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JVAshley
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Congrats, Dr. Jest & Dosmax!
It looks like the WotF gods or demons were awaiting Writergirl's Q4 Submission before letting the bottom fall out.

HM for me. wotf017
Two more quarters to go for this year, but I fear that one was my best bet.

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : July 22, 2019 1:49 pm
Retropianoplayer
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Congratulations to all the winners!

From what I've read in Volume 34 by Dave Farland, if anyone here obtained a Silver Honorable Mention, it means their story is deemed publishable.
Which means they could take their story and begin submitting it out to the magazines.

I believe the delay in Q2 (but I won't swear on a bible to this belief) is the sheer number of applicants is off-the-wall crazy. I won't etch it into stone, but my guess is 8,000 worldwide. In Volume 34, Dave had mentioned he reads about 4,000. I can only assume the number's gone up considerably.

And that's all the more reason to give triple kudos to all those who placed in the contest, and kudos to those that tried but didn't.

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Posted : July 22, 2019 2:08 pm
hannahAZOK
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Congrats everyone who placed!! (And those who will place but have yet to post...)

It's a rejection for me, though I'm not surprised. Realized a little too late that I left multiple comments with my name on my manuscript. Derp. wotf004 Now I'm left to ruminate whether or not that was the only reason it was rejected...

Hannah Azok
HM x1
SF x1
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"Believe in the me that believes in you!" -the immortal words of Kamina, Gurren Lagann

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Posted : July 22, 2019 2:18 pm
Wulf Moon
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Well, I'm really happy you all didn't have to wait any longer. Congrats to all that entered! For those just starting out, that takes courage. After that first bit, it takes determination. And as the results go up and down every quarter you enter, it takes courage AND determination. Fall back on your faith in who you are and why you do this. You are a writer. Getting to the level of professionally published writer, and then to pro writer? Those are just more tiers on the path. Be assured, you are in the best place you can be to level up to another tier.

Congrats also to all those getting notice of honors (and those that have in the past!). It is no small thing to be told by David Farland you are doing the right things in your writing. And that's what he's saying with those certificates. You did good things that moved him to make sure you got commendation so you'd keep at it and not give up. And for those that received Silvers? I count Dr. Jest, Dos Max, and Benjamin Tyler Smith so far. Those mean you were in Dave's keeper stack of about thirty or so. He could only choose eight out of that stack to send on to the panel of judges for the quarter. It means you were VERY close. Top 30 out of somewhere around 2000 entries from around the world in a quarter is stellar. So don't quit now! Q4 is still up for grabs, and SOMEBODY is going to win it.When you're hitting that close to the bullseye, I can say from experience it's just a matter of time. Or you pro out, and that's a very good thing to have happen as well.

Keep the faith. Keep pushing your abilities. Keep learning. Keep writing fresh stories.

I wish you all the very best! Cheers!

Wulf Moon

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Posted : July 22, 2019 2:27 pm
Wulf Moon
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Oh, and be sure to send these stories that came back from Q2 out to respectable markets. Do it tomorrow! All of you! Even those that didn't get a certificate. Figure out what you wrote, then figure out what markets publish the kind of thing you wrote. Send it to those that pay the best, surely. But don't overlook the fact that some that don't pay *quite* the best may be a better fit, or may be running a limited time theme that is seeking EXACTLY what you just wrote. THAT market will be your best bet for a sale. Trust me on this. Get on the Submission Grinder and do a market search and SEND YOUR STORY OUT AND FOGET ABOUD IT!

And then go write your next. Put everything into your Q4. If you don't, someone else will. And if they've got skills, they'll be going to the awards ceremony next year. If it could be you, if it should be you, then do your very best to make sure you've got the best shot at it being you.

I leave you with this, and it's from one of the Star Wars movies, spoken by Qui-Gon Jinn. For years I had it taped to my monitor. If you think it would help, tape it to yours.

YOUR FOCUS DETERMINES YOUR REALITY.

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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 : July 22, 2019 2:45 pm
mrtevebaugh
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Got a second HM in a row! Congrats to everybody. Back to work on Q4...

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Posted : July 22, 2019 2:57 pm
Beth Powers
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I got a rejection

Beth Powers
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Silver HM x 2
HM x 15
Entries x 55
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Collected Stories: Sorcery & Widgets

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Posted : July 22, 2019 3:56 pm
Peter_Glen
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R for me too.

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Posted : July 22, 2019 4:00 pm
vjalrik
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HM for me. Finally out of my R rut! Congrats everyone - onward and upward. wotf009

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)
Latest sold story (10 total):
"The Church of Raw," Thuggish Itch: Scientific, Oct. 5, 2018

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Posted : July 22, 2019 4:09 pm
Scafontaine
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HM here.

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Posted : July 22, 2019 5:14 pm
TimE
 TimE
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R Here.

Going back to Crime writing.

Congrats to people who have done well in the comp.

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Posted : July 22, 2019 7:29 pm
Obi-Wan Nobody
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Now that I received my rejection, I can publicly confess. I started my story with my protagonist waking up. It may not have been good enough otherwise but that didn't help.

Same here, my MC is proudly waking up quite at the beginning. First-round for me, first rejection, meaning that from this point I can go only up. wotf004

Congrats for those receiving HM or better results. My sympathy for rejected authors, I am sure they'll get better news in the next rounds.

36: Ø, R, Ø, R.
37: HM, R, R, R.
38: R, ?

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Posted : July 22, 2019 7:30 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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R Here.

Going back to Crime writing.

Congrats to people who have done well in the comp.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you're still writing, but it's important to note that getting an R means the story isn't right for the contest. Doesn't necessarily mean the story is bad. (Granted, it might well mean the story needs improvement, but there's nothing wrong with trunking a story for awhile and coming back to it later with fresh eyes.)

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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Topic starter Posted : July 22, 2019 10:36 pm
TimE
 TimE
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R Here.

Going back to Crime writing.

Congrats to people who have done well in the comp.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you're still writing, but it's important to note that getting an R means the story isn't right for the contest. Doesn't necessarily mean the story is bad. (Granted, it might well mean the story needs improvement, but there's nothing wrong with trunking a story for awhile and coming back to it later with fresh eyes.)

Thanks, DP.
I've had positive feedback from a few agents for crime novel submissions and too many R's in here to think I have a chance.

You're getting mainly above R - so keep going. I'm sure you'll make it.

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Posted : July 22, 2019 10:57 pm
chuckt
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Congrats to all who got honors! There is a heavy percentage of forumites getting them!

I've only noticed one person who hasn't checked in-but it's early still.

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

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Posted : July 23, 2019 12:07 am
Jamesblakey
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HM for me.

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Posted : July 23, 2019 1:03 am
amoskalik
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HM for me. I always have mixed feelings about HMs. I've yet to sell one, but I have had a lot of success with my Rs.

Congrats to everyone who entered and especially those who placed and specially especially to those who are suspiciously quiet.

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Posted : July 23, 2019 1:21 am
Galen
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So last evening was a Thursday, was it?

Congratulations to all ! ! !

Including those who are still going forward. (This does not include me. I'll take my HM and run.)

To those who got an "R" this time around, rest assured everyone here knows something of the blood and sweat that went into your efforts.

Finalist x1
Semi x1
SHM x3
HM x7
R - lots!

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Posted : July 23, 2019 1:27 am
LittleRed
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Thought my humorous piece for this quarter might be a total fail, so I was pleasantly surprised with an HM. wotf008

Even better, I immediately sent it out to a comic fantasy anthology I've had my eye on for a while and got an acceptance today. Yahooey!

Congrats to those who already placed and fingers crossed for all of you still in the races to win. wotf013

If this world holds no wonder, it is no place for me.

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Posted : July 23, 2019 2:24 am
chuckt
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I immediately sent it out to a comic fantasy anthology I've had my eye on for a while and got an acceptance today. Yahooey!

wotf013

Wow! Fabulous. Congrats.

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

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Posted : July 23, 2019 2:33 am
empressed
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Posts: 125

Argh. Posted without realizing i was logged out! Rejected again. Frustrating because it's a much improved rewrite of the HM. I plan on subbing it elsewhere, but I'd really appreciate a critique first if anyone's willing to swap? Want to make sure it's as good as it can be. Thanks!

And yes, I've already got my 4th Q entry lined up. wotf007

Victoria Dixon
Author of Mourn Their Courage
a 2010 Sandy Writing Contest Finalist
A Tribble Ate My Lunch: a Star Trek Cookbook (unpublished)
R=22
HM= 6
SHM=1
Finalist=1

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Posted : July 23, 2019 3:00 am
KD Julicher
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HM. I had higher hopes for this. Congrats to all who got honors!

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

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Posted : July 23, 2019 3:03 am
Disgruntled Peony
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R Here.

Going back to Crime writing.

Congrats to people who have done well in the comp.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you're still writing, but it's important to note that getting an R means the story isn't right for the contest. Doesn't necessarily mean the story is bad. (Granted, it might well mean the story needs improvement, but there's nothing wrong with trunking a story for awhile and coming back to it later with fresh eyes.)

Thanks, DP.
I've had positive feedback from a few agents for crime novel submissions and too many R's in here to think I have a chance.

You're getting mainly above R - so keep going. I'm sure you'll make it.

Do you send your sf/f stories anywhere else, or just here? Of the two stories I've sold, one never even made it here (I wrote it specifically for one of Flame Tree Press's calls for fantasy, and they bought it), and the other was an admittedly much-trimmed version of an R. My finalist has gotten a few personals, but nobody seems to want it. Every market has different readers/editors, and therefore different perspectives. I would honestly recommend that you send some of your stories to other markets and see how they do, if you haven't already. Don't just cast one fishing line and sit in one spot--use a net, and cast it wide.

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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Topic starter Posted : July 23, 2019 3:05 am
mikewyantjr
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wotf057

Excuse me while I go jump up and down and squee

WotF Results:

R:6
HM:12
sHM:0
SF:1
F:0
Last: HM, Q1 v38

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Posted : July 23, 2019 1:40 pm
RETreasure
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wotf057

Excuse me while I go jump up and down and squee

CONGRATULATIONS!

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.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : July 23, 2019 2:36 pm
czing
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wotf057

Excuse me while I go jump up and down and squee

Well done. I hope you enjoy your jumping and your squees!

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 -SHM; Q3 - P

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Posted : July 23, 2019 2:46 pm
mikewyantjr
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Posts: 177

wotf057

Excuse me while I go jump up and down and squee

CONGRATULATIONS!

THANKS!

WotF Results:

R:6
HM:12
sHM:0
SF:1
F:0
Last: HM, Q1 v38

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Posted : July 23, 2019 2:51 pm
WriterGirl0426
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Silver HM.

YAY! Congratulations!!! wotf010
Silver HM is awesome. I had no idea HOW awesome until recently. You should be PROUD!!!

Tracy

V34 Q3: R
V34 Q4: R
V35 Q1: R
V36 Q1: SHM
V36 Q2: SEMI-FINALIST!!!
V36 Q3: HM
V36 Q4: SHM
V37 Q1: SHM

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Posted : July 23, 2019 3:21 pm
WriterGirl0426
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It looks like the WotF gods or demons were awaiting Writergirl's Q4 Submission before letting the bottom fall out.
HM for me. wotf017
Two more quarters to go for this year, but I fear that one was my best bet.

Bwwahahahahahahah!!!! I love it! Glad to have been the catalyst for us to finally get results. Congratulations on your HM!!!

Tracy

V34 Q3: R
V34 Q4: R
V35 Q1: R
V36 Q1: SHM
V36 Q2: SEMI-FINALIST!!!
V36 Q3: HM
V36 Q4: SHM
V37 Q1: SHM

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Posted : July 23, 2019 3:24 pm
WriterGirl0426
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wotf057

Can I just tell you all how super flipping amazingly stupendously excited I am to get to post this smiley?!? After posting the other night I hadn't rechecked my email today due to a busier than normal day-job day, so imagine my surprise when just before popping off to bed tonight I logged in and saw Joni's amazing message.

So many congratulations to michaeljwyantjr and all the SHMs and HMs!!! Lots of forum folks chiming in with them. And those of you who didn't get yours this quarter, don't let this get you down. Let it motivate you. Q4 is still open! Smile
Okay, I'll try to stop gushing now. I'm sure I'm gushing.
Not sure I'll manage to sleep tonight.

Tracy

V34 Q3: R
V34 Q4: R
V35 Q1: R
V36 Q1: SHM
V36 Q2: SEMI-FINALIST!!!
V36 Q3: HM
V36 Q4: SHM
V37 Q1: SHM

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Posted : July 23, 2019 3:33 pm
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