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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: WAITING, Q3: WIP

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Posted : May 3, 2021 9:16 am
Pat Ezell
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Posted by: @aliciacay

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'. ♥

It's the help I've gotten from critiquing and getting feedback that's helped those stories grow. So, if anyone wants or needs fresh eyes on your Q3 submission, I'm happy to try and help with your first 5,000 words or so. PM me and we'll chat.

~A.

Alicia, thank you so much for sharing the progression of your Q1 story. It is encouraging to know that the stories we just can't abandon do have the potential to evolve - provided we take the time to gain some objectivity and then put in the work to make it grow. 

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Posted : May 3, 2021 9:34 am
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Posted by: @aliciacay

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'. ♥

It's the help I've gotten from critiquing and getting feedback that's helped those stories grow. So, if anyone wants or needs fresh eyes on your Q3 submission, I'm happy to try and help with your first 5,000 words or so. PM me and we'll chat.

~A.

I totally believe in this approach too. Of my entries to date, including the pending Q2, eleven were new to the contest (some revisions or rewrites of older pieces, others brand new and written for the contest), while two were revisions (with no result change for either of them--one went HM to HM with significant revisions, the other SHM to SHM with only polish and minor improvements. At least it's consistent.)

I've just pegged on the story I think I want to write for my Q3, but I also have two other pieces that I have simmering for rewrites and resubmissions here. Neither would go in again without significant alterations, but I also keep trying my luck with other markets--so the availability of those stories will likely play out in my decision. Either way, I'll write the Q3 story, as I'm becoming increasingly fond of it as the day goes on.

The one area where I'm different is that I tend to be a very insular writer. I obey my instincts more than my rules, and I submit a lot of my entries (80%+) without them ever being proof-read by another person. It hasn't exactly failed for me, but whenever I've solicited feedback, I've been happy with it--so I think it's more habit than design at this stage. Also, because I do follow my gut more than any sense of exactly what makes a good story, I tend to question just how good my feedback for other people's stories might be--which often makes me hesitant to do exchanges.  

Definitely something I could improve on, right there.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 3 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q2.V38 / Working on Q3.V38
Revised first SHM ('Ashwright') in On Spec #107 (audio version forthcoming at PodCastle)
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : May 3, 2021 11:19 am
RusticBohemian
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What does R mean in terms of the contest results?

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Posted : May 4, 2021 8:53 am
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Posted by: @rusticbohemian

What does R mean in terms of the contest results?

Really, really good. giggle

 

Nah, it's rejection.

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Posted : May 4, 2021 9:02 am
Preston Dennett
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Results for Quarter One are now on the blog. Wow, what a list! And so many forum members! Like 100 silvers. More than 350 HMs. Biggest list ever, I think. Congratulations, guys!

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-1st-quarter-winners-announced-for-volume-38/

bananarama bananarama bananarama  

Preston Dennett
HM x 12
F x 1
Winner, 2nd place, Q1, Volume 35

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Posted : May 5, 2021 4:25 am
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Dustin Adams
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Remember when Q1 was the slow quarter? Ha!

Original post updated.

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

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Topic starter Posted : May 5, 2021 6:34 am
storysinger
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A couple months ago I got the idea to reread recent WOTF anthologies. I started with v30 and read it cover to cover. I then wrote a fresh story with a near future setting. It's a lot easier writing in a world that's growing around us on a daily basis. Another trick I've started doing a lot is virtually living the life of the MC.

I bought a digital recorder and a copy of On Being a Dictator by KJ Anderson and Martin Shoemaker with the intention of learning to write while walking or driving. It's not as easy to do as I thought it would be, but its a new approach for me. 

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HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1

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Posted : May 5, 2021 8:48 am
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Posted by: @storysinger

learning to write while walking or driving. It's not as easy to do as I thought it would be

Last week, I was working with my class on a template for a thesis statement for a particular type of essay. When I tried to verbally do it, it was terrible. When I just wrote it on the board, the sentence became so much better. There is something about composing by hand versus by mouth.

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

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Posted : May 5, 2021 9:27 am
Ron Carnell
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I never received an email for Q1 and was just thinking about writing to Joni when I saw the blog post for the winners. It was nice to see my name in the Silver column. If nothing else, it saved me that email to Joni. Smile

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Posted : May 5, 2021 12:46 pm
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Probably an old question, but are the results within each section ordered in any way?

E.g. Is being at the top of the honourable mentions list a sign that you're getting closer to silver or is the order random?

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Posted : May 5, 2021 2:33 pm
Ron Carnell
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@fran Just an observation, Fran, but the lists for HM and SHM appear to be alphabetical by last name?

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Posted : May 5, 2021 2:54 pm
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Wulf Moon
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Posted by: @rcarnell

I never received an email for Q1 and was just thinking about writing to Joni when I saw the blog post for the winners. It was nice to see my name in the Silver column. If nothing else, it saved me that email to Joni. Smile

Great job, rcarnell! A Silver HM often means Dave would like to see it again, perhaps with a fix, perhaps not. Sometimes he just has too many of one type of story, and in a different Q, he would not have. Sorry it got lost in the cracks--they have thousands of entries each quarter, and no system is perfect, as any programmer will tell you. Smile

And frame that certificate! That's a big deal!

All the best,

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Posted : May 5, 2021 5:18 pm
Ron Carnell
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@wulfmoon Thanks, Wulf. I'll keep that in mind. Truth be told, I already decided the ending was a little weak. Needs more foreshadowing and stronger emotional ties. However, I've already written Q3 and doubt I'll abandon one I'm still excited about for an older one where the excitement has already waned. Maybe Q4?

I certainly appreciate the encouragement, though. Smile

Ron

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Posted : May 5, 2021 6:28 pm
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Posted by: @rcarnell

@wulfmoon Thanks, Wulf. I'll keep that in mind. Truth be told, I already decided the ending was a little weak. Needs more foreshadowing and stronger emotional ties. However, I've already written Q3 and doubt I'll abandon one I'm still excited about for an older one where the excitement has already waned. Maybe Q4?

I certainly appreciate the encouragement, though. Smile

Ron

Well, Ron, in case you haven't noticed, I'll always say the best story isn't the one you've written, it's the one you're about to write. Glad to see you've already written another. This is the way.

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Posted : May 5, 2021 11:43 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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@fran Results are always alphabetical by last name in each category. smiley No specific ranking aside from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, but I'd argue that's for the best.

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, ?, ?
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Posted : May 6, 2021 6:50 am
Dustin Adams
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Although... I am dubious how someone named Linda got ahead of me.

That top spot shall be mine, or I will go with the more traditional Aadams.

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

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Topic starter Posted : May 6, 2021 8:44 am
storysinger
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Congrats Ron on the SHM. Your next story will probably place higher, best of fortune to you.

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 6, 2021 10:46 am
Ron Carnell
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Thanks, @storysinger, I hope you're right. My Q2 entry has been in for some time. Honestly, I was far more pleased with Q2 than ever I was with Q1; it remains to be seen whether anyone else agrees with that, of course.

Much appreciated. Smile

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