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Wulf Moon
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Posted by: @henckel

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That's a beautiful sign there, Christopher! You've collected the entire set!!! Well done!

 

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Posted : April 24, 2021 1:03 am
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Posted by: @thekingsguard

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?

Not abnormal at all. Most writers desire to see their work in print so it will be read by others. It did well with the editors at Baen. It will likely sell somewhere else. Hang in there and keep swinging! 

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Posted : April 24, 2021 1:07 am
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Posted by: @sleeplessinschnitzel

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 😀 

Congratulations to you and some others that did well on their first submissions! That you got an HM means your opening was good. You would not have gotten that honor with a poor opening. Keep up the great work! We make all these honors look easy here in the Forum. I assure you, it is not. Celebrate your victory and be sure to enter every quarter!

And your name is funny! Good one!

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NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
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Posted : April 24, 2021 1:12 am
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CeciBlack
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Well, in for a penny, in for a pound, as they say. 

This was my first attempt. At short fiction. At WotF. Not too shabby. 

hm

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v38: HM (Q1)

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Posted : April 24, 2021 2:52 am
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Cray Dimensional
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Congratulations to all the winners

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

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Posted : April 24, 2021 3:29 am
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Madeline Dau
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First time submitting, received an HM!

I'm new to short fiction and the submissions process is pretty confusing--am I able to keep submitting this story to other magazines since it wasn't chosen to print?

V38: HM, HM, ?

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Posted : April 24, 2021 4:05 am
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Dragonchef
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Posted by: @henckel

semi

Yes Yes Yes YYYYYYYEEEESSSS!

Congrats!!! clapper  

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Posted : April 24, 2021 4:47 am
Dustin Adams
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Shm for Beth and I.

I won't wet blanket others' excitement, but to say we left it all on the page, and I had hoped for a better result.

She is great, imaginative, and talented. I'd write another story with her anytime.

2x Finalist
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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 24, 2021 5:03 am
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NVHaskell
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@henckel congratulations! That's fantastic!

‘If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.’ ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
'The War Within' Deep Magic Volume 73 https://deepmagic.co
'A Straw in the Wind' in A Hero's Journey Anthology coming in 2022
V37- R, HM, SHM, HM
V38- HM, SHM, P

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Posted : April 24, 2021 5:06 am
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Disgruntled Peony
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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!

My SHM was an Urban Fantasy, as was my SF from last quarter. If you'd like, I can do a crit trade with you to give suggestions and tips (either on the story you just got back or on your current WIP when you get to the point of being willing to share). I can't make this offer as regularly as I could back before the twins, but I like to help out when I can. smiley  

I will say that, thinking back, most of my own R's were either because the prose in my opening scene was awkward (I've learned the hard way that lack of sleep can make last-minute edits go poorly) or because I had started the story in the wrong place. That isn't necessarily the case with your story--just speaking from my own experience on the matter.

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 24, 2021 5:06 am
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Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @doctorjest
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...

My SF last quarter was urban fantasy/horror. As long as there are fantasy or sci-fi elements twined with the horror, Dave is good for it. winking SHMs are only a hair away from winning, these days. The contest has grown immensely over the last few years. I've gotten SHMs on stories that are better constructed than my first Finalist was. Also, we never know what Dave is looking for to pass on to the other judges from quarter to quarter.

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 24, 2021 5:10 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @henckel

semi

Congratulations! grinning clapper  

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 24, 2021 5:12 am
Cray Dimensional
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@henckel congrats

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

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Posted : April 24, 2021 5:15 am
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Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @thekingsguard

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?

That's not abnormal at all--I totally get it. I've had poor luck getting my SFs and Fs from this contest out into the world. The thing is, every editor is looking for something different, and every editor has different preferences. If your story made Finalist at Baen, it's damn good. Be sure to keep it circulating to other markets!

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 24, 2021 5:17 am
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NVHaskell
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hm  

This piece was lighter than my usual style with a heavy emphasis on banter and not as much on world building, so I am not really surprised it didn't do better.    

Now back to revising my entry for this quarter.

‘If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.’ ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
'The War Within' Deep Magic Volume 73 https://deepmagic.co
'A Straw in the Wind' in A Hero's Journey Anthology coming in 2022
V37- R, HM, SHM, HM
V38- HM, SHM, P

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Posted : April 24, 2021 5:19 am
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Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @madeline

First time submitting, received an HM!

I'm new to short fiction and the submissions process is pretty confusing--am I able to keep submitting this story to other magazines since it wasn't chosen to print?

Yes! Absolutely. grinning If you need help on figuring out how to go through that process, feel free to PM me and I can show you the ropes.

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 24, 2021 5:19 am
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Dragonchef
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@nvhaskell. Congrats on your HM, NV. You must be thrilled.

Now we need to push higher

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Posted : April 24, 2021 5:43 am
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NVHaskell
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@dragonchef thank you!

I was hoping for better, but that sounds kind of lame and I know I should be happy considering this was only my fifth submission. I'll keep doing the work and pushing to do better. 

Fingers crossed for Q2 and Q3, right?

‘If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.’ ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
'The War Within' Deep Magic Volume 73 https://deepmagic.co
'A Straw in the Wind' in A Hero's Journey Anthology coming in 2022
V37- R, HM, SHM, HM
V38- HM, SHM, P

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Posted : April 24, 2021 5:55 am
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Dragonchef
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Posted by: @nvhaskell

@dragonchef thank you!

Congrats to you as well. Fingers crossed for Q2 and Q3, right?

Amen to that Pray  

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Posted : April 24, 2021 6:07 am
yorgolee
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Has everyone gotten their result? I’m staring at an empty inbox.

Edited to add: AND empty spam folder

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Posted : April 24, 2021 6:16 am
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Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @yorgolee

Has everyone gotten their result? I’m staring at an empty inbox.

Edited to add: AND empty spam folder

I'd recommend giving it a bit of time, but if you haven't heard anything within a week, definitely query Joni.

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 24, 2021 6:23 am
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Jenny Perry Carr
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hm

New to the forum. Been lurking the better part of a year and thought I'd finally join in the fun! 2nd HM and thrilled to be recognized. I've taken the online workshop, which was great. Hoped I would place higher this round as I had a gut feeling about this story, but perhaps I was just hungry.

 

I'm signed up for Superstars next Feb and excited to get to know many of you! Love your Secrets thread @WulfMoon. I've learned so much!

 

 

I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done. - Steven Wright
V37: -, -, R, HM
V38: HM, P
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Posted : April 24, 2021 7:10 am
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Dragonchef
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@yorgolee   That’s happened to me a few times. Joni said it might be because of the email address. Their system has troubles with some carriers. Mine was msn.com and live.com. I had to email Joni to find out my result.

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Posted : April 24, 2021 7:11 am
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idelaney
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hm

This is my second submission and my second HM. I feel like I'm treading water here. I'm taking Dave's 318-R course, and got good feedback on the first chapter of my novel, so it I feel like I'm close, but missing something. It's a 'known unknown'. Does anyone have any suggestions, other than keep writing (which I most assuredly will do) on how improve my craft?  

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Posted : April 24, 2021 7:17 am
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Dragonchef
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@jenny  Congrats on the HM, Jenny. Awesome feeling, isn’t it? Time to strive for better.

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Posted : April 24, 2021 7:22 am
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Posted by: @idelaney

hm

This is my second submission and my second HM. I feel like I'm treading water here. I'm taking Dave's 318-R course, and got good feedback on the first chapter of my novel, so it I feel like I'm close, but missing something. It's a 'known unknown'. Does anyone have any suggestions, other than keep writing (which I most assuredly will do) on how improve my craft?  

You might consider doing a story trade with writers here--some do first 500 exchanges, others exchange drafts for review. It's a great way to get some insight into your strengths and weaknesses, doubly so if your writing partner has experience and form in the contest in particular.

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 24, 2021 7:28 am
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Dragonchef
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@idelaney 

First of all, congrats on the HM.

Second...not that I am an expert at moving up in ranking; but, keep taking classes and read the anthologies. Wulf Moon’s “Secrets” are the best place for all your contest (as well as ALL writing) questions. A priceless wealth of information. You’ll find them in the forum.

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Posted : April 24, 2021 7:30 am
babooher
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For a story that I thought was going to get an R for being too much inside baseball, I got the H. Woke up to the result and more motivation for Q3. Here's to hoping one of the forum members can't submit again!

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: Waiting, Q4: WIP

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Posted : April 24, 2021 7:32 am
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Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @idelaney

hm

This is my second submission and my second HM. I feel like I'm treading water here. I'm taking Dave's 318-R course, and got good feedback on the first chapter of my novel, so it I feel like I'm close, but missing something. It's a 'known unknown'. Does anyone have any suggestions, other than keep writing (which I most assuredly will do) on how improve my craft?  

Trading critiques with other writers is generally a good way to go. If you find someone who groks your work and helps it grow, keep trading with them. Sometimes critique groups form out of bonds like that, but even if not, it's good to have a group of trusted readers.

Reading books on writing can help, although no one book is perfect for everyone. I could offer lots of recommendations, depending on what angle you're working on. For example, when it comes to working out broader story concepts as opposed to the specifics of prose, I'm a big fan of Chuck Wendig's "Damn Fine Story". But, good lord, I could go on and on.

Reading recent WotF volumes can give a good benchmark for the kinds of stories that have won in the past (although it's not a predictor of what will win in the future). Reading other short fiction magazines can help, too. (I'm a big fan of Apex, lately. They skew toward a more adult audience and therefore deal with some really difficult issues in their fiction, but that's part of what interests me. Check out "Mr. Death" on their website for a story that will probably tug your heartstrings.)

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 24, 2021 7:33 am
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RETreasure
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@idelaney

I'm happy to take a look, too, if you'd like. Swapping critiques with fellow writers is one of the best ways to grow. We can often see weaknesses in other writer's stories that we're blind to in our own, and getting outside eyes on our stories is really helpful for the same reason. Send me a PM if you'd like to swap.

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.
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