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Cray Dimensional
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@wulfmoon Thank you for answering a newbie's curiosity.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : April 23, 2021 7:06 pm
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Donovan Cedars
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Very informative; thanks Wulf! 

 

Q1 will just be my second time submitting; having come in on the unusually quick Q4 judging last year, I was thinking the results always came that fast. giggle Knowing that the quarters can vary widely in timescale should prevent a good few ulcers, I'm thinking.

 

I may well have to invest in a goodly sampling of Cretors too. Cheese AND caramel? Now we're speaking my native language!

 

 

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Posted : April 23, 2021 7:54 pm
Cray Dimensional
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Results are starting. Got my first rejection.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : April 23, 2021 8:40 pm
Dragonchef
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  hm  

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Posted : April 23, 2021 8:45 pm
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vjalrik
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HM for me

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 23, 2021 8:52 pm
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dommichaels
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Also an HM.

V37 Q3 - HM, V37 Q4 - HM, V38 Q1 - HM, V38 Q2 - HM

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Posted : April 23, 2021 8:59 pm
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LibrarianBarbarian
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HM for me.

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Posted : April 23, 2021 9:07 pm
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Disgruntled Peony
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SHM for me, this quarter. I had a feeling. This was my workshop story, but it... didn't quite feel like WotF's cup of tea? It was a very personal piece and, while the speculative element is crucial, it's still light. It also features both a miscarriage and a difficult pregnancy, which doesn't seem like an easy thing to market toward Dave's target demographic of teenage boys.

But Joni dared me, so I had to try.

Posted by: @craydimensional

Results are starting. Got my first rejection.

I got an R my first time out, too--I know how that feels. Just the fact that you made the effort is awesome, though. The key is to keep writing and keep trying. grinning  

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)
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Posted : April 23, 2021 9:11 pm
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Cray Dimensional
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@disgruntledpeony thanks. I kinda knew that one wouldn’t make it in after I took the workshop. We learn and grow with time. I’m a personal believer that we learn through trying, failing, and correcting from it.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : April 23, 2021 9:17 pm
PenMark
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An R for me. I'm not surprised, but a part of me was definitely hoping for an HM. Aw, well. All the more reason to focus on my current story!

I'm excited to hear more results as they come in! If there's any popcorn left, I'll gladly take some. popcorn giggle  

V37 Q3: R
V37 Q4: SHM
V38 Q1: R
V38 Q2: SHM
V38 Q3: Submitted
V38 Q4: Submitted

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Posted : April 23, 2021 9:37 pm
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CCrawford
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SHM here!

silverhm

v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, SHM
V38: SHM, HM, ??
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Website: http://ccrawfordwriting.com. I also have a newsletter and a blog!
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Posted : April 23, 2021 9:39 pm
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DW
 DW
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Just received the status of my submission for Q1 Volume 38.  My story did not place in the contest.

I'm left feeling a bit more than confused.  Does WOTF no longer accept Urban Fantasy?

My last several entries (all Urban Fantasy) have all earned HM or SHM.  

I've started work on my next story for Q3 (another UF) and am concerned.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

4 SHM 5 HM

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Posted : April 23, 2021 9:59 pm
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jennifleck
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SHM. I knew I was kind of going "off-brand" a bit with a spec fiction piece slanted a bit more toward horror, but I wanted to get a submission in.

Attempts: 4
HM x 1
SHM x 3

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Posted : April 23, 2021 10:05 pm
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Posted by: @jennifleck

SHM. I knew I was kind of going "off-brand" a bit with a spec fiction piece slanted a bit more toward horror, but I wanted to get a submission in.

A SHM sure doesn't sound like it went terribly off-brand...

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 -nix-/-nix-/15% done
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 23, 2021 10:11 pm
DW
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@jennifleck I tend to go a bit toward darker UF. But my Q1 entry skewed more to the personal & emotional.

4 SHM 5 HM

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Posted : April 23, 2021 10:15 pm
DW
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@jennifleck  Congratulations on the SHM!

4 SHM 5 HM

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Posted : April 23, 2021 10:16 pm
Tricia Sankey
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  hm I think my story was a little experimental with multiple POV's, but hey, I'm EXCITED to get the HM and join the forum here, yay! 

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Posted : April 23, 2021 10:17 pm
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DoctorJest
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Posted by: @dwh

Just received the status of my submission for Q1 Volume 38.  My story did not place in the contest.

I'm left feeling a bit more than confused.  Does WOTF no longer accept Urban Fantasy?

My last several entries (all Urban Fantasy) have all earned HM or SHM.  

I've started work on my next story for Q3 (another UF) and am concerned.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

I can't swear to this, but I think this just means it's been given a Rejection? According to their own guidelines, all types of science-fiction, fantasy, and dark fantasy are permitted, and I don't believe Urban Fantasy is excluded from that, though perhaps Wulf or Dustin could speak to that with more confidence than I.

(Furthermore, more than one Forumite has gone from SF or F to an R on their next entry--certainly don't let that one dent your confidence for the next entry!) 

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 -nix-/-nix-/15% done
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 23, 2021 10:18 pm
DW
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@triciasankey Congratulations on your HM! 

4 SHM 5 HM

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Posted : April 23, 2021 10:19 pm
Tricia Sankey
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@dwh Thanks! I will start viewing the online writers workshop videos here. I like how everything is free here!

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Posted : April 23, 2021 10:23 pm
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DW
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@doctorjest Thank you boosting my spirits! 

 

4 SHM 5 HM

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Posted : April 23, 2021 10:24 pm
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@triciasankey I just completed the workshop about a month ago. Learned a lot. 

4 SHM 5 HM

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Posted : April 23, 2021 10:26 pm
Tricia Sankey
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@dwh I have been writing poetry and flash fiction for a while on my blog www.triciasankey.com and realize I need a little more practice with short stories. This was only my second time submitting, my first time out I got a rejection, so at least I know I have improved now which feels good.

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Posted : April 23, 2021 10:33 pm
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Wulf Moon
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Posted by: @dwh

Just received the status of my submission for Q1 Volume 38.  My story did not place in the contest.

I'm left feeling a bit more than confused.  Does WOTF no longer accept Urban Fantasy?

My last several entries (all Urban Fantasy) have all earned HM or SHM.  

I've started work on my next story for Q3 (another UF) and am concerned.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

They take all types of fantasy, including urban. This is just one quarter. You can’t win them all. Reject rejectomancy and move on to your next. It’s how we grow. There’s always another quarter, and I wish you success on your next!

 

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Posted : April 23, 2021 11:50 pm
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Posted by: @jennifleck

SHM. I knew I was kind of going "off-brand" a bit with a spec fiction piece slanted a bit more toward horror, but I wanted to get a submission in.

SHM is really high. Dave says he often gives those in the hopes he’ll see the piece again, perhaps with a fix to some problem he saw. Congratulations on this high honor!

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Posted by: @triciasankey

  hm I think my story had too many POV's from three different characters (and a quantum computer POV actually made 4) and maybe it was too big of an idea for a short story, but hey, I'm EXCITED to get the HM and join the forum here, yay! 

Welcome to the Forum, Tricia! Congratulations on your HM! It means you impressed Dave and he wanted to let you know. Cheers!

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Posted : April 24, 2021 12:04 am
Henckel
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semi

WOTF Stats
(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
(2021) V38 Q4 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – WOTF Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – WOTF Semi-finalist
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!!
(2022) To be published in Galaxy's Edge Magazine (March issue)

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Posted : April 24, 2021 12:13 am
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D.Kav
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hm

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Posted : April 24, 2021 12:24 am
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thekingsguard
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I got an honorable mention for my story... my second. Submitted a cyberpunk story last time, went sword and sorcery this time. I lovingly refer to the tone and style as "Howard/Lovecraft by way of the Shaw Brothers".

Admittedly frustrated, same story was a Baen Fantasy Adventure Award finalist last year, and I was hoping it would do better than my prior story.

I know it's something to be proud of all the same, but there's still that frustration, you know? Is that abnormal?

(2020) V37 Q2 - Honorable Mention
(2021) V38 Q1 - Honorable Mention

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Posted : April 24, 2021 12:30 am
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sleeplessinschnitzel
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hm First ever submission so I am utterly thrilled. Nice to know that someone read my story all the way through without tossing it on the heap! I struggle with intros so was worried they wouldn't get past the first page 😀 

HM, ?

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Posted : April 24, 2021 12:53 am
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