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Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
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Q1: October 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Q2: January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022
Q3: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Q4: July 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022

Results and link to the winners will post when judging is complete.

 

Last chance before the big Four Oh!

2x Finalist
2x Semi
8x Silver
10x HM
Finalist #2 Read it here!

 
Posted : June 1, 2022 11:19 am
DoctorJest
(@doctorjest)
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Whoo-ee! I've been working on my Q4 for the last month or so, as my Q3 is already in.

I'm leaning into a different style for this one, which is based in revising a story I wrote previously for the Contest, but passed over in favor of something different. And to get it right, I'm finding this is taking a considerable amount of effort. For something that feels like a simple little story, it's proving to be deceptively tricky to pin down just the way I want it to be! I've rewritten the opening three times so far, and I'm still not happy with the end.

It's all part of my burgeoning Grand Plan for the next five Quarters, though--starting with Q4.V39, and with a view through to Q4.V40, my plan is to specifically look at submitting in a style that's quite different to what I've done to date. This could all explode in my face, of course, but I think I'll get to take a lot out of doing it this way when it's all done. And I reserve the right to chuck my whole plan out of the window if I decide it's not giving me what I wanted. But that's my plan for the time being, at least...

DQ: 0 / R: 0 / RWC: 0 / HM: 10 / SHM: 6 / SF: 0 / F: 1
In for Q3.V39 and Q4.V39
Last four: HM • HM • SHM • SHM
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle

 
Posted : June 1, 2022 4:10 pm
JVAshley, JAbecker, Todd Jones and 5 people reacted
pdblake
(@pdblake)
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Ok, ok I'm editing now oooooo  

 

 

Playing Skyrim counts as editing right?

R:6 HM:6 SHM:2
My Blog

 
Posted : June 1, 2022 4:51 pm
JVAshley, Donovan Cedars, David Hankins and 1 people reacted
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
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Rob,

I can't imagine subbing in five different styles exploding in your face. nuclear   I mean, it's all practice, right? And since judging is subjective, it's up to you how you feel about the story, the style, how much you enjoyed the process, etc.

Worst thing that happens is you have five new stories!

2x Finalist
2x Semi
8x Silver
10x HM
Finalist #2 Read it here!

 
Posted : June 1, 2022 6:08 pm
JVAshley, Joni Labaqui, Ease and 2 people reacted
storysinger
(@storysinger)
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I just did three quarters in the fantasy genre, garnered an HM for a piece of flash. With the change to a new coordinating judge, I might have to go back to writing near future stories. That's where I'm most comfortable anyway. shrug  

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1
HM-V38/Q4
HM-V39/Q2
Published Poetry
2012 Stars in Our Hearts Notions
Silver Ships

 
Posted : June 2, 2022 5:13 pm
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
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Normally I'd say, "Write to your wheelhouse, man." But exploration is a good thing.

I might also say, if you want to win, write your strongest genre, the one you feel most comfortable in. But every story builds craft, regardless of the outcome.

Maybe it depends on what you want from results, or from the experience of writing that story.

Problem is, we can't predict results. So where do you want to spend your time?

Comfortable writing near future stories? Go for it!

I'm comfortable with and enjoy first person present. I went away from it for a while. That was OK, got some silvers, etc. But with my writing time, impossible as it seems, shrinking - I'm going to darn well write what I like the most.

And with that, I might have made Mr. Corbin Maxwell proud. toast  

2x Finalist
2x Semi
8x Silver
10x HM
Finalist #2 Read it here!

 
Posted : June 3, 2022 9:23 am
JVAshley, Joni Labaqui, Todd Jones and 3 people reacted
David Hankins
(@lost_bard)
Gold Member
 

Wait, we’re talking about Q4 already? I’m not even done with my Q3 yet!

Back to editing…

Winner, Volume 39, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Place
V38: HM, HM, SHM
V39: HM, 3rd Place

Published Stories:
"A Properly Spiced Gingerbread" in DreamForge Anvil Volume 7
"The Last Quest of Corbin the Coward" in Factor Four Magazine
"Reassessed Value" in Third Flatiron's After the Gold Rush Anthology

 
Posted : June 4, 2022 4:56 pm
G.L. Bertram
(@g-l-bertram)
Active Member
 

@lost_bard let me know if you want a critique exchange.

If you feel your story is in place, I can narrow my scope down to proofreading and line editing (I have a degree in editing, and I'd be happy to trade services)

2022 - Q3 - Submitted
Always open for critique exchange.

 
Posted : June 7, 2022 4:21 am
David Hankins
(@lost_bard)
Gold Member
 
Posted by: @g-l-bertram

@lost_bard let me know if you want a critique exchange.

If you feel your story is in place, I can narrow my scope down to proofreading and line editing (I have a degree in editing, and I'd be happy to trade services)

I appreciate the offer! I have a good writing group I’m exchanging with, some of whom provide line edits, but I may hit you up later. 

Winner, Volume 39, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Place
V38: HM, HM, SHM
V39: HM, 3rd Place

Published Stories:
"A Properly Spiced Gingerbread" in DreamForge Anvil Volume 7
"The Last Quest of Corbin the Coward" in Factor Four Magazine
"Reassessed Value" in Third Flatiron's After the Gold Rush Anthology

 
Posted : June 7, 2022 4:51 pm
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pdblake
(@pdblake)
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I'm ready. Just waiting for the calendar to catch up with me.

R:6 HM:6 SHM:2
My Blog

 
Posted : June 11, 2022 2:38 pm
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RETreasure
(@rschibler)
Gold Star Member
 

My story is ready to submit as soon as the portal opens. It's become a personal goal to have 3 pending at a time 😉

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: (P)F, SHM, F, F
V39: SHM, SHM, P, P
Always Available for 5-page Critiques
CV & Editing Services: www.rebeccaetreasure.com
Reviews & Short Stories: www.patreon.com/rebeccaetreasure

 
Posted : July 1, 2022 3:56 pm
Joni Labaqui, JAbecker, Todd Jones and 4 people reacted
Donovan Cedars
(@cedars)
Advanced Member
 
Posted by: @pdblake

Ok, ok I'm editing now oooooo  

 

 

Playing Skyrim counts as editing right?

Fus Ro Definitely!

HM, HM, R, HM, HM, HM, HM, HM

 
Posted : July 1, 2022 4:00 pm
pdblake
(@pdblake)
Silver Star Member
 

@rschibler me too. I'm sat twitching for Q2 and itching for Q4. 

R:6 HM:6 SHM:2
My Blog

 
Posted : July 1, 2022 4:47 pm
RETreasure reacted
Jason Toth
(@jason)
Silver Star Member Admin
 

Submission portal for Q4 is now open!!! This is cycle 39D (Volume 39, 4th quarter).

Good luck with your submissions and I am around if anyone has any issues.

 
Posted : July 3, 2022 6:52 am
pdblake
(@pdblake)
Silver Star Member
 

I'm in.

R:6 HM:6 SHM:2
My Blog

 
Posted : July 3, 2022 8:58 am
MountainSpud, DoctorJest, MarathonCoder and 1 people reacted
DoctorJest
(@doctorjest)
Gold Star Member
 
Posted by: @pdblake

I'm in.

Glorious! I'm waiting on crit feedback for mine right now, but I'm mentally nipping at your heels over here.

DQ: 0 / R: 0 / RWC: 0 / HM: 10 / SHM: 6 / SF: 0 / F: 1
In for Q3.V39 and Q4.V39
Last four: HM • HM • SHM • SHM
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle

 
Posted : July 3, 2022 3:31 pm
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Cray Dimensional
(@craydimensional)
Gold Member
 

Its going to be a little before I write Q4 story. I am brainstorming I ideas

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, HM, HM
V39: RWC, HM, P
"Amore For Life" in After the Gold Rush Third Flatiron Anthologies

 
Posted : July 3, 2022 7:36 pm
MountainSpud
(@jeschleicher)
Bronze Star Member
 

& I banged out a story. It might make the cut for this quarter. My quarter's best always goes to WotF. In the meantime, I'll send it out to some markets with quick turn-arounds and get cracking on another.

R X 3
HM X 6
SHM X 2

 
Posted : July 5, 2022 7:05 pm
Todd Jones
(@toddjones)
Bronze Star Member
 
Posted by: @doctorjest

Whoo-ee! I've been working on my Q4 for the last month or so, as my Q3 is already in.

I'm leaning into a different style for this one, which is based in revising a story I wrote previously for the Contest, but passed over in favor of something different. And to get it right, I'm finding this is taking a considerable amount of effort. For something that feels like a simple little story, it's proving to be deceptively tricky to pin down just the way I want it to be! I've rewritten the opening three times so far, and I'm still not happy with the end.

It's all part of my burgeoning Grand Plan for the next five Quarters, though--starting with Q4.V39, and with a view through to Q4.V40, my plan is to specifically look at submitting in a style that's quite different to what I've done to date. This could all explode in my face, of course, but I think I'll get to take a lot out of doing it this way when it's all done. And I reserve the right to chuck my whole plan out of the window if I decide it's not giving me what I wanted. But that's my plan for the time being, at least...

I agree about trying different styles. There may be a style that fits the way you tell a story, but you never tried it before. I’m also forcing myself to write a new story for each quarter. Even if I start one and don’t like it I get to put it on the digital shelf for later. Then start a new one.

 

I've recently done stories roughly in the genre sci-fi in space, fantasy sword-and-sorcery, sci-fi with magic, and now trying fantasy with magic. These stories have also used third-person, first-person, and third-person close. I’m learning a lot about how I write, how I like to write, and what doesn’t work for me.  

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right."~ Henry Ford

2021 - Q4 - V38 - HM
2022 - Q1 - V39 - SHM
2022 - Q2 - V39 - HM
2022 - Q3 - V39 - Submitted
2022 - Q4 - V39 - Weaving Tale

 
Posted : July 6, 2022 12:28 pm
Wulf Moon
(@wulfmoon)
Platinum Plus Moderator
 
Posted by: @toddjones

I've recently done stories roughly in the genre sci-fi in space, fantasy sword-and-sorcery, sci-fi with magic, and now trying fantasy with magic. These stories have also used third-person, first-person, and third-person close. I’m learning a lot about how I write, how I like to write, and what doesn’t work for me

After getting a string of certificates from HM to Semi with Dave, I got frustrated and decided to throw him curve balls, much like you both describe. It put me out of my comfort zone, but it also pushed my abilities to their limits. I finally wrote a YA story in first person that got me my win, even though I trained hard in 3P close over the years, and I’ve never considered myself an MG or YA author. But writers should experiment, and should write to the very edge of their abilities—that is how we grow.

If we stay the course and keep learning all we can as we write, we’ll eventually hit a level where our writing will sing to editors and judges. You’ll start seeing it here as you get those higher-tier certificates. You’ll see it at other publications when the editors start sending you personals. Eventually, as your skills keep improving, you’ll start making sales. Or hit finalist in this Contest, and obtain your win.

Keep learning the elements of working stories, keep working on execution, keep pushing your boundaries, and the rewards will come. Becoming a master of any craft takes years of practice and dedication. Experimentation is exploration. May it take your art to strange new worlds no one has seen before.

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

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Posted : July 6, 2022 3:34 pm
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RETreasure
(@rschibler)
Gold Star Member
 

In for Q4. This will likely be my last quarter as I've got my third qualifying publication coming out soon, and hopefully will either win or pro out (or both?!) before Q1 Vol. 40 opens up. Weird to think about. Best of luck to everyone!

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: (P)F, SHM, F, F
V39: SHM, SHM, P, P
Always Available for 5-page Critiques
CV & Editing Services: www.rebeccaetreasure.com
Reviews & Short Stories: www.patreon.com/rebeccaetreasure

 
Posted : July 8, 2022 7:20 pm
storysinger
(@storysinger)
Platinum Member
 

And onward you go Rebecca. You have earned the success you reap, well done.

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1
HM-V38/Q4
HM-V39/Q2
Published Poetry
2012 Stars in Our Hearts Notions
Silver Ships

 
Posted : July 8, 2022 7:25 pm
Wulf Moon, MountainSpud, N.V. Haskell and 1 people reacted
Joni Labaqui
(@jonilabaqui)
Advanced Member Moderator
 

@lost_bard We are now in quarter 4. Just to clarify, Quarter 1 is 1 October through 31 December, quarter 2 is 1 January through 31 March, Quarter 3 is 1 April through 30 June and quarter 4 is 1 July through 30 September. Why you ask. Well, the contest started on the 1st of October all those years ago. So that is why.  -- Best, the horses mouth - Joni 

 

 

 
Posted : July 8, 2022 7:47 pm
Cherrie, Wulf Moon, storysinger and 5 people reacted
czing
(@czing)
Silver Member
 
Posted by: @rschibler

In for Q4. This will likely be my last quarter as I've got my third qualifying publication coming out soon, and hopefully will either win or pro out (or both?!) before Q1 Vol. 40 opens up. Weird to think about. Best of luck to everyone!

Crossing my fingers for BOTH! 

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 - Pending

 
Posted : July 9, 2022 12:08 am
David Hankins
(@lost_bard)
Gold Member
 
Posted by: @jonilabaqui

@lost_bard We are now in quarter 4. Just to clarify, Quarter 1 is 1 October through 31 December, quarter 2 is 1 January through 31 March, Quarter 3 is 1 April through 30 June and quarter 4 is 1 July through 30 September. Why you ask. Well, the contest started on the 1st of October all those years ago. So that is why.  -- Best, the horses mouth - Joni 

 

 

Thanks, Joni! I was just being a bit sarcastic back in June when Dustin started the Q4 discussion thread. Working my Q4 story now!

Winner, Volume 39, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Place
V38: HM, HM, SHM
V39: HM, 3rd Place

Published Stories:
"A Properly Spiced Gingerbread" in DreamForge Anvil Volume 7
"The Last Quest of Corbin the Coward" in Factor Four Magazine
"Reassessed Value" in Third Flatiron's After the Gold Rush Anthology

 
Posted : July 9, 2022 1:38 am
Scott_M_Sands
(@scott_m_sands)
Gold Member
 

@rschibler 

I love that a number of very successful writers have won the contest.
I also love that a number of very successful writers submitted to the contest, but prod out.

You had three Finalists in the same WOTF year. THREE! Amazing. Surely not many others have done that.
I look forward to reading your next story. grinning  

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, R, HM
V39: HM, HM

 
Posted : July 9, 2022 4:12 am
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DoctorJest
(@doctorjest)
Gold Star Member
 
Posted by: @jonilabaqui

@lost_bard We are now in quarter 4. Just to clarify, Quarter 1 is 1 October through 31 December, quarter 2 is 1 January through 31 March, Quarter 3 is 1 April through 30 June and quarter 4 is 1 July through 30 September. Why you ask. Well, the contest started on the 1st of October all those years ago. So that is why.  -- Best, the horses mouth - Joni 

Huh! That's actually really interesting. I'd always just assumed it was Q1 because it was judged (very broadly speaking) in the first quarter of the year...

DQ: 0 / R: 0 / RWC: 0 / HM: 10 / SHM: 6 / SF: 0 / F: 1
In for Q3.V39 and Q4.V39
Last four: HM • HM • SHM • SHM
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle

 
Posted : July 9, 2022 6:14 am
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
Gold Star Member
Topic starter
 
Posted by: @lost_bard
Posted by: @jonilabaqui

@lost_bard We are now in quarter 4. Just to clarify, Quarter 1 is 1 October through 31 December, quarter 2 is 1 January through 31 March, Quarter 3 is 1 April through 30 June and quarter 4 is 1 July through 30 September. Why you ask. Well, the contest started on the 1st of October all those years ago. So that is why.  -- Best, the horses mouth - Joni 

 

 

Thanks, Joni! I was just being a bit sarcastic back in June when Dustin started the Q4 discussion thread. Working my Q4 story now!

Cool origin story. I'm with Rob. Makes sense to start it three months ahead to judging is done early for the release. Although I guess you can choose when that release is, so...

I always start the thread one month before the quarter starts, so I'm literally in the fifth dimension with these start and end dates. 🤯 

 

2x Finalist
2x Semi
8x Silver
10x HM
Finalist #2 Read it here!

 
Posted : July 9, 2022 10:05 am
Joni Labaqui, storysinger, RETreasure and 1 people reacted
RETreasure
(@rschibler)
Gold Star Member
 

@scott_m_sands I'd love to know if it was a record, but not enough to dig back through 38 years of records and figure it out giggle  

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: (P)F, SHM, F, F
V39: SHM, SHM, P, P
Always Available for 5-page Critiques
CV & Editing Services: www.rebeccaetreasure.com
Reviews & Short Stories: www.patreon.com/rebeccaetreasure

 
Posted : July 9, 2022 3:35 pm
Scott_M_Sands, storysinger, MountainSpud and 1 people reacted
czing
(@czing)
Silver Member
 

Woke up yesterday morning with two words in my head and just the fraction of a dream fragment. I have since written 5100 words of a story triggered by those two words (and so far I'm pretty happy with those words). I figure there is about another 2.5K or so to wrap it up then editing - maybe it will be done in time for Q4. 

Although I also revisited several story stubs that I've had sitting around for a while and was surprised that a few of them were actually pretty decent and just need a little finalizing and some editing. Maybe I'll try to set myself a goal of getting three more stories into submission ready shape by the end of this quarter. It will be good to get more stuff into the rotation.

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 - Pending

 
Posted : July 11, 2022 9:06 pm
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