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Shockhawk
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R for me. Congrats to all those that got HM and SHM.

Now! This is it! Now is the time to choose! Die and be free of pain, or live and fight your sorrow! Now is the time to shape your stories! Your fate is in your hands! - Auron FFX
Vol 37 - X, R, R, R
vol 38 - HM, X, WIP

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Posted : October 5, 2020 8:13 am
kakent80
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Posts: 41

I got my first rejection, which was as expected. My story wasn’t very good!

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Posted : October 5, 2020 8:13 am
James Hargreaves
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Congrats to everyone who got an HM or above!

First R for me, but then again, this was my first submission and I knew pretty soon after finding this forum that my first try was going to be way off so I’m not worried.
I’m just gonna keep writing!

I missed the deadline for Q4 for a new short story I’ve been working on but it still needed some polishing and editing so I refrained from submitting even though I probably should have...
I am eagerly cleaning it up though and preparing to submit it for Q1 Volume 38 (plan to submit by the end of October to keep myself honest and then work towards the project for Q2!
wotf011
Also working through the online workshop and already have several fun ideas in mind for future short stories.
“Just keep writing, just keep writing ...”

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Posted : October 5, 2020 8:24 am
Dragonchef
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Posts: 279

Criminy! Still nothing for me.
wotf017

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Posted : October 5, 2020 8:35 am
Rey Nichols
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Posts: 56

HM for me, 3rd in a row Smile

HM: 5
R: 1
www.reynichols.com

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Posted : October 5, 2020 9:00 am
Eagerink
(@eagerink)
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Posts: 118

Third R in a row. Close to just calling it quits for awhile.

Don't call it quits! You can do it!!!!

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Posted : October 5, 2020 9:15 am
Eagerink
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Posts: 118

Got an R :/ sad because I thought this was my best yet yet. But I did realize that the first couple pages are a little weak. So could have been rejected there. Gonna go see what I can do about it... Then maybe I'll resubmit. Never done that but I really don't think it was read past the beginning.

Huge congrats to everyone who entered! Yay on those HMs! Fantastic job on those SHMs!

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Posted : October 5, 2020 9:23 am
JaromScottStrong
(@jaromscottstrong)
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Got my second HM. Well done everyone! Quick question: I'm new here, how does one go about giving yourself a custom signature on the forums? Thanks!

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Posted : October 5, 2020 9:27 am
Corbin.Maxwell
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Third R in a row. Close to just calling it quits for awhile.

If you really like to write don’t call it quits. If you want I can try to help you. Or you can look into Wulf Moon’s writing advice forum thread. I don’t follow it myself but I think it’s designed specifically with the contest in mind.

I ain't cut out to be no Jesse James.

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Posted : October 5, 2020 9:42 am
Corbin.Maxwell
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SHM, which makes three in a row now.

Steady on, until up.
I'd say that's a good sign. SHM is early / mid finalist pile.

So I’ve been told.

Though I submit to the contest, I’m not writing for it. I write for me and my sanity, writing the way I want regardless of judges and editors. And I know people might say that a writer should tailor his stories to the audience but in order to have kept going these past 17 years I’ve had to make my writing about my personal enjoyment.

Sentences and paragraphs are what it’s about for me.

I ain't cut out to be no Jesse James.

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Posted : October 5, 2020 9:51 am
Eagerink
(@eagerink)
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Posts: 118

Got my second HM. Well done everyone! Quick question: I'm new here, how does one go about giving yourself a custom signature on the forums? Thanks!

Congrats!

Click on your name in the upper right, a drop down menu should appear. Click on user control panel. After that a firewall may pop up, I think this is to prevent bots. Click proceed. Then click "profile" and "edit signature". This is on mobile so hopefully works for you.

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Posted : October 5, 2020 9:59 am
CCrawford
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Posts: 225

Got an R :/ sad because I thought this was my best yet yet. But I did realize that the first couple pages are a little weak. So could have been rejected there. Gonna go see what I can do about it... Then maybe I'll resubmit. Never done that but I really don't think it was read past the beginning.

Huge congrats to everyone who entered! Yay on those HMs! Fantastic job on those SHMs!

Eagerink, do you have a crit group? Happy to take a look if you want some feedback.

v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, SHM
V38: SHM, HM, ??
Indie author of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth), and the in-progress Leyward Stones series--including my serial, Macchiatos, Faerie Princes, and Other Things That Happen at Midnight, currently available on the new Kindle Vella platform. The Vella story is also available through my Patreon, along with side stories, behind the scenes content, and in-progress drafts of other books from my Leyward Stones world.
Website: http://ccrawfordwriting.com. I also have a newsletter and a blog!
Upcoming short story publication in DreamForge Anvil, October 2021 issue!

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Posted : October 5, 2020 10:35 am
Dustin Adams
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Posts: 997

Sentences and paragraphs are what it’s about for me.

Me too. It's probably why I write my ideas in a week then edit for the next 2+ months. wotf006

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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Topic starter Posted : October 5, 2020 10:59 am
Dustin Adams
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Got an R :/ sad because I thought this was my best yet yet. But I did realize that the first couple pages are a little weak. So could have been rejected there. Gonna go see what I can do about it... Then maybe I'll resubmit. Never done that but I really don't think it was read past the beginning.

I'm up for reading the first 450. If that sounds OK, PM for my e-mail.

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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Topic starter Posted : October 5, 2020 11:00 am
Dustin Adams
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HM for me, 3rd in a row Smile
Noice. wotf009

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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Topic starter Posted : October 5, 2020 11:00 am
PenMark
(@penmark)
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Posts: 53

Got my first R! Like several others here, I was expecting it--I take it as a good sign that we've all been growing in our writing abilities. Smile
Congratulations to everyone who placed in the contest!

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

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Posted : October 5, 2020 11:34 am
Thomas Woodward
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HM here. Congrats to everyone who submitted and everyone who's still in the running. We're rooting for you!

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 : October 5, 2020 11:57 am
DoctorJest
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SHM, which makes three in a row now.

Nice consistent step up! Mine have been a lot more scatter-shot than that.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : October 5, 2020 11:58 am
DoctorJest
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wotf056

Can I read that one? Assuming the cat wrote it...

Sure, I'd be happy to pass it over for you to take a look at. 🙂 I subbed it out elsewhere this morning after receiving the result, but I'll send a copy your way shortly.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : October 5, 2020 12:00 pm
HermioneLee
(@hermionelee)
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Posts: 163

Just got my 3rd R

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Posted : October 5, 2020 12:05 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Posts: 1115

I've either got an SHM or an HM--not sure which, because I got two e-mails this quarter. O_o I've e-mailed Joni in an effort to clear things up.

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 : October 5, 2020 12:17 pm
kentagions
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Posts: 94

Great job, everyone. We only call it an R here on the Forum. In the contest, it is a DNP (Did Not Place). In life, it is a try...congratulations. You did something, perhaps out of your comfort zone, that many others think of doing but never attempt. Study, read, and try again because you are in the same place that I have been for nine years and now twenty-nine entries. I've had what we call success around here (HM=11, SHM=1). You will get there, too.

It is my wish for everyone to fully examine themselves and their work. Get real opinions from trusted peers and professionals. Figure out what work you need to do to accomplish the goals you have set for yourself. And then, do that work. Follow through. Believe me, you will get there if you do the work.

And, with every entry to this contest or to the next market, remember to congratulate yourself. You are trying. You will achieve. Best of luck.

For me, lucky 13. I received my first Finalist!

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Posted : October 5, 2020 12:38 pm
CCrawford
(@ccrawford)
Bronze Star Member
Posts: 225

For me, lucky 13. I received my first Finalist!

Congratulations!

v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, SHM
V38: SHM, HM, ??
Indie author of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth), and the in-progress Leyward Stones series--including my serial, Macchiatos, Faerie Princes, and Other Things That Happen at Midnight, currently available on the new Kindle Vella platform. The Vella story is also available through my Patreon, along with side stories, behind the scenes content, and in-progress drafts of other books from my Leyward Stones world.
Website: http://ccrawfordwriting.com. I also have a newsletter and a blog!
Upcoming short story publication in DreamForge Anvil, October 2021 issue!

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Posted : October 5, 2020 12:40 pm
thewritescott
(@thewritescott)
Active Member
Posts: 23

First R in a while, though I'm very sporadic in entering to the contest. I thought it was a great story, though wasn't sure if it was a WOTF story. Guess it wasn't. At something around 1400 words (if memory serves) it was really short, too, so that was a risk.

Scott Hughey
WOTF HM X 4
http://www.amazon.com/author/thewritescott

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Posted : October 5, 2020 12:44 pm
fihr
 fihr
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Posts: 13

For me, lucky 13. I received my first Finalist!

Grats on your finalist, kentagions!

SHM for me. Nice after taking a break from short stories for a while. Just checking in to thank those who kindly beta'd my work, despite me not having been active on this forum for a few years. It was great of you to take a look. Hope you did well too!

Grats to all on your HMs' and more. To those getting R's, good on you for entering and better luck next time. To the finalists: I don't envy you the wait 😀 But good luck!

F - 1 SHM - 1 HM - 5

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Posted : October 5, 2020 12:47 pm
Henckel
(@henckel)
Silver Member
Posts: 417

I received my first Finalist!

Congratulations Kent! wotf009

(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 : October 5, 2020 12:51 pm
RETreasure
(@rschibler)
Silver Star Member
Posts: 743

For me, lucky 13. I received my first Finalist!

Oh my gosh! 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 : October 5, 2020 12:58 pm
sorte001
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Posts: 32

Third R in a row. Close to just calling it quits for awhile.

Don't call it quits! You can do it!!!!

I'll keep going. Just takes some time to bounce back. I will put more effort in getting some crits and evaluating what works and what doesn't.

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Posted : October 5, 2020 1:01 pm
sorte001
(@sorte001)
Advanced Member
Posts: 32

Third R in a row. Close to just calling it quits for awhile.

If you really like to write don’t call it quits. If you want I can try to help you. Or you can look into Wulf Moon’s writing advice forum thread. I don’t follow it myself but I think it’s designed specifically with the contest in mind.

There are some some old HM stories I have that have gathered some dust. Think it will be worth trying them out again. Dustin mentioned a 450 group, so I will check it out.

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Posted : October 5, 2020 1:03 pm
BeeW
 BeeW
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Advanced Member
Posts: 34

After nothing but HMs, I got my first R this quarter. I kinda suspected that it'd get an R as it was a superhero story more than fantasy or sci-fi which I guess isn't really what this contest is after. Still, glad I took a risk and wrote this story that had been bubbling in me for a while.

V37Q1: HM
V37Q2: HM
V37Q3: R
V37Q4: ?

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Posted : October 5, 2020 1:20 pm
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