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catherine
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V37 Q2 HM
V39 Q2 HM, Q3 SHM, Q4 HM
V40 Q1 HM, Q2 HM, Q3 RWC, Q4 HM
V41 Q1 HM
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Posted : March 23, 2023 2:15 pm
LDWriter2
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Been way too long since I have been here. That might be why I ended up skipping two quarters. This one I could still do. I have two stories I could choose from even though both need to be edited.

 

Louis 

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

 
Posted : March 23, 2023 7:26 pm
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DoctorJest
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Posted by: @ldwriter2
Been way too long since I have been here. That might be why I ended up skipping two quarters. This one I could still do. I have two stories I could choose from even though both need to be edited.

Louis

I say go for it! You really can't end up worse off by submitting.

 

DQ:0 / R:0 / RWC:0 / HM:15 / SHM:7 / SF:1 / F:1
Published prior WotF entries: PodCastle, HFQ, Abyss & Apex
Currently on a writing hiatus

 
Posted : March 24, 2023 6:00 pm
storysinger
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Make a choice and get it in LD. You can do this. typing  

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Posted : March 25, 2023 6:13 am
Todd Jones
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Posted by: @ldwriter2

Been way too long since I have been here.

Well, welcome back and good luck on your entry.

 

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right."~ Henry Ford
2024 - V41 - Q1-RWC (Resubmit of "HM"), Q2-Submitted, Q3-WIP, Q4-?
2023 - V40 - Q1-HM, Q2-HM, Q3-R, Q4-HM
2022 - V39 - Q1-SHM, Q2-HM, Q3-SF, Q4-HM (Resubmit of "HM")
2021 - V38 - Q4-HM (Resubmit of "R")
2020 - V37 - Q2-R

 
Posted : March 25, 2023 7:52 am
czing
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I was about to say I didn't get the messages to enter but then checked my spam and looks like they got filtered over to it. Here's hoping none of my results emails end up there Smile

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 - SHM; Q3 - HM; Q4 - HM
v39 Q1 - SHM; Q3 - HM; Q4 -RWC
v40 Q1, Q2 - HM; Q3 - Pending

 
Posted : March 25, 2023 6:51 pm
DoctorJest
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Aha! That answers that question, as so were mine--apparently, send the exact same email six times, and Google thinks it's spam. Go figure.

DQ:0 / R:0 / RWC:0 / HM:15 / SHM:7 / SF:1 / F:1
Published prior WotF entries: PodCastle, HFQ, Abyss & Apex
Currently on a writing hiatus

 
Posted : March 25, 2023 11:36 pm
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Jason Toth
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Posted by: @doctorjest

Aha! That answers that question, as so were mine--apparently, send the exact same email six times, and Google thinks it's spam. Go figure.

Yes, I was alerted it went out multiple times. We are working to get that resolved... 

 

 
Posted : March 26, 2023 12:13 am
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Cherrie
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@ldwriter2 How’s it coming LD? Did you pick one to edit? Submit yet?

Volume 41 Q1 Illustrator Winner!
4x Finalist Illustrators
5x Semi finalist Illustrators
1x HM Illustrators
7x HM Writers
1x SHM Writers V39 Q3
https://clforsauthor.com
Author of the Primogenitor series: Cradle of Mars, Adaptation, Reunion, Schism: Available on Amazon under CL Fors

 
Posted : March 26, 2023 2:08 am
DoctorJest
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Posted by: @jason
Posted by: @doctorjest

Aha! That answers that question, as so were mine--apparently, send the exact same email six times, and Google thinks it's spam. Go figure.

Yes, I was alerted it went out multiple times. We are working to get that resolved...

Good luck! I've been responsible for fun issues like that in the past. Usually the causes are obvious, sometimes...not so much. I have my fingers crossed for you to get the obvious variety! 

 

DQ:0 / R:0 / RWC:0 / HM:15 / SHM:7 / SF:1 / F:1
Published prior WotF entries: PodCastle, HFQ, Abyss & Apex
Currently on a writing hiatus

 
Posted : March 26, 2023 10:12 am
Doc Honour
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Submitted. In again. Like jumping into a crowded pool.

I've spent the last couple of months working on marketing my first novel and assembling an anthology. So I decided to revise and  resubmit a prior HM. I think it was a good revision; cut out about 10%, mostly some flashback background. We'll find out in another three months or so...

Write so long as words keep flowing...
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FWA RPLA: 2021:Fx2; 2022:1st place Gold, 2023: 1st place Gold novel
V38 Q3:HM; Q4:HM
V39 Q1:HM; Q2:RWC; Q3:HM; Q4:DQ (oops)
V40 Q1:HM; Q2:RWC; Q3:SF(!); Q4:RWC
V41 Q1:RWC; Q2:Sub

 
Posted : March 28, 2023 4:47 am
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Todd Jones
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Posted by: @ehonour

So I decided to revise and  resubmit a prior HM. I think it was a good revision; cut out about 10%, mostly some flashback background. We'll find out in another three months or so...

Glad to hear you entered. Good luck. I would like to know how resubmissions with an HM or higher works out.  

I tried it once, but still got an HM. I just read through that story and found out why it never got higher than an HM. Either that means I'm growing as a writer, or horrible at checking my work before submitting. Maybe a little from column A – A little from column B.

 

 

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right."~ Henry Ford
2024 - V41 - Q1-RWC (Resubmit of "HM"), Q2-Submitted, Q3-WIP, Q4-?
2023 - V40 - Q1-HM, Q2-HM, Q3-R, Q4-HM
2022 - V39 - Q1-SHM, Q2-HM, Q3-SF, Q4-HM (Resubmit of "HM")
2021 - V38 - Q4-HM (Resubmit of "R")
2020 - V37 - Q2-R

 
Posted : March 28, 2023 8:22 am
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Gideon Smith
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@toddjones I think distance also helps. Which is why my strategy of waiting till the deadline probably isn't a good one.

"...your motivations for wanting to write are probably complex. You may have a few great passions, you may want to be rich and famous, and you may need therapy."
- Dave Farland, Million Dollar Outlines

Writers of the Future:
2024 Q1: F Q2: P Q3:WIP Q4: ?
2023 Q1: RWC Q2: SHM Q3: SHM Q4: R
2022 Q4: R
Submissions to other markets:
2024: 10 submitted 4 acceptances
2023: 74 submitted 13 acceptances
2022: 22 submitted 1 acceptance

http://www.gideonpsmith.com

 
Posted : March 28, 2023 10:38 am
Pegeen
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I've taken a ridiculously long time to write a mere 3450 word short story for V40 Q2.  Polish. Polish. Spit! Polish. I'm confident it no longer sux. Is it good enough to place? No clue. I printed it out and will read it 1-2 more times before submitting today or tomorrow. For some reason I am more likely to see mistakes when I look at a printout.   deadhorse   deadhorse    deadhorse   

~~ Pegeen ~~
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Writer
V40 - Q1 RWC, Q2 HM,

 
Posted : March 28, 2023 10:55 am
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DoctorJest
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Posted by: @toddjones
Glad to hear you entered. Good luck. I would like to know how resubmissions with an HM or higher works out.  

I tried it once, but still got an HM. I just read through that story and found out why it never got higher than an HM. Either that means I'm growing as a writer, or horrible at checking my work before submitting. Maybe a little from column A – A little from column B.

I've resubbed a few of mine with revisions, though usually I did so when I ran out of time for a given quarter or wasn't able to finish a story to my own satisfaction. Their historical progresses have been:

Story 1: HM -> HM 
Story 2: SHM -> SHM -> HM
Story 3: HM -> HM -> SF

So one never changed, one went down, and one climbed up. However, there are definitely cases of writers revising former Rs and HMs up all the way to actually winning the Contest, so it's always worth trying. You're always better off being entered, regardless.

(Addendum: Story 3 is actually an exception to the ran out of time rule, because my second resub was from some excellent feedback, and my third and final was from me feeling I'd not done the story justice, and really wanting to give it another try. So of the three, looked at from a cold and objective standpoint, it makes the most sense that it'd be the one to improve its placing.) 

DQ:0 / R:0 / RWC:0 / HM:15 / SHM:7 / SF:1 / F:1
Published prior WotF entries: PodCastle, HFQ, Abyss & Apex
Currently on a writing hiatus

 
Posted : March 28, 2023 6:31 pm
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Henckel
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Just submitted my Q2. 

Let the waiting begin 😉 

WOTF Stats
(2014) V31 – R
(2018) V35 – HM
(2019) V36 – HM, SHM
(2020) V37 – R, HM, SHM, Finalist
(2021) V38 – SF, SHM, SHM, HM
(2022) V39 – HM, SHM, SHM, SHM
(2023) V40 - HM, SF, tba, tba

 
Posted : March 28, 2023 8:23 pm
Pegeen
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I'm in Q2!

~~ Pegeen ~~
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Writer
V40 - Q1 RWC, Q2 HM,

 
Posted : March 28, 2023 10:58 pm
Joel C. Scoberg
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@pegeen @henckel @ehonour good luck!

R: 2 / HM: 6 / SHM: 2
Published stories:
"Drunk Scentless" - Daily Science Fiction (June 2021)
"Interview with the Vampire Hunter" - Every Day Fiction (October 2021)
"Dutch Courage" - 365tomorrows (August 2022)

 
Posted : March 29, 2023 1:12 am
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Joel C. Scoberg
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Posted by: @doctorjest

I've resubbed a few of mine with revisions, though usually I did so when I ran out of time for a given quarter or wasn't able to finish a story to my own satisfaction. Their historical progresses have been:

Story 1: HM -> HM 
Story 2: SHM -> SHM -> HM
Story 3: HM -> HM -> SF

The one time I resubmitted, I went from a SHM to R whoa   Though, reading it back, the first few pages were rough as toast because it was a very last minute resub and I rejigged the structure. I didn't leave myself enough time to get another pair of eyes on it, or really edit it as I usually would. Burned my fingers a bit, it did. I think the story has potential, so I may try again in a future quarter, especially if I am in to the last month and don't have anything in the pipeline. I will also make sure to retain the title, as per Jody's recent post on this point.

R: 2 / HM: 6 / SHM: 2
Published stories:
"Drunk Scentless" - Daily Science Fiction (June 2021)
"Interview with the Vampire Hunter" - Every Day Fiction (October 2021)
"Dutch Courage" - 365tomorrows (August 2022)

 
Posted : March 29, 2023 1:30 am
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Dustin Adams
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Resubs worked fine for me. Sadly, I'm not a new idea generator factory person. I've worked from home for over 12 years now and that totally stifles creativity. The times I do take short vacations I tend to go to the same place(s).

My advice is as always to travel, see new things, fill that cup. *

* If you can.

Stats:

Story 1: R -> HM -> HM -> 3rd
Rewrites all.

Story 2: HM -> SHM -> SHM
Rewrite, resub

Story 3: R -> R
Resub

Story 4: SHM -> SF
Rewrite

Career:

1x Win
2x NW-F
2x S-F
9x S-HM
11x HM
7x R

 
Posted : March 29, 2023 3:47 am
Todd Jones
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Posted by: @pegeen

 I printed it out and will read it 1-2 more times before submitting today or tomorrow. For some reason I am more likely to see mistakes when I look at a printout.   deadhorse   deadhorse    deadhorse   

I agree.  I like reading on paper.  I also agree that I over edit and deadhorse .

I thought I was done with a story and then I tried having the computer read it out loud. I don't think I get through a couple paragraphs without stopping it and then reading the section again and tweaking it.  So, is that helping?  Maybe. 

 

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right."~ Henry Ford
2024 - V41 - Q1-RWC (Resubmit of "HM"), Q2-Submitted, Q3-WIP, Q4-?
2023 - V40 - Q1-HM, Q2-HM, Q3-R, Q4-HM
2022 - V39 - Q1-SHM, Q2-HM, Q3-SF, Q4-HM (Resubmit of "HM")
2021 - V38 - Q4-HM (Resubmit of "R")
2020 - V37 - Q2-R

 
Posted : March 29, 2023 5:55 am
Cherrie
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I am officially in for Q2 with my new favorite story. 

I got some feedback on my first 450 words from Ease and some critique and typo smashing from storysinger so I waited for that to submit. 

It has been a fun quarter! Onward to quarter 3!

Volume 41 Q1 Illustrator Winner!
4x Finalist Illustrators
5x Semi finalist Illustrators
1x HM Illustrators
7x HM Writers
1x SHM Writers V39 Q3
https://clforsauthor.com
Author of the Primogenitor series: Cradle of Mars, Adaptation, Reunion, Schism: Available on Amazon under CL Fors

 
Posted : March 29, 2023 8:30 pm
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Joel C. Scoberg
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@clfors good luck!

R: 2 / HM: 6 / SHM: 2
Published stories:
"Drunk Scentless" - Daily Science Fiction (June 2021)
"Interview with the Vampire Hunter" - Every Day Fiction (October 2021)
"Dutch Courage" - 365tomorrows (August 2022)

 
Posted : March 30, 2023 2:09 am
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Officially in for Q2 too! Good luck everyone!

~ I honestly believe that good stories write themselves. You can always start writing a story, but the characters tell their own tales and if you're lucky enough, you get to merely be in the audience watching everything unfold. ~ 8/1/2022
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WotF - 2022, V39 Q4: R
WotF - 2022/2023, V40 Q1: HM; Q2: HM; Q3: HM; Q4:HM

 
Posted : March 30, 2023 10:13 am
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Cray Dimensional
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For all you straggler. I was the with you on QTR and my late last minute story was my first SHM. You can do it, but you may some lattes or coffees which are on the virtual table.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, HM, HM
V39: RWC, HM, HM, SHM
V40 : HM, RWC, R, HM
V41 : RWC, P
"Amore For Life" in After the Gold Rush Third Flatiron Anthology
"Freedom’s Song” in Troubadour and Space Princesses LTUE Anthology
"Experimenting with the Dance of Death" in Love is Complicated LUW Romance Anthology.

 
Posted : March 30, 2023 5:50 pm
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Beth Powers
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I'm in for Q2! And a whole day ahead of the deadline!

Beth Powers
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Silver HM x 5
HM x 20
Entries x 66
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Collected Stories:
Sorcery & Widgets
Runes & Rivets

 
Posted : March 30, 2023 7:30 pm
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Writhmic
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I'm in! I wasn't able to write a new story this quarter but I edited a previous SHM. Hopefully it places better!

V39: -- / SHM / SHM / RWC
V40: HM / SHM / SHM / SHM
V41: RWC / P / WIP / --

 
Posted : March 30, 2023 8:31 pm
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James (Ease)
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Congratulations to everyone that's submitted so far! Yesterday was my designated day to finish Q2, but then work kept me busy from 0800 - 2230, and with a stinking cold I couldn't do anything productive when I got home.

Hoping I can find some time today...

VOL 40 2nd Quarter: Third Place ("Ashes to Ashes, Blood to Carbonfiber")
Past submissions: R - HM - HM - HM - HM - HM - SHM - SHM
www.jd-writes.com

 
Posted : March 31, 2023 4:37 am
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MountainSpud
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You got this, @ease!

Website: https://www.jeschleicher.com/
Blog: https://www.jeschleicher.com/dopaminesdelight
V40: Q1 3rd Place Winner ("Squiddy")
V39: SHM, HM, HM, HM
V38: HM, SHM, HM, HM
V37: R, R, HM, HM
V36: R

 
Posted : March 31, 2023 6:23 am
Donovan Cedars
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Woo! Submitted for the quarter!

Now, with that story no longer distracting me, I can begin twitching for last quarter's results with all proper earnest.

*twitch-twitch*

R- 1 or 2. Or 3. Possibly 25.
HM-8
SHM-0
SF-1
F-0
W-Inevitable

 
Posted : March 31, 2023 7:29 am
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