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Dustin Adams
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Q1: October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Q2: January 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021

Q3: April 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021
Q4: July 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021
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Results and link to the winners will post when judging is complete.

Today is the first day of the last month of the second quarter. If you're able to think ahead, great!
If not, get those Q2s in. wotf013

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : February 28, 2021 11:01 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Whoops. Didn't mean to double-post.

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)
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Posted : March 1, 2021 1:46 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Oh wow, it is about that time, isn't it? wotf015 Time has passed so strangely, lately...

I've theoretically got options for Q3, but most of those options are presently at other markets, so I'm gonna give it a couple months before I make any serious decisions.

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 : March 1, 2021 4:11 am
Reuben
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Then there's guys like me who haven't even started (thinking about) q2 yet...

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm ~ Winston Churchill
V37: R, R, R, HM
V38: SHM

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Posted : March 1, 2021 4:54 am
RETreasure
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Yeah I have nothing planned for this one yet. I’ll worry about it when Q2 closes.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
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Posted : March 1, 2021 5:22 am
DoctorJest
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Oh wow, it is about that time, isn't it? wotf015 Time has passed so strangely, lately...

I've theoretically got options for Q3, but most of those options are presently at other markets, so I'm gonna give it a couple months before I make any serious decisions.

I'm in this boat too, my best completed options are elsewhere at the moment. I do also have some secondary choices that are either not started yet, or which are incomplete--but I'm still giving most of my spare creative time over to something else at the moment, so if it comes down to one of those, it's likely to become a mad June rush for completion.

One of those pending subs actually went out with edits I'd specifically intended for WotF, but I found a market opening for it that I couldn't resist. If it comes back, I'll probably chance that one for Q3, and punt.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 / Q4.V38 currently in crit/revision stage
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 : March 3, 2021 6:27 pm
babooher
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I had an email about my Q4 Silver and then I saw the receipt of Q2. Both made think Q1 results. And now Q3 postings! I guess I'm not used to having submitted this early or planning for the next quarter so soon. Time is indeed passing strangely as of late!

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 : March 4, 2021 12:47 am
Disgruntled Peony
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I had an email about my Q4 Silver and then I saw the receipt of Q2. Both made think Q1 results. And now Q3 postings! I guess I'm not used to having submitted this early or planning for the next quarter so soon. Time is indeed passing strangely as of late!

You get used to it after awhile. Odds are good I'll have three stories subbed before we start hearing back on Q1. wotf019 wotf021 wotf017

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 : March 4, 2021 1:38 am
Dragonchef
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Odds are good I'll have three stories subbed before we start hearing back on Q1. wotf019 wotf021 wotf017

wotf001 - I think I'm with ya there

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Posted : March 4, 2021 2:31 am
Dustin Adams
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I like to submit when it's almost late.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : March 4, 2021 3:46 am
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pdblake
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I find it's best to just fire and forget. Get on with the next story and worry about your submissions when they hit your inbox.

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Posted : March 4, 2021 4:16 am
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babooher
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I find it's best to just fire and forget. Get on with the next story and worry about your submissions when they hit your inbox.

I'm normally pretty good about that until things start popping up in my inbox that are close but not quite the message I'm anticipating. And I find it weird that I have nearly 4 months to come up with next quarter's story. I'm normally not that far ahead.

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 : March 4, 2021 6:52 am
Dustin Adams
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I am having a blast writing my Q3. Currently at 2500 words, looking at around 6k finished.
I can't wait for critters to read this one, but simultaneously I'm enjoying that time when the story is perfect, AKA, lives only in my imagination and on my computer screen. Lumps will come, but for now - pure enjoyment.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : March 23, 2021 4:36 am
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JCunningham
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I am having a blast writing my Q3. Currently at 2500 words, looking at around 6k finished.
I can't wait for critters to read this one, but simultaneously I'm enjoying that time when the story is perfect, AKA, lives only in my imagination and on my computer screen. Lumps will come, but for now - pure enjoyment.

Awesome. Isn't it funny how hard it can be to translate from head to paper. Nothing like enjoying the process. Pure enjoyment like you said.

I just finished a 1K word story with the intention of submitting it to a flash fiction zine. But I'm having second thoughts. I'm considering saving it for next WoTF quarter, not out of fear that I won't be able to produce another story, but because it turned out better than I hoped.

Possible for a 1K word story to do well with WoTF? I've seen posts that have broken down the percentages of winners and word count. Most range from 3k-7k from what I've seen.

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Posted : March 23, 2021 8:02 am
Dustin Adams
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1k is a tough sell to WotF. I wouldn't say impossible because ya never know, but the odds are stacked against it. Which is not to say if you know you're sending to WotF to add a little. Without the hard 1k limit see where it takes you.

Ken Liu had a 1k in Asimov's a few years back that felt like a much longer story. I thought I was good at flash until I read that (Picture Wayne and Garth bowing and saying they aren't worthy). By far my fav flash of all time and I've read many hundreds.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : March 23, 2021 8:40 am
earthkeeper
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I've got some ideas already on the block for Q3, and I know I can develop at least some of them in time for the deadline. That being said, I have a 1700-word story mostly completed that I'd like to consider for submission at some point, if I thought it would have a decent shot. If not, I can always set it on the back burner and keep it slotted for a collection I'd like to self-publish eventually.

"Trust is like a shop. Difficult to build, but surprisingly easy to ruin. But when it is strong and true, there are few things in this world that make you feel stronger."
V37: HM
V38: X,R,P

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Posted : March 23, 2021 11:15 am
RETreasure
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I’m 2800 words into the story I suspect will be my Q3. I find it fascinating how a stray idea or emotion can turn into an entirely new world and person.

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.
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Posted : March 28, 2021 11:04 am
LDWriter2
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Almost finished with a new story but may send in another older story, we will see. 

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 : March 31, 2021 3:58 pm
DoctorJest
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(Lost place, but was responding to a reply about a possible 1K story entry...)

I'd agree with this. From what I've heard of the contest, generally speaking, Flash is up against it--specifically, I believe, because pieces of that length rarely get into some of the things that judges like to see in contest entries. That being said, there is no hard and fast rule for what can or can't win the contest. One of the most memorable short stories I ever read was around 1k--though it's worth noting that it was neither sci-fi nor fantasy, so it had no need of space to spend on worldbuilding.

(Addendum: I originally wrote that the 1K short story was one of the best short stories I read--that is actually false, I think. Very striking, very well written, and very memorable, but in hindsight, still fell into some of the same traps that many very short stories do, making it striking to read once, but without enough depth to it to make me want to go back and re-read it often. The story came from a respected fiction contest, and although that story struck hard, it was actually the second place story--a little longer, with more depth and intrigue to the main character--that I more often find I want to go back and re-read.)   

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 / Q4.V38 currently in crit/revision stage
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 : March 31, 2021 4:05 pm
LDWriter2
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Posted by: @dustin-adams

1k is a tough sell to WotF. I wouldn't say impossible because ya never know, but the odds are stacked against it. Which is not to say if you know you're sending to WotF to add a little. Without the hard 1k limit see where it takes you.

Ken Liu had a 1k in Asimov's a few years back that felt like a much longer story. I thought I was good at flash until I read that (Picture Wayne and Garth bowing and saying they aren't worthy). By far my fav flash of all time and I've read many hundreds.

I have heard that shorter stories are a hard sell, but I do not recall how short is shorter just flash? 

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 : April 1, 2021 9:17 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @ldwriter2
Posted by: @dustin-adams

1k is a tough sell to WotF. I wouldn't say impossible because ya never know, but the odds are stacked against it. Which is not to say if you know you're sending to WotF to add a little. Without the hard 1k limit see where it takes you.

Ken Liu had a 1k in Asimov's a few years back that felt like a much longer story. I thought I was good at flash until I read that (Picture Wayne and Garth bowing and saying they aren't worthy). By far my fav flash of all time and I've read many hundreds.

I have heard that shorter stories are a hard sell, but I do not recall how short is shorter just flash? 

I think under 3k is where the difficulty spikes.

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 : April 1, 2021 10:31 am
AlexH
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Paraphrasing Dave, I remember him saying something like the shorter the story, the less time you have to impress him, and that can work against you. I'm tempted to enter a flash this quarter because I think generally they're my best stories (and I feel like I need a rest!), but I'm worried it'll feel like a waste (though my first HM was 1,200 words, so borderline flash depending on where you stop the count).

Another member gained SHM for a 900-word story last year.

Mica Scotti Kole's recent winner was under 2,000 words I think, but that's an exception on winning lengths.

35: - R R R | 36: R HM R R | 37: HM HM HM SHM | 38: HM HM

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Posted : April 1, 2021 11:22 am
babooher
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I find that writer's block sets in fastest with me when I look at word count. Now I just try to tell the tale in a draft and not worry about something short or long. That's a draft 2 or 3 consideration for me lest I get stuck.

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 : April 1, 2021 7:07 pm
DoctorJest
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I had planned to revise and resub something for Q3, but I'm starting to get itchy writing fingers--I really don't think that's going to satisfy me after all. So, I have a completely blank slate--time to come up with something new...

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 / Q4.V38 currently in crit/revision stage
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 : April 1, 2021 8:44 pm
LDWriter2
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@disgruntledpeony   Thanks 

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 : April 1, 2021 8:45 pm
Cray Dimensional
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I have an idea for Q3 and got up to the point in research where I am now comfortable writing an outline. I'd love to talk about it, but I don't want to disqualify myself.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : April 2, 2021 6:06 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @craydimensional

I have an idea for Q3 and got up to the point in research where I am now comfortable writing an outline. I'd love to talk about it, but I don't want to disqualify myself.

Totally get where you're coming from, here. Have been there myself many times. laughing I'm probably going to submit a revision of an older story this quarter because I have other projects that will be taking up my creative time. Waiting on some feedback, and then I honestly think I'm going to do a final polish and submit it within the next couple weeks. My strategy these days seems to be to stick myself with waiting on three different quarters of WotF results as often as possible. rolleyes giggle (Honestly, that's mostly because it means I don't have to stress about whether or not I'm in. I have enough stress in my life right now with twin two-year-olds running around.)

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 : April 2, 2021 7:02 am
Cray Dimensional
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Posted by: @disgruntledpeony
Posted by: @craydimensional

I have an idea for Q3 and got up to the point in research where I am now comfortable writing an outline. I'd love to talk about it, but I don't want to disqualify myself.

Totally get where you're coming from, here. Have been there myself many times. laughing I'm probably going to submit a revision of an older story this quarter because I have other projects that will be taking up my creative time. Waiting on some feedback, and then I honestly think I'm going to do a final polish and submit it within the next couple weeks. My strategy these days seems to be to stick myself with waiting on three different quarters of WotF results as often as possible. rolleyes giggle (Honestly, that's mostly because it means I don't have to stress about whether or not I'm in. I have enough stress in my life right now with twin two-year-olds running around.)

I actually miss the two year old stage of kids in some way, although I remember them being a handful. No I get the teen age shrug.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, P

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Posted : April 2, 2021 7:36 am
Disgruntled Peony
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@craydimensional The twins are adorable little bundles of terror. I'm looking forward to when potty training is done... oh, I dunno, several months from now.

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 : April 2, 2021 10:56 am
pdblake
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I have a rough plot and some world building. Nearly there winking  

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