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Wulf Moon
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We interrupt this program for a Fall service announcement: September 30th at midnight, Volume 37 turns into a PUMPKIN! If you don't want to be SQUASHED, you need to get your stories in! Don't be GOURD by the deadline!

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JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : September 26, 2020 11:14 am
babooher
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I've been working on revisions. Think I'll be getting mine in at the bell.

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 : September 27, 2020 2:26 am
DoctorJest
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And, submitted!

Incidentally, I am finding that out-loud reading of stories can really take a toll on the voice. My throat is still sore from yesterday. This was an unexpected development, and gives me a new-found respect for the work my friend does when he's recording audiobooks! However, it did uncover a few things in need of fixing, and definitely helped the finished story.

Now I get to take a breath, rest a couple of days, and then get started on the next one. I'll at least have a few days to think over which one it should be!

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 : September 27, 2020 11:22 am
Jamesblakey
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I'm in with an offbeat tale.

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Posted : September 28, 2020 5:14 am
Dustin Adams
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Your avatar isn't helping my diet.

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 : September 28, 2020 5:31 am
D.Kav
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I submitted a couple weeks ago. For what it's worth, I really really really want to win this time. Worked my butt of on this story. Guess we wait and see...

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Posted : September 28, 2020 8:47 am
vjalrik
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I'm in

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 : September 28, 2020 6:48 pm
RabenWrites
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I’m surprised how nervous I am, even though the stakes are so low.

Is there any sort of feedback in the form rejections letting you know if you messed something up with the submission process itself? I’ve never submitted anything anywhere, just found shunn’s formatting guide and will be doing what I can to follow it, but still worry about tripping over a technicality.

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Posted : September 29, 2020 2:56 am
Agathon
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Is there any sort of feedback in the form rejections letting you know if you messed something up with the submission process itself?.

All I've ever gotten was an email acknowledgement the next day, submission received.

I'm going to get one of those tomorrow, according to plan...

Agathon McGeachy
Figure Sculptor, Mechanical Designer, Reformed Rakehell, Writer
Vol 37, Q2: HM
Vol 37, Q3: HM
Vol 37, Q4: HM
Vol 38, Q1: R
Vol 38, Q2: the waiting is the hardest part
Now in print: NIWA 2020 Anthology 'Escape' available on Amazon
Coming soon: NIWA 2021 Anthology 'Forbidden'

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Posted : September 29, 2020 4:37 am
Wulf Moon
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Dr. Jest, glad you're reading your stories out loud. That's a secret from an old friend that's no longer with us, Ken Rand's THE TEN PERCENT SOLUTION. It's a good one.

Milo, quirky and offbeat is good. It means you're taking risks, and risks can pay off with huge dividends if you play them right.

RabenWrites, no, there's no feedback on rejections. Imagine Joni having to write thousands of personal notes on each rejection...every...quarter....
You followed Shunn's. You kept it plain and professional. Even if you did not, Kary English, the first reader, would still check to see if you had a good story under that polyester suit. But if it gets too funky, she has to reject it. The 300 sent in the ring to Dave are gladiators, and they're dressed to kill.

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : September 29, 2020 5:33 am
Wulf Moon
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Get your stories in, Forumites! You can do this! Last quarter of the contest year! And it's not too late to write a fresh story! A couple of years ago, at noon on this very day, I sat down to write a new story. My first draft was done at 11:15 pm the next day--I hadn't even read it through when I handed it to my wife to proof. At 11:45 I snatched it out of her hands, whipped through her typo marks, loaded it into the portal form, and pushed submit at 11:56 pm on the last day in the last hour in the last minutes of the contest year. I did not allow myself to throw in the towel, I did not let my fear that I wouldn't make it shut me down. I finished a story. I sent it in before the deadline.

That was my winner.

Get your stories in! It's the only way to win!

All the beast to our Forum! May we rock Q4 in Volume 37!

Wulf Moon
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JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : September 29, 2020 5:41 am
Agathon
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I hit the submit button three minutes ago! I have stories submitted for Q3, Q4, and two others to magazines. Four times the waiting! I hope I never get used to it!

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Agathon McGeachy
Figure Sculptor, Mechanical Designer, Reformed Rakehell, Writer
Vol 37, Q2: HM
Vol 37, Q3: HM
Vol 37, Q4: HM
Vol 38, Q1: R
Vol 38, Q2: the waiting is the hardest part
Now in print: NIWA 2020 Anthology 'Escape' available on Amazon
Coming soon: NIWA 2021 Anthology 'Forbidden'

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Posted : September 29, 2020 7:20 am
Dustin Adams
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True story:

This is maybe 10 years ago. A good friend is a manager at Mohonk Mountain House in NY. Stephen King is a regular for when he needs to get away and finish his novels.

Next day at the complaint desk a customer is raging: "I didn't sleep a wink because that Mr. King was up all night reading his novel aloud!"

His. Entire. Novel.

Since I heard that story I read everything aloud before submitting. It's a good habit to get into.
I also print it in a different font so I can see things I don't catch from familiarity.
I always catch something new.

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 : September 29, 2020 7:35 am
Eagerink
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True story:

This is maybe 10 years ago. A good friend is a manager at Mohonk Mountain House in NY. Stephen King is a regular for when he needs to get away and finish his novels.

Next day at the complaint desk a customer is raging: "I didn't sleep a wink because that Mr. King was up all night reading his novel aloud!"

His. Entire. Novel.

Since I heard that story I read everything aloud before submitting. It's a good habit to get into.
I also print it in a different font so I can see things I don't catch from familiarity.
I always catch something new.

Wow!!!! wotf010 wotf015 I may just have to try that......

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Posted : September 29, 2020 9:06 am
babooher
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I've got one more person to look over what I think is my final draft and then I'm submitting. Definitely different than anything I've tried before.

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 : September 29, 2020 9:09 am
babooher
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I'm in.

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 : September 29, 2020 12:31 pm
Beth Powers
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I submitted earlier today!

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 : September 29, 2020 12:33 pm
RabenWrites
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And my first submission is in! At this point I don’t even mind the results. The dopamine from hitting submit will carry me through this one. Expectations can go up next volume.

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Posted : September 29, 2020 3:09 pm
Dustin Adams
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Posts: 997

In!

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 : September 29, 2020 9:55 pm
HermioneLee
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On 9/30...
Fingers crossed for all forumites who entered Q4!
Good luck Smile
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Posted : September 30, 2020 12:35 am
Reigheena
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After:
1 year of work
4 major drafts (which include scrapping the entire second half, and changing the POV)
3 rounds of beta readers

I am in.

I expect my rejection in three months.

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Posted : September 30, 2020 12:51 am
HermioneLee
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After:
1 year of work
4 major drafts (which include scrapping the entire second half, and changing the POV)
3 rounds of beta readers

I am in.

That's a lot of work! Congrats on finally finishing and submitting it
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Reminds me of a story I wrote that went through ten revisions...

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Posted : September 30, 2020 12:53 am
KD Julicher
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Get those stories in! Pre-congratulations to the eventual Q4 winners, I look forward to meeting you!

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 : September 30, 2020 1:46 am
chuckt
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Posts: 419

Last day kiddos. I'm polishing, pondering, and spicing her up.

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

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Posted : September 30, 2020 3:03 am
Valiant
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Just submitted. Didn't think I would be able to write a new story for this quarter due to health issues, so it feels like quite an accomplishment this time around.

Good luck everyone!

37-2: R 37-3: HM 37-4: HM
38-1: F 38-2: --

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Posted : September 30, 2020 3:13 am
CCrawford
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Just submitted. Didn't think I would be able to write a new story for this quarter due to health issues, so it feels like quite an accomplishment this time around.

Good luck everyone!

Great job, Valiant! That really is an accomplishment.

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 : September 30, 2020 3:18 am
IStanhope
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I submitted a few weeks ago, but it still feels surreal to me. Congrats and best of luck to everyone participating in this quarter!

SHM x2
HM x1

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Posted : September 30, 2020 7:26 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Posts: 1115

In!

YES!

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 30, 2020 7:27 am
RETreasure
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I can do turnarounds today—as of right now. My queue is currently empty. So for you last minute subbers I can do last minute crits if anyone needs! Obviously if I get twelve emails I’ll have to prioritize.

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 30, 2020 7:42 am
Shockhawk
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I caught a cold and was quarantined for fear of COVID so I cranked out 3,500 words in the last two days. I read it out load one time and then sent it in.... no proof readers :(... I was gonna take a break this quarter because we moved (which always takes a ton of time on both ends - packing and then unpacking and getting settled).

Anyways I'm glad I entered a story after all but I don't have a lot of high hopes for it to win this time around... maybe after I get it proofed by a few individuals I can resend it again in the future as a polished story... still have lots of hope for last quarter though Smile

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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