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Eagerink
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As a random point, several of his articles talk about putting a hook in the first sentence, two pages, etc. - but I keep wondering if when he says something should be done in the first two pages if he means as they are regularly, or when they are double spaced? haha

What an interesting viewpoint. That really shortens the impact of the beginning of a story.

Yeah!

I'm gonna go eat some chocolate

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Posted : September 20, 2019 9:47 am
Disgruntled Peony
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*Brings the marshmallows* Well, my last submission was disqualified due to me forgetting to delete the byline from the manuscript. Can't get worse than that, right? 😉

That really sucks. On the upside, you'll be extra motivated to check on that next time? wotf004 (Not much of an upside to that one, but at least you made the effort to submit. Forgetting to remove a byline is a really easy slip to make.)

*sets up a campfire, fetches sticks for s'mores*

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 : September 20, 2019 10:12 am
RETreasure
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*Brings the marshmallows* Well, my last submission was disqualified due to me forgetting to delete the byline from the manuscript. Can't get worse than that, right? 😉

That really sucks. On the upside, you'll be extra motivated to check on that next time? wotf004 (Not much of an upside to that one, but at least you made the effort to submit. Forgetting to remove a byline is a really easy slip to make.)

*sets up a campfire, fetches sticks for s'mores*

We're all adults here right? RIGHT?! *starts mixing gin and tonics*

I'll be available (if slightly boozed wotf001) for last minute crits right up until the deadline. If you PM me, I suggest you select "Send to Email" so I get a notification, otherwise it might be a while before I see your message. I read some GREAT stories for this quarter, go Forum go!

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 : September 20, 2019 11:24 am
Retropianoplayer
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For all those who love and adore chocolate, the absolute best is BELGIAN dark chocolate. In pastry form, I recommend Delizza Patisserie Mini Dark Chocolate with Belgian dark chocolate.

The richest dark chocolate with low calories, would be gelato. But that gets pricey.

We've come a long way. A few centuries back, only the elite and super wealthy, and royal courts, were able to sample this delicacy of the gods.

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Posted : September 20, 2019 11:25 am
Disgruntled Peony
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*Brings the marshmallows* Well, my last submission was disqualified due to me forgetting to delete the byline from the manuscript. Can't get worse than that, right? 😉

That really sucks. On the upside, you'll be extra motivated to check on that next time? wotf004 (Not much of an upside to that one, but at least you made the effort to submit. Forgetting to remove a byline is a really easy slip to make.)

*sets up a campfire, fetches sticks for s'mores*

We're all adults here right? RIGHT?! *starts mixing gin and tonics*

I'll be available (if slightly boozed wotf001) for last minute crits right up until the deadline. If you PM me, I suggest you select "Send to Email" so I get a notification, otherwise it might be a while before I see your message. I read some GREAT stories for this quarter, go Forum go!

wotf019 Once I'm done breastfeeding, I'll be celebrating with a strawberry margarita, but it'll be January at least before I can join in on the fun. (Would absolutely love to take you up on a drink at some point, though.)

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 : September 20, 2019 3:19 pm
RETreasure
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wotf019 Once I'm done breastfeeding, I'll be celebrating with a strawberry margarita, but it'll be January at least before I can join in on the fun. (Would absolutely love to take you up on a drink at some point, though.)

That’s fair. And of course not all adults drink. *mixes up some virgin daiquiris*

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 : September 21, 2019 12:27 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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I’ve never been clear on the process with results. I know it varies from time to time, but generally finalists get a call first, correct?

Then R’s and HM’s and SHM’s, followed by SF, then finalists are announced (but they’ve already been told, and have taken a blood oath to stay silent)?

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Posted : September 21, 2019 1:15 am
Disgruntled Peony
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I’ve never been clear on the process with results. I know it varies from time to time, but generally finalists get a call first, correct?

Then R’s and HM’s and SHM’s, followed by SF, then finalists are announced (but they’ve already been told, and have taken a blood oath to stay silent)?

It varies from quarter to quarter, but finalists generally get a call around the same time R's/HM's/SHM's come out. Those, by the way, sometimes come in one wave but sometimes come in multiple waves. SFs generally find out later these days, sometimes once the winners have chosen (because until everything is finalized, things can experience sudden shifts for one reason or another). Finalists have been asked to keep silent lately, also.

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 : September 21, 2019 1:36 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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I’ve never been clear on the process with results. I know it varies from time to time, but generally finalists get a call first, correct?

Then R’s and HM’s and SHM’s, followed by SF, then finalists are announced (but they’ve already been told, and have taken a blood oath to stay silent)?

It varies from quarter to quarter, but finalists generally get a call around the same time R's/HM's/SHM's come out. Those, by the way, sometimes come in one wave but sometimes come in multiple waves. SFs generally find out later these days, sometimes once the winners have chosen (because until everything is finalized, things can experience sudden shifts for one reason or another). Finalists have been asked to keep silent lately, also.

Thanks! Seems to be in line with what I have gathered over the years.

Happy twitching everyone.

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Posted : September 21, 2019 2:17 am
JVAshley
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I am concerned about the "byline".
Is it in the properties of the file where it shows the author of the document? Or is it something else. I need to know if I have been leaving it in every time and sabotaging myself. wotf005

RSchibler, please pass me one of those vodka tonics to calm my nerves until I solve this dilemma.

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : September 21, 2019 2:59 am
Reigheena
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No. It was:

TITLE
by reigheena

story text

I don't think they look in the properties of the file.

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Posted : September 21, 2019 5:04 am
czing
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I'd love to join in on the adult bevvies - feeling the urge for blueberry tea. But sadly I'm going through a bit of dental work recovery so maybe will abstain for now.

Too bad too because I wasn't feeling antsy about Q3 results until today. Last night I had a dream my Q3 won. So it has completely upgraded my hopes and dreams for Q3. It will now be pretty heart breaking if I get an R for it Smile

At least I know the specific mention in that newsletter wasn't about my story since there are no smokers in anything I've ever written so I can retain hope that I will get better than an HM even as I continue to fear that I will get an R.

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 : September 21, 2019 6:28 am
storysinger
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I must admit I never in my life thought of mixing chocolate and tequila until you guys kept bringing it up. wotf004
Well I tried it. It's not that bad. wotf008

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 : September 21, 2019 8:48 am
Retropianoplayer
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JV Ashley, I think you're fine as long as you don't announce your name in the Byline.

I wonder if the judges would find it humorous if someone out there in the writer's world wrote: TITLE

BY FUTURE GOLDEN PEN AWARD WINNER
Probably not. I think it would be disqualified as listing a name under a byline.

And, Becky, I see someone else out there who doesn't drink alcohol. Cheers!

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Posted : September 21, 2019 9:09 am
JVAshley
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No. It was:

TITLE
by reigheena

story text

I don't think they look in the properties of the file.

Oh THAT by line...thank you. I feel much better.
I don't think they look in the properties either, but the concern over the "by line" had me second guessing...that is, until you pointed out that the BY LINE is the by line.

You can see I am jumping at shadows now. I better get back in under the table and have a hot chocolate. wotf035

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : September 22, 2019 4:03 am
Henckel
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Friends, the time is nearly upon us. Best of luck!!!!!

WOTF Stats
(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
(2021) V38 Q4 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – WOTF Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – WOTF Semi-finalist
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!!
(2022) To be published in Galaxy's Edge Magazine (March issue)

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Posted : September 22, 2019 9:08 pm
SwiftPotato
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...perhaps today is the day? This was my first quarter submitting and I'm crazy nervous even though I'm sure I'll get a rejection. How do you all deal with the twitching??

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

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Posted : September 24, 2019 12:10 am
Disgruntled Peony
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...perhaps today is the day? This was my first quarter submitting and I'm crazy nervous even though I'm sure I'll get a rejection. How do you all deal with the twitching??

Welcome to the forum, and to the twitching! wotf007 Having multiple stories out to multiple markets helps me, personally, because then I focus less on the impact of any single rejection. Thinking on and/or working on new projects also helps. Also, hot chocolate and pillow forts. *offers up some cocoa*

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 : September 24, 2019 12:38 am
SwiftPotato
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Thanks, glad to be here! And that sounds like really great advice. May I offer up some marshmallows to go with that cocoa? 😀

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

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Posted : September 24, 2019 1:02 am
Reigheena
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I have two things that help me.
1. Work on the next story.
2. Have a plan for what to do with the submission once I get results, whether that's knowing what market to send it to next, or how to tackle revisions when it comes back.

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Posted : September 24, 2019 1:07 am
SwiftPotato
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That's definitely helpful. I'm a planner, so knowing what to do after results comes out makes a lot of sense.

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

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Posted : September 24, 2019 1:33 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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I have two things that help me.
1. Work on the next story.
2. Have a plan for what to do with the submission once I get results, whether that's knowing what market to send it to next, or how to tackle revisions when it comes back.

I’d echo both, but especially #2

Letting your submission sit for so long allows you to gain some perspective on the story. Maybe you’ve realized a few things that have you facepalming that you could clean up before submitting elsewhere. Also, your result can help you decide what to do next. For example, an R will often mean the opening could use some work. Try to look at R’s or HM’s as valuable feedback. Your story is now able to fly free, looking for its perfect home.

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Posted : September 24, 2019 1:43 am
SwiftPotato
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I have two things that help me.
1. Work on the next story.
2. Have a plan for what to do with the submission once I get results, whether that's knowing what market to send it to next, or how to tackle revisions when it comes back.

I’d echo both, but especially #2

Letting your submission sit for so long allows you to gain some perspective on the story. Maybe you’ve realized a few things that have you facepalming that you could clean up before submitting elsewhere. Also, your result can help you decide what to do next. For example, an R will often mean the opening could use some work. Try to look at R’s or HM’s as valuable feedback. Your story is now able to fly free, looking for its perfect home.

This is exactly what spurred me to start entering the contest - everything is valuable feedback, but I feel like I'd play rejectomancy games with myself way more in other markets than this one (since every response here gives you a pretty clear idea of what the readers' thoughts on your submission were).

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

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Posted : September 24, 2019 2:02 am
JVAshley
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I don't mean to scare anyone, but tomorrow is THURSDAY!
*dives under table into pillow fort.*
wotf018 Sorry for knocking over the hot chocolate disgruntledpeony.

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : September 25, 2019 5:36 am
Henckel
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Its 5.30am.

I woke with the thought that the results might be in.

I kicked on the phone.

No results

I went to the forum.

I am here.

WOTF Stats
(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
(2021) V38 Q4 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – WOTF Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – WOTF Semi-finalist
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!!
(2022) To be published in Galaxy's Edge Magazine (March issue)

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Posted : September 25, 2019 5:53 am
RETreasure
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Every day is Thursday

fistinair   Onward! Write your next!

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 : September 25, 2019 6:20 am
storysinger
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To twitch or not to twitch, that is the question?

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 : September 25, 2019 7:13 am
JVAshley
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To twitch or not to twitch, that is the question?

I happen to enjoy a good twitching. It's one of the reasons I submit.
Crazy, I know. wotf017

~ J V Ashley

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Posted : September 25, 2019 7:15 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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Its 5.30am.

I woke with the thought that the results might be in.

I kicked on the phone.

No results

I went to the forum.

I am here.

You stand not alone. The twitching times are upon us.

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Posted : September 25, 2019 7:39 am
Eagerink
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To twitch or not to twitch, that is the question?

I happen to enjoy a good twitching. It's one of the reasons I submit.
Crazy, I know. wotf017

Me too! Except I keep knocking into the cocoa.

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Posted : September 25, 2019 8:34 am
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