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NVHaskell
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Submitted the shortest story I've ever entered and the most whimsical one I've written. Good luck to everyone who has entered and to those of you still writing/editing!

‘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 : December 30, 2020 9:26 am
cabarrett
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I just got back a pretty harsh critique from a good friend. The funny part is, I just spent two days doubting the story and my ability to finish it (and my value as a writer...and human, but whatever). When it finally came together last night, I was thrilled. So, I looked at the issues he brought up, addressed what I could, and sent it off to another good friend. Hopefully, I'll get it back by tomorrow. In any event, the story will be submitted.

Last night I highlighted this in Deborah Chester's latest book on revising fiction: "Do not panic. Do not set fire to your story and bury the ashes in the backyard." It was comforting evidence that the doubt stage is part of many writers' creative process.

Vol36 - HM
Vol 37 - Finalist (upcoming on Podcastle), HM (published by Mysterion)
Vol38 - Q1 SHM, Q2 HM, Q4 pending...

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Posted : December 31, 2020 3:43 am
Wulf Moon
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Get those stories wrapped up and submitted! Last call for the quarter!

You can’t win if you aren’t in!

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

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“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!
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Posted : December 31, 2020 4:29 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Last night I highlighted this in Deborah Chester's latest book on revising fiction: "Do not panic. Do not set fire to your story and bury the ashes in the backyard." It was comforting evidence that the doubt stage is part of many writers' creative process.

This, it is true. wotf007

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 : December 31, 2020 6:52 am
chuckt
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I'm in. My first readers say this is their favorite story of mine. We'll see if Dave agrees.

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

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Posted : December 31, 2020 7:43 am
Valiant
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And I'm in. One of these days it would be nice to have something done a bit before the deadline ... Oh well. I'm glad that I got a new story in!

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

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Posted : December 31, 2020 8:24 am
Henckel
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I'm in. Best of luck everyone.

(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

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : December 31, 2020 9:49 am
babooher
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I'm in. Spent all day trying to address the issues from the critiques while staying true to what I wanted. Good luck everyone!

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 : December 31, 2020 11:39 am
Pezel
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I'm in, with time to spare. Ignoring the voice in my head that's telling me I should have done one more pass. Good luck to all, and Happy New Year! 2021 has got to be an improvement.

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Posted : December 31, 2020 12:06 pm
LDWriter2
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I am in too. Again I say some of my best writing I think anyway. Better than good- wotf017

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 : December 31, 2020 1:48 pm
babooher
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Glad to see you made it, LouisD!

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 : December 31, 2020 2:31 pm
IStanhope
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Submitted. I knew I was going to be cutting it close, but I didn't think it'd be that close! I'm so glad I got it in, though.

SHM x2
HM x1

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Posted : December 31, 2020 2:39 pm
Thomas Woodward
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Just submitted - good luck to everyone!

5x R
10x HM
2020 Superstars Writing Seminar scholarship award recipient
"No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure." — Ernest Hemingway

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Posted : December 31, 2020 3:47 pm
scribblesatdusk
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Submitted and can finally close out all my research tabs. Good luck to us all!

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

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Posted : December 31, 2020 3:49 pm
Wulf Moon
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I'm in, but not in here. I submitted four stories today, and I'm done before the midnight deadline! You see? Working to meet deadlines never ends. The training in here will serve you well. : )

My very best to all of you this quarter. I've seen a bunch of the stories being submitted. You guys are great writers. I wish more than three could be acknowledged each quarter, but lines have to be drawn somewhere.

Now take a few days off and go write your next! To never miss a quarter, you have to keep writing each quarter. : )

I talk about you guys in the WotF Podcast! Tune in next week. Same bat time, same bat channel!

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

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 : December 31, 2020 4:33 pm
Eagerink
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I'm in! Thanks to everyone who helped me with this one. And good luck all! Please have a Happy New Year! (please please please...)

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Posted : December 31, 2020 4:59 pm
RedKite
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Submitted for the first time ever. Feels good.
At this point I'm not even particularly concerned about placing, I just feel happy I had the balls to send it out into the universe.

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Posted : December 31, 2020 10:23 pm
HermioneLee
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I'm in Smile Huge thanks to Moon for the KYD exercises! I edited off five thousand words of my 13k monstrosity that got rejected last quarter

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Posted : January 1, 2021 12:04 am
storysinger
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I subbed a story with hours to go. Best to everyone that's in this quarter. wotf007

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 : January 1, 2021 12:26 am
PenMark
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I submitted! I don't have any expectations for this one, but it feels good to have gotten another idea on the page and met the deadline. Onward!

Submitted for the first time ever. Feels good.
At this point I'm not even particularly concerned about placing, I just feel happy I had the balls to send it out into the universe.

Hey, congratulations on your first submission! That's a great way to think of it.

Best of luck to everyone!

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

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Posted : January 1, 2021 4:55 am
Wulf Moon
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I'm in Smile Huge thanks to Moon for the KYD exercises! I edited off five thousand words of my 13k monstrosity that got rejected last quarter

Good for you! That’s the secret power of training in KYD. You can apply the skill to your larger works and trim the fat. Well done and much success, Hemoine!

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 : January 1, 2021 5:33 am
Agathon
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This year has been the best and the worst. It started looking routine, then came the lockdown. I "Worked From Home" with no responsibilities every other week for six weeks. I wrote three stories and for the first time started submitting to various markets. My very first submission, which was for non-professional pay was accepted. All three of my submissions to The Contest received HM's. By the end of summer the party was over. I was sent home for two weeks because most of the USA Pacific Northwest was in flames. It was so thick here that management didn't want the entry doors opening and closing, letting unfiltered smoke into the buildings. I didn't write anything. I've been lonely for too long, it's affected my creativity. I swore I'd never submit a rewrite to The Contest but the best I could do this time is tack a new and hopefully better ending onto my Q3 entry. So I'm in Q1 V38. I have ideas for Q2, we'll see how that goes. To all who read this, may 2021 be a bumper year!

Agathon McGeachy
Figure Sculptor, Mechanical Designer, Reformed Rakehell, Writer
Vol 37, Q2: HM
Vol 37, Q3: HM
Vol 37, Q4: HM
Vol 38, Q1: R
Vol 38, Q2: the waiting is the hardest part
Now in print: NIWA 2020 Anthology 'Escape' available on Amazon
Coming soon: NIWA 2021 Anthology 'Forbidden'

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Posted : January 1, 2021 7:59 am
Disgruntled Peony
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This year has been the best and the worst. It started looking routine, then came the lockdown. I "Worked From Home" with no responsibilities every other week for six weeks. I wrote three stories and for the first time started submitting to various markets. My very first submission, which was for non-professional pay was accepted. All three of my submissions to The Contest received HM's. By the end of summer the party was over. I was sent home for two weeks because most of the USA Pacific Northwest was in flames. It was so thick here that management didn't want the entry doors opening and closing, letting unfiltered smoke into the buildings. I didn't write anything. I've been lonely for too long, it's affected my creativity. I swore I'd never submit a rewrite to The Contest but the best I could do this time is tack a new and hopefully better ending onto my Q3 entry. So I'm in Q1 V38. I have ideas for Q2, we'll see how that goes. To all who read this, may 2021 be a bumper year!

I'm sorry things have been so hard. (Believe me, I've felt it too--just in different ways. Twin toddlers and no babysitters with the exception of a few careful months in the summer... boy oh boy, it's been hard to find time to myself.)

For the record, there's nothing wrong with submitting rewrites. I know some people who won with fresh stories, but I know other people who won after revising stories they'd previously submitted. As long as you're entering, you've got a chance. wotf007 I hope things go better for you in the year to come!

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 : January 1, 2021 8:26 am
Agathon
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wotf007 I hope things go better for you in the year to come!

I appreciate the kind words.

My goal is to improve as a writer. My gut says that reworking old stories is the slower path to mastery. This is one market where there's no slush pile. Once a story is submitted it will be read and ranked. Plus if it gets a mention of some sort, that can go in the cover letter when submitting elsewhere which might get it read, an important consideration for a 64 year old rookie like me. I take comfort in the fact that the ending is a complete departure from the original. We'll see.

Agathon McGeachy
Figure Sculptor, Mechanical Designer, Reformed Rakehell, Writer
Vol 37, Q2: HM
Vol 37, Q3: HM
Vol 37, Q4: HM
Vol 38, Q1: R
Vol 38, Q2: the waiting is the hardest part
Now in print: NIWA 2020 Anthology 'Escape' available on Amazon
Coming soon: NIWA 2021 Anthology 'Forbidden'

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Posted : January 1, 2021 8:47 am
MrH
 MrH
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From what I've read, if they read it through completely, it's typically at least a HM.

So, if you didn't get a placing, it may not be the end that's the issue, because they probably never got that far.

I may have read wrong, I'm sure someone will confirm or not.

I recommend reading others stories. There is the crit exchange boards here. If you only read published works, you won't find too much wrong with them. Reading stories like people are submitting here allow you to see errors and issues. This lets you put into practice things you have learnt, while helping others. I have definitely seen progression in my own skills through reading the work of others. Harsh as I may come across in critiques, it's good for both parties. I recommend it.

Good luck all, as if luck has anything to do with it. Submitting is the first step.

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Posted : January 1, 2021 9:49 am
RabenWrites
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After some light edits and touch ups (thank you, reviewers) I eleventh-hour submitted last quarter’s SHM. I don’t feel like I got it to publishable quality, but perhaps elevated it enough to get personalized feedback?

Either way, better than nothing, I hope.

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Posted : January 1, 2021 10:03 am
Agathon
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From what I've read, if they read it through completely, it's typically at least a HM.

So, if you didn't get a placing, it may not be the end that's the issue, because they probably never got that far.

Mr H, I appreciate that you're trying to help me.

The story in question was an HM in Q2. I rewrote the ending after reading a short story by David Farland. My story was originally pretty upbeat but David's was a straight tragedy. Hopefully my new ending is more emotionally engaging.

In the last five years I've spent a lot of my free time in critique groups, taking adult ed classes, reading published stories in magazines, and studying books like How to Write Short Fiction by Damon Knight.

I'm committed to the idea of submitting something new every quarter. That's only four stories a year, an extremely modest goal. The current situation has been hard to deal with emotionally and my creativity has suffered. Hopefully I'll figure out a way to get back to my usual volume of 'words in a row' soon. My unexpressed story ideas are rioting.

Agathon McGeachy
Figure Sculptor, Mechanical Designer, Reformed Rakehell, Writer
Vol 37, Q2: HM
Vol 37, Q3: HM
Vol 37, Q4: HM
Vol 38, Q1: R
Vol 38, Q2: the waiting is the hardest part
Now in print: NIWA 2020 Anthology 'Escape' available on Amazon
Coming soon: NIWA 2021 Anthology 'Forbidden'

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Posted : January 1, 2021 10:35 am
HermioneLee
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Good for you! That’s the secret power of training in KYD. You can apply the skill to your larger works and trim the fat. Well done and much success, Hemoine!

Thanks wotf007
Hoping to break that darn streak of rejections...

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Posted : January 1, 2021 2:19 pm
LDWriter2
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Posts: 1267

Glad to see you made it, LouisD!

Thank you. Even though I was offline for this forum I did enter the last two quarters. Plus a large number before them. At least I got a compliment by one of the critiquers this time.

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 : January 1, 2021 4:08 pm
Dustin Adams
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Agathon,

I am now following you on Amazon (does that make me a stalker?).

Here's the link for folks to check out your antho:
https://www.amazon.com/Escape-collectio ... 08N1RXP72/

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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