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DoctorJest
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Posted by: @thegirlintheglasses

Guys!!!! I’ve been around for 4 years. I haven’t missed a quarter for 16 straight entries and I am beyond thrilled that I finally get to use this button...

winner  

Joni told me my story took second place! 
I can hardly believe it.

Congratulations to the other finalists! This has been one crazy ride! 

 

AWESOME! grinning   Seriously, I'm totally delighted that one of us made the final three--many, many congratulations!

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 / Q4.V38 currently in crit/revision stage
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 : May 1, 2021 9:16 pm
PenMark
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Congratulations, @thegirlintheglasses! That's amazing!   clapper clapper  

And, of course, much respect to all of the finalists. The hard work you've all put in and the wonderful attitudes on display here are an inspiration.   salute  

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

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Posted : May 1, 2021 9:54 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @thegirlintheglasses

Guys!!!! I’ve been around for 4 years. I haven’t missed a quarter for 16 straight entries and I am beyond thrilled that I finally get to use this button...

winner  

Joni told me my story took second place! 
I can hardly believe it.

Congratulations to the other finalists! This has been one crazy ride! 

 

AWESOME JOB, BRITTANY! toast Congratulations! I'm ridiculously happy for you. 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)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : May 1, 2021 10:56 pm
JAbecker
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Hey all, so happy to post here and use this button!

winner

Got the call and the confirmation by Joni, 3rd place. So happy and stunned I can't believe it.

I started with WOTF in 2013 and have been writing and being rejected ever since.

Congrats to the other finalists!

bananarama

Keep on keeping on, it's the only way.

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Posted : May 2, 2021 12:03 am
Valiant
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@thegirlintheglasses

Congratulations! Good to see someone from the forum got onto the podium in the end!

37-2: R 37-3: HM 37-4: HM
38-1: F 38-2: --

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Posted : May 2, 2021 1:11 am
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@valiant Hard luck. Nearly there.

@thegirlintheglasses - Congratulations, it was only a matter of time before you won.

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Posted : May 2, 2021 1:33 am
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Valiant
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@jabecker

Awesome! Congratulations!

Out of interest, when you say rejected, do you include HMs and such in that?

37-2: R 37-3: HM 37-4: HM
38-1: F 38-2: --

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Posted : May 2, 2021 1:39 am
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AliciaCay
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@thegirlintheglasses

YAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!  clapper clapper clapper  

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, Finalist, HM, SHM
V38: SF, tbd
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Posted : May 2, 2021 3:36 am
AliciaCay
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@jabecker

Yay!! What awesome news for you both! clapper clapper clapper  

 

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, Finalist, HM, SHM
V38: SF, tbd
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : May 2, 2021 3:46 am
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AliciaCay
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Posted by: @crlisle

@aliciacay That is fantastic! Congratulations! You get an edit by David Farland. So Jealous!!

clapper

@crlisle

Thank you! It'll be my first time getting feedback from the main man himself -- ahh!! LOL  grinning   

 

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, Finalist, HM, SHM
V38: SF, tbd
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : May 2, 2021 3:56 am
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Cray Dimensional
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Posted by: @jabecker

Hey all, so happy to post here and use this button!

winner

Got the call and the confirmation by Joni, 3rd place. So happy and stunned I can't believe it.

I started with WOTF in 2013 and have been writing and being rejected ever since.

Congrats to the other finalists!

bananarama

Keep on keeping on, it's the only way.

Whoop whoop 🙌 another win

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

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Posted : May 2, 2021 4:06 am
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AliciaCay
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In case it's of interest ... my Q1 story had been entered into this contest 3 times.

The first time was: Sept 2017, and garnered me an Honorable Mention

The second time was: June 2019, and garnered me a Silver Honorable Mention

The third time was: Dec 2020, and garnered me a Semi-Finalist

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each time I submitted it, the story had been reworked with significant changes. 

I believed in the story and so I took the time to send it to my writing/critique groups and listened to the feedback, and also took some time in between the different versions (there are actually 5 versions of this story) to let it rest and for me to come back to it with fresh eyes.

My finalist story from Q2 of last year was also a (very heavily) re-written story. The first version of it was my second ever submission to this contest, in 2015, and got me an Honorable Mention back then.
Many years of writing new stories, and studying, and learning craft, and writing groups, etc., and I fixed it up all pretty and sent it back in and got my very first Finalist certificate.

Both of these stories, the Finalist and the Semi-Finalist, are no longer eligible to be entered in the contest (only Finalist stories and Semi-Finalists are not longer able to entered, all Silvers and HMs are), and so alas, I must move on to other stories.

There is absolutely merit in writing fresh each time, I just wanted to share this perspective, to say it is absolutely okay to continue to work on and send in those stories we love. Both of my re-written ones were special to me. My writing ring calls them 'heart stories'. ♥

~A.

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, Finalist, HM, SHM
V38: SF, tbd
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : May 2, 2021 4:24 am
Cray Dimensional
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@aliciacay I have a couple of these already

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

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Posted : May 2, 2021 5:34 am
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Scott_M_Sands
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A rejection for me this Q. Honestly - I'm not surprised. After a critique, I became aware that my manuscript formatting was NOT up to scratch (despite my checking several websites a number of times). Sadly, my Q1 was already sent in. Can I encourage any new forum users/new folk entering the contest:

 

Get someone else - someone who writes more professionally than you - to check your formatting.

(It's even the very first 'Super Secret'  winking )

 

Here's to Q2 that was submitted with correct manuscript formatting!

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : May 2, 2021 5:55 am
storysinger
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Well done Brittany. Does this mean you will have a story in two anthologies in a row? Has that ever been done before?

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 : May 2, 2021 7:10 am
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Dustin Adams
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@storysinger

Indeed, two quarters in a row.

Eric James Stone did it. He punched two tickets to Hollywood before stepping foot on the first plane.

Now Brittany has also done it. Personally, I couldn't imagine anything cooler.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : May 2, 2021 7:15 am
Thegirlintheglasses
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@axeminister

Yes he did! Volume 20 and 21!

And there’s one more, Dustin! I found out this morning Ron Collins did it too for Volumes 14 and 15. 

So it has been done before! Twice that I can find. Just doesn’t happen very often. I am absolutely astounded. 

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 : May 2, 2021 8:39 am
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Thegirlintheglasses
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@jabecker

Gahhhh!!! Congratulations! I can’t wait to meet you this spring!

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 : May 2, 2021 8:48 am
Reuben
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Congratulations, @jabecker!!!!

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm ~ Winston Churchill
V37: R, R, R, HM
V38: SHM

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Posted : May 2, 2021 10:44 am
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Preston Dennett
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Ah, I finally am able to get back in the forum! Just want to congratulate everyone here. Especially our two winners, J.A. Becker and Brittany Rainsdon. How awesome for you guys. So happy for you. I'm really looking forward to reading your stories! I've got every WOTF volume so far. I really miss entering this contest and especially those magic Thursdays when results come out. Keep entering guys. Never forget. You can win. It only took me 47 tries, ha!

Preston Dennett
HM x 12
F x 1
Winner, 2nd place, Q1, Volume 35
39 stories published! (and counting!)

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Posted : May 2, 2021 12:00 pm
CCrawford
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Posted by: @jabecker

Hey all, so happy to post here and use this button!

winner

Got the call and the confirmation by Joni, 3rd place. So happy and stunned I can't believe it.

I started with WOTF in 2013 and have been writing and being rejected ever since.

Congrats to the other finalists!

bananarama

Keep on keeping on, it's the only way.

Congrats!!!!

v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, SHM
V38: SHM, HM, ??
Indie author of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth), and the in-progress Leyward Stones series--including my serial, Macchiatos, Faerie Princes, and Other Things That Happen at Midnight, currently available on the new Kindle Vella platform. The Vella story is also available through my Patreon, along with side stories, behind the scenes content, and in-progress drafts of other books from my Leyward Stones world.
Website: http://ccrawfordwriting.com. I also have a newsletter and a blog!
Upcoming short story publication in DreamForge Anvil, sometime in 2021!

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Posted : May 2, 2021 2:13 pm
Wulf Moon
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First Place Yes GIF

LO AND BEHOLD, WE HAVE TWO, COUNT THEM, TWO WINNERS FROM THE WRITERS OF THE FUTURE FORUM IN Q1, VOLUME 38!

BRITTANY PERRY RAINSDON, AKA Thegirlintheglasses!

And JABecker!

Thanks for starting the first quarter of the Contest year out with our winners' average for each year! And we still have three quarters to go! What a great way to kick off the start of our new Forum!

BESIDES PURE AWESOMENESS, THIS IS WHAT WE WORK AS A WRITERS' GROUP TO ACHIEVE!!!

SEE YOU BOTH AT THE WORKSHOP, AND ON THAT GORGEOUS STAGE IN HOLLYWOOD NEXT YEAR!

CONGRATULATIONS!

WULF MOON

 

4Th Of July America GIF

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NEW! Don't miss "Shaken, Not Stirred" & "Behind the Scenes" & "Nail Your Opening" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
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Posted : May 2, 2021 2:40 pm
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HermioneLee
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@thegirlintheglasses
YAS! You did it! Congratulations 🎊🎉 sunny woohoo  

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Posted : May 2, 2021 5:52 pm
scribblesatdusk
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Huge huge huge huge congratulations to you both! My heart feels so warm for the both of you and I didn't even do well this quarter. No wonder this was voted best forum.

V36:Q3 HM
V37: Q3 R, Q4 SHM
V38: R,HM, ?

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Posted : May 2, 2021 7:02 pm
Preston Dennett
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Posted by: @thegirlintheglasses

Guys!!!! I’ve been around for 4 years. I haven’t missed a quarter for 16 straight entries and I am beyond thrilled that I finally get to use this button...

winner  

Joni told me my story took second place! 
I can hardly believe it.

Congratulations to the other finalists! This has been one crazy ride! 

 

I assure you, Brittany, the ride has only begun! 

Preston Dennett
HM x 12
F x 1
Winner, 2nd place, Q1, Volume 35
39 stories published! (and counting!)

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Posted : May 2, 2021 7:24 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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@jabecker Congratulations! grinning clapper clapper clapper clapper 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 : May 2, 2021 7:29 pm
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Holy crap, I'm late to the party, but TWO forum winners!!! Congratulations, you guys!!!! 

And well done on the results, everyone - it seems to me like the trend of results has gotten better and better on the forum every quarter!

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
Stories in Apocalyptic, Cossmass Infinities, and Podcastle

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Posted : May 3, 2021 6:59 am
yorgolee
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Congratulations to the winners! I'm so glad I found this forum when I did. It's been amazing to see such dedicated work rewarded so visibly!

I just wanted to give an update on my entry since a number of you were kind enough to commiserate and offer advice when I didn't hear about its status right away. I got in touch with Joni once it was clear that winners had been decided. She found my entry. It had slipped between the cracks during the course of a systems change. In the end it received an honorable mention which I am satisfied with. I expected it to be a polarizing story, it's long and reaches for a humorous tone which is always risky. It's a narrow and shifting margin of error when anyone tries to be funny. But I feel that by receiving an honorable mention I can consider that it is at least comprehensible and built fairly well. Beyond that, I have confidence in it and think it does what I am trying to accomplish with it. I think that when it finds its correct audience it will connect.

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Posted : May 3, 2021 7:17 am
Pat Ezell
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Congratulations to Brittany and JA Becker! Can't wait to read your stories in #38. It is so inspiring to hear about your individual journeys to this moment. Entering the contest since 2013? Entering every quarter for years? Wow. I am doffing my stovepipe hat to both of you right now and getting some weird looks from the students in the library for doing so. Wait. Could the side-eye glances be because of the hat?

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Posted : May 3, 2021 9:11 am
babooher
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Posted by: @patezell

Could it be because of the hat?

Why would it be the hat?

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 : May 3, 2021 9:16 am
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