7:25 pm
AnikeKirsten
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HM for me. Here's to Q2's chances!

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Posted : April 18, 2019 8:22 pm
Aidanka
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HM for me.

Woke up to a shiny R (different time zone)
Congrats on your HM wotf010 . Do they mention your story received HM in the email? Just curious maybe one day I'll get it too. wotf001 wotf001

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Posted : April 18, 2019 8:28 pm
Aidanka
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Speaking of fresh stories, what's the scuttlebutt on HRs and SHRs revising their stories and achieving a win or higher placement? They don't get feedback so maybe they would not realize what needed to be changed. Seems to me, you would strongly consider revising and resubmitting if you could discern the issue(s) that Dave might have had a problem with.

Best way to guess at that is to follow Dave's blog, probably. I've revised an R into an SHM before, but my attempt to revise an SHM into something better simply resulted in another SHM. I have no easy answers on this one.

Is Dave's blog the one starting with mydoctor? I can't access the website I guess due to geo-restriction.  fistinair   fistinair

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Posted : April 18, 2019 8:37 pm
DylCary
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Heads up, folks, I just got an email telling me I got another HM! Looks like the results are coming in.

"In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded."
-Terry Pratchett

HM ×2

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Posted : April 18, 2019 8:59 pm
mhkuch
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Woke up today to a nice brass-plated R. Woot!

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Posted : April 18, 2019 10:01 pm
Dragonchef
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Okay. I am more than likely joining all those Rs out there, but the email confused me a bit. Joni merely said my story didn't place. Is that what you guys got, "Didn't place"? If so . . .

triumph

"I GOT REJECTED!!!"

Places Golden R on mantel.
Just makes me want to work harder . . . it's the scientific method.

Congrats to all you HMs out there! That, in my book, is a WIN! (Albeit a lower tier win but still a win)

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Posted : April 18, 2019 11:10 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Okay. I am more than likely joining all those Rs out there, but the email confused me a bit. Joni merely said my story didn't place. Is that what you guys got, "Didn't place"? If so . . .

wotf053

"I GOT REJECTED!!!"

Places Golden R on mantel.
Just makes me want to work harder . . . it's the scientific method.

Congrats to all you HMs out there! That, in my book, is a WIN! (Albeit a lower tier win but still a win)

Yep, that's an R. And, hey, even when we get an R, every time we enter is better than not entering.

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 18, 2019 11:13 pm
Aidanka
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My first story that got a bright "R" was sold to an anthology. So don't lose hopes

Okay. I am more than likely joining all those Rs out there, but the email confused me a bit. Joni merely said my story didn't place. Is that what you guys got, "Didn't place"? If so . . .

wotf053

"I GOT REJECTED!!!"

Places Golden R on mantel.
Just makes me want to work harder . . . it's the scientific method.

Congrats to all you HMs out there! That, in my book, is a WIN! (Albeit a lower tier win but still a win)

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Posted : April 18, 2019 11:36 pm
RETreasure
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R for me. Ah, well.

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 : April 18, 2019 11:39 pm
chuckt
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Is Dave's blog the one starting with mydoctor? I can't access the website I guess due to geo-restriction.  fistinair   fistinair

Yes. Look at his"writing Tips" link. I'm not sure what "geo-restricting" is but I guess it means you can't access Dave's website from where you are? Wulf's "Super Secret" thread also has most of these tips in it and his own valuable insight. You can also listen to the Writers of the Future Podcasts. There are three of them. Finally, you can order Algis' book which has pretty much the same tips. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1614753679/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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

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Posted : April 18, 2019 11:47 pm
chuckt
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I notice one long-time submitter who has been knocking at the door that has not posted here or in results yet. Hope that means good news for them. Wonder how long we have to way for winner news?

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

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Posted : April 18, 2019 11:55 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Is Dave's blog the one starting with mydoctor? I can't access the website I guess due to geo-restriction.  fistinair    fistinair

I think he posts it on two sites, the story doctor one and his personal website. I always read them here:

http://davidfarland.com/category/for-writers/

Hopefully you'll be able to access that site.

Last night I felt pretty devastated about my R because it was the first story I wrote after the babies were born, but you know what? That story was kind of dark for WotF. It may do better elsewhere.

On another note, we gave the babies oat cereal in their bottles for the first time last night and they slept for right around eight hours in a row! I got between four and five hours of sleep as a result--AND I get to go back to sleep after this pump! (I know, that's not even remotely writing related, but it did wonders for my mood.)

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 19, 2019 12:00 am
RETreasure
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Is Dave's blog the one starting with mydoctor? I can't access the website I guess due to geo-restriction.  fistinair   fistinair

I think he posts it on two sites, the story doctor one and his personal website. I always read them here:

http://davidfarland.com/category/for-writers/

Hopefully you'll be able to access that site.

Last night I felt pretty devastated about my R because it was the first story I wrote after the babies were born, but you know what? That story was kind of dark for WotF. It may do better elsewhere.

On another note, we gave the babies oat cereal in their bottles for the first time last night and they slept for right around eight hours in a row! I got between four and five hours of sleep as a result--AND I get to go back to sleep after this pump! (I know, that's not even remotely writing related, but it did wonders for my mood.)

I was bummed last night but came to a similar conclusion - Dave has said he dislikes stories like mine in the past, so maybe it wasn’t a quality issue.

Getting sleep is the most amazing feeling after months of sleep deprivation! CONGRATS!

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 : April 19, 2019 12:07 am
Thomas Woodward
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HM here

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 : April 19, 2019 12:12 am
chuckt
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Last night I felt pretty devastated about my R because it was the first story I wrote after the babies were born, but you know what? That story was kind of dark for WotF. It may do better elsewhere.

On another note, we gave the babies oat cereal in their bottles for the first time last night and they slept for right around eight hours in a row! I got between four and five hours of sleep as a result--AND I get to go back to sleep after this pump! (I know, that's not even remotely writing related, but it did wonders for my mood.)

Sorry :(. Mine was way dark. Definitely not WotF. I have a better chance with my Q2 but it was still pre-guidelines ephinany for me.

I remember those zombie days when babies just would not sleep! So big congrats on that!

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

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Posted : April 19, 2019 12:15 am
Scafontaine
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Woke up to a shiny R (different time zone)
Congrats on your HM wotf010 . Do they mention your story received HM in the email? Just curious maybe one day I'll get it too. wotf001 wotf001

Ya, the email says it in the subject line.

Well, I edited my 1st Q story and sent it out elsewhere. Crossing my fingers.

Condolences to the Rs, congrats to the HMs, and wishing well to those who haven't heard yet!!

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Posted : April 19, 2019 12:29 am
amoskalik
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An HM for me.

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Posted : April 19, 2019 12:35 am
storysinger
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Rejection

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1

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Posted : April 19, 2019 1:02 am
vsutherland01
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Landed another HM. Excited for my Q2.

Honorable Mentions: 4
Rejections: 5

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Posted : April 19, 2019 3:28 am
Megan
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R for me. Sigh. I got the email last night and was pretty bummed out about it. I'm currently pregnant with baby number 3, and my pregnant self is taking rejection way harder than my non-pregnant self.

Disgruntledpeony, yay for a good night of sleep! Life gets livable again once they start sleeping through the night. And I can't imagine how hard two at once would be!!

Congrats to those with good news!

HM—2, R—1, V36 Q2 pending

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Posted : April 19, 2019 3:30 am
ddonche
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It's an R for me.

R R HM R R
Everwind.us

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Posted : April 19, 2019 3:57 am
Aidanka
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Thanks Chuck,
Yes it's been saying for nearly a year that I can't access the website from my current location. I didn't know about "Super Secret" thread and Podcasts, really appreciate it. Also I found dozens of article's on Dave's davidfarland.com webpage. I've been reading it this whole day, taking notes and I'm not even half way done.

Is Dave's blog the one starting with mydoctor? I can't access the website I guess due to geo-restriction.  fistinair   fistinair

Yes. Look at his"writing Tips" link. I'm not sure what "geo-restricting" is but I guess it means you can't access Dave's website from where you are? Wulf's "Super Secret" thread also has most of these tips in it and his own valuable insight. You can also listen to the Writers of the Future Podcasts. There are three of them. Finally, you can order Algis' book which has pretty much the same tips. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1614753679/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Posted : April 19, 2019 6:03 am
Aidanka
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Thank you for the tip. You're great, supermom!! clapper   I opened the link you provided and been reading it non-stop. (I checked it's been six hours). I even forgot to thank you, sorry:).
clapper Exactly, my story that received big bold R was too dark for the contest, I guess. But it was well received by other anthologies. So, try to shop it around I'm sure you'll get a great sale

Is Dave's blog the one starting with mydoctor? I can't access the website I guess due to geo-restriction.  fistinair   fistinair think he posts it on two sites, the story doctor one and his personal website. I always read them here:

http://davidfarland.com/category/for-writers/

Hopefully you'll be able to access that site.

Last night I felt pretty devastated about my R because it was the first story I wrote after the babies were born, but you know what? That story was kind of dark for WotF. It may do better elsewhere.

On another note, we gave the babies oat cereal in their bottles for the first time last night and they slept for right around eight hours in a row! I got between four and five hours of sleep as a result--AND I get to go back to sleep after this pump! (I know, that's not even remotely writing related, but it did wonders for my mood.)

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Posted : April 19, 2019 6:10 am
LittleRed
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wotf011 As Mr. Wonka said: The suspense is terrible... I hope it lasts.

If this world holds no wonder, it is no place for me.

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Posted : April 19, 2019 6:18 am
Wulf Moon
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Well, sorry guys, but congratulations, you entered, which is the only way you have a chance at winning. And every time you get an HM or higher, it means you hit the target! And those that got silver hm or higher? It means you were in Dave's final stack! About top twenty-four out of somewhere around 2000 entries in a quarter. He had to whittle it down, but YOU were in there! You were THAT close. So don't give up! My advice? Read all the tips and WRITE A FRESH STORY! Keep taking bead on that bullseye! If you don't quit, and if you keep writing fresh, you will win this because you are growing.

All the beast!

~Moon~

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“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!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : April 19, 2019 7:48 am
TimE
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wotf011 As Mr. Wonka said: The suspense is terrible... I hope it lasts.

Fingers crossed for you.

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Posted : April 19, 2019 7:59 am
LittleRed
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Thanks TimE. All these crickets chirping have me convinced the entry has fallen down a crack somewhere. Last Q the response popped up as a surprise. I should never have started email watching. (nervous grin and foot shuffle) wotf012

If this world holds no wonder, it is no place for me.

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Posted : April 19, 2019 8:18 am
KristyEmber
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LittleRed -
Did you have to send your story to Joni in an email because the site was down? If not, sounds like you might have a semi finalist.

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Posted : April 19, 2019 9:36 am
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