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LittleRed
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i entered as usual -- got the confirmation back ages ago. so ... no?? Trying not to get my hopes too high. lol

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

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Posted : April 19, 2019 9:39 am
KristyEmber
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Although we also haven’t seen SHMs yet.

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Posted : April 19, 2019 9:48 am
LittleRed
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Ahhh --- that makes sense too , KristyEmber

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

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Posted : April 19, 2019 9:52 am
ddonche
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I have a question regarding these things, and if it's been answered somewhere then feel free to give me the hose again. If you get an R on a technicality, is there any way to know this? This might be completely wishful thinking, but I recently became aware of the Microsoft Word meta data it includes in the files and I opened up some past entries and found that my name was in the info under "Last Updated By".

Each time I get an R, I put my brain through a ringer trying to figure out what was wrong with my story. I study the hell out of everything David puts out, and I have (so far) about 6 of the anthologies, and I read the winning entries. I try to outdo myself each time. I think the hardest part is trying to figure out what you got wrong on the story. I feel like I'm shooting in the dark. What if what I think is wrong is not the thing that was wrong? Lastly, what if the story was actually great, but you messed up a technical issue?

R R HM R R
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Posted : April 19, 2019 12:13 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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I have a question regarding these things, and if it's been answered somewhere then feel free to give me the hose again. If you get an R on a technicality, is there any way to know this? This might be completely wishful thinking, but I recently became aware of the Microsoft Word meta data it includes in the files and I opened up some past entries and found that my name was in the info under "Last Updated By".

Each time I get an R, I put my brain through a ringer trying to figure out what was wrong with my story. I study the hell out of everything David puts out, and I have (so far) about 6 of the anthologies, and I read the winning entries. I try to outdo myself each time. I think the hardest part is trying to figure out what you got wrong on the story. I feel like I'm shooting in the dark. What if what I think is wrong is not the thing that was wrong? Lastly, what if the story was actually great, but you messed up a technical issue?

There's no way to know that, no. That's why I always triple check before I submit.

Trading crits with other people can also provide a buffer of sorts, of course--at the very least, it can gain something in the way of feedback.

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 12:26 pm
Wulf Moon
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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

When that chirping happens, and results are all in except the finalists, and you didn't get the call, it likely means you're a semifinalist. Or your entry got lost. Take your pick. : )

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Posted : April 19, 2019 12:50 pm
Wulf Moon
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I have a question regarding these things, and if it's been answered somewhere then feel free to give me the hose again. If you get an R on a technicality, is there any way to know this? This might be completely wishful thinking, but I recently became aware of the Microsoft Word meta data it includes in the files and I opened up some past entries and found that my name was in the info under "Last Updated By".

Each time I get an R, I put my brain through a ringer trying to figure out what was wrong with my story. I study the hell out of everything David puts out, and I have (so far) about 6 of the anthologies, and I read the winning entries. I try to outdo myself each time. I think the hardest part is trying to figure out what you got wrong on the story. I feel like I'm shooting in the dark. What if what I think is wrong is not the thing that was wrong? Lastly, what if the story was actually great, but you messed up a technical issue?

This is Rejectomancy. It's a dangerous path to go down. As always, you know my advice. Send it out. And write your next.

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 12:52 pm
Scafontaine
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I'm wondering what happened with the SHM. Did none of us forumites get one or are they doing away with that type of honor or is it being delayed like semi finalists?

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Posted : April 19, 2019 6:48 pm
TimE
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Each time I get an R, I put my brain through a ringer trying to figure out what was wrong with my story. I study the hell out of everything David puts out, and I have (so far) about 6 of the anthologies, and I read the winning entries. I try to outdo myself each time. I think the hardest part is trying to figure out what you got wrong on the story.

This is me. As I've said before, I know there were problems with my two stories that got HM's. All my R's seemed to be better stories to me. I can only put it down to originality.

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Posted : April 19, 2019 9:06 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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I'm wondering what happened with the SHM. Did none of us forumites get one or are they doing away with that type of honor or is it being delayed like semi finalists?

It's probably delayed because SHM and semi-finalist are very close. I'm betting we'll see both of those at the same time. (I've seen it staggered this way more than once. Used to happen on the regular.)

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 9:27 pm
chuckt
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I have a question regarding these things, and if it's been answered somewhere then feel free to give me the hose again. If you get an R on a technicality, is there any way to know this? This might be completely wishful thinking, but I recently became aware of the Microsoft Word meta data it includes in the files and I opened up some past entries and found that my name was in the info under "Last Updated By".

Each time I get an R, I put my brain through a ringer trying to figure out what was wrong with my story. I study the hell out of everything David puts out, and I have (so far) about 6 of the anthologies, and I read the winning entries. I try to outdo myself each time. I think the hardest part is trying to figure out what you got wrong on the story. I feel like I'm shooting in the dark. What if what I think is wrong is not the thing that was wrong? Lastly, what if the story was actually great, but you messed up a technical issue?

Im a noob but, for what it's worth, I've gotten a lot of help from getting an experienced writer to critique my stories. I also paid a pro to look at my stuff and that was useful as well. I had some clunky things I was doing I didn't even know about like too many "to-be" verbs and repeating words. Finally, I'm signed up for a couple of writing craft workshops with pros in the sci-fi world. The Cons are a good place to look for these at reasonable prices. For example, Jodi Lynn Nye runs one at Dragoncon.

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

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Posted : April 19, 2019 9:38 pm
amoskalik
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There are only twelve reports in the Grinder for WOTF this quarter. That leaves about 16 more to go. Given that Grinder users are only a tiny fraction of WOTF submitters, I doubt the unreported Grinder entries account for all the finalists and semifinalists. I therefore conclude there is at least one more wave to come. This impending wave will likely include all the SHMs and SFs, but will also some HMs and maybe even some Rs.

I speak from experience on this point, if you survived the first wave, it doesn't mean you are immune from a dreaded "You did not place" email.
On the other hand, the odds are now decidedly in your favor that you did place. So, eat some brownies, drink the beverage of your choice, and twitch.

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Posted : April 20, 2019 6:00 am
Aidanka
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Just finished copying notes from Dave's blog - 270 000 words (hope it's not illegal, I'll just read it and take notes). Keeping my head up. But I have a lot of work ahead.

Bare with my ignorance but isn't Wulf Moon last year's finalist? If yes, then I guess she couldn't take part in Q1 or no?

I have a question regarding these things, and if it's been answered somewhere then feel free to give me the hose again. If you get an R on a technicality, is there any way to know this? This might be completely wishful thinking, but I recently became aware of the Microsoft Word meta data it includes in the files and I opened up some past entries and found that my name was in the info under "Last Updated By".

Each time I get an R, I put my brain through a ringer trying to figure out what was wrong with my story. I study the hell out of everything David puts out, and I have (so far) about 6 of the anthologies, and I read the winning entries. I try to outdo myself each time. I think the hardest part is trying to figure out what you got wrong on the story. I feel like I'm shooting in the dark. What if what I think is wrong is not the thing that was wrong? Lastly, what if the story was actually great, but you messed up a technical issue?

Im a noob but, for what it's worth, I've gotten a lot of help from getting an experienced writer to critique my stories. I also paid a pro to look at my stuff and that was useful as well. I had some clunky things I was doing I didn't even know about like too many "to-be" verbs and repeating words. Finally, I'm signed up for a couple of writing craft workshops with pros in the sci-fi world. The Cons are a good place to look for these at reasonable prices. For example, Jodi Lynn Nye runs one at Dragoncon.

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Posted : April 20, 2019 10:15 am
Dustin Adams
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Commiser-grats all. Q1 is a beast of waiting.
Now those who haven't heard get to wait even harder!

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 6 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : April 20, 2019 10:33 am
LittleRed
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wotf003 wotf013 wotf003

Hugs and handshakes to those who've placed and didn't so far. The waiting is over for me - Semi-Finalist.
Could knock me over with a feather. This one had such a dark ending I figured it would die quietly in the shadows.

V. interested to see the crit notes.

Fingers crossed for everyone still waiting.

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

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Posted : April 20, 2019 6:39 pm
AnikeKirsten
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Congrats, LittleRed!

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Posted : April 20, 2019 6:53 pm
Dragonchef
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Woop! Woop! Little Red - you go! Nice.

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Posted : April 20, 2019 9:33 pm
Scafontaine
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That's awesome LittleRed! Congrats!

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Posted : April 20, 2019 10:33 pm
Thegirlintheglasses
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Go Little Red! That's awesome!!!!

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 21, 2019 1:25 am
LittleRed
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Thanks guys for celebrating with me! Looking forward to one of us being this quarter's winner. Smile

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

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Posted : April 21, 2019 1:56 am
TimE
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SF is a great achievement. And but for that dark ending...

Well done.

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Posted : April 21, 2019 2:13 am
vjalrik
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wotf010

Van Alrik
V33 (-- HM SHM R), V34 (SF R R HM),
V35 (HM R R R), V36 (R HM F HM),
V37 (SF HM HM HM), V38 (HM HM, Q3-Pending)
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"The Church of Raw," Thuggish Itch: Scientific, Oct. 5, 2018

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Posted : April 21, 2019 5:48 am
DoctorJest
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Could knock me over with a feather. This one had such a dark ending I figured it would die quietly in the shadows.

Congratulations! I always wondered about the darkness thing, too -- my only SHM was also the darkest story I submitted to WotF to date. I suspect that while Dave may not go for the dark ones, if you're pulling on the right strings with it, you're still in with a shout. 🙂

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : April 21, 2019 9:33 am
LittleRed
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Could knock me over with a feather. This one had such a dark ending I figured it would die quietly in the shadows.

Congratulations! I always wondered about the darkness thing, too -- my only SHM was also the darkest story I submitted to WotF to date. I suspect that while Dave may not go for the dark ones, if you're pulling on the right strings with it, you're still in with a shout. 🙂

Based on current experience I have to agree with you,though I'm guessing it still may be hard to hit the top three with dark endings

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

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Posted : April 21, 2019 9:49 am
JVAshley
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Hugs and handshakes to those who've placed and didn't so far. The waiting is over for me - Semi-Finalist.

<img src=" WooHoo! Congrats!!!

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Posted : April 21, 2019 10:18 am
LDWriter2
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Hmm, Heard about Dave's heart attack and all that. Therefore there will be delays with the results. Okay, under the circumstances I have no problem with. But did he send out some rejections before the heart attack? I remember a rejection, maybe, for quarter one. Maybe I am remembering the previous quarter's rejection but seems like there was something about One a while back.

As far as I know, there haven't been any rejections yet for this quarter.

Finally got back here. It took a week to get back onto the internet and then my habit of not coming here kicked in. I am taking care of business, online, having to do with moving, so decided I better come here.

Anyway, thanks for the response.

Working on turning Lead into Gold.
Four HMs From WotF
The latest was Q1'12
HM-quarter 4 Volume 32
One HM for another contest
published in Strange New Worlds Ten.
Another HM http://onthepremises.com/minis/mini_18.html

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Posted : April 21, 2019 11:06 am
LDWriter2
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I had asked something a while back about previous rejections but now I know the answer. A rejection-complete of course.

Working on turning Lead into Gold.
Four HMs From WotF
The latest was Q1'12
HM-quarter 4 Volume 32
One HM for another contest
published in Strange New Worlds Ten.
Another HM http://onthepremises.com/minis/mini_18.html

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Posted : April 21, 2019 11:07 am
OldDarth
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Congrats LittleRed!

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Posted : April 22, 2019 4:25 am
LittleRed
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Thanks TimE, OldDarth and everyone else I missed. Still got my eyes peeled for those lurking finalists and winners.
Bet you're hiding in here somewhere.

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

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Posted : April 22, 2019 4:27 am
KD Julicher
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Thanks TimE, OldDarth and everyone else I missed. Still got my eyes peeled for those lurking finalists and winners.
Bet you're hiding in here somewhere.

Congrats LittleRed! SF is a sign that you're teetering on the brink of making finalist. Just keep entering every quarter, and you'll get there!

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 22, 2019 4:55 am
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