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Joe Benet
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DreamForge accepts simultaneous submissions. My current quarter WotF submission meets the DF criteria. However, if DF accepts it, they would publish the magazine before WotF's next anthology. In fact, they would publish before I even received the results from WotF.

In the event my story places this quarter, would WotF then reject it, or would they still publish "second rights"? DF does not pay the pro rate, if that matters.

Edit: I now see the last line of Rule 3. "Entries may not have been previously published in professional media."

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Posted : September 17, 2022 11:36 am
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WotF does not accept simultaneous submissions. So, while DF does, you still shouldn't submit a story already under consideration at WotF. If you're going to submit simultaneously, make sure you're submitting to all markets that allow that. So, if you submit a story to DF and somewhere else, the somewhere else must also accept simultaneous submissions.

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Posted : September 17, 2022 1:17 pm
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@ajschults6 is spot on. Having your story published or accepted elsewhere will disqualify it from consideration at Writers of the Future. It would suck to have a winning story then have to tell Joni that it had been accepted elsewhere. You would lose out on the biggest win ever. 

Also, Writers of the Future does not have a standard way of retracting your story if it gets accepted elsewhere. So even ‘taking a chance’ and simultaneously submitting, you have no way to retract your submission without talking to Joni and admitting that you simultaneously submitted. 

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Posted : September 18, 2022 1:49 pm
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Posted by: @lost_bard

Also, Writers of the Future does not have a standard way of retracting your story if it gets accepted elsewhere. So even ‘taking a chance’ and simultaneously submitting, you have no way to retract your submission without talking to Joni and admitting that you simultaneously submitted. 

And making extra work for Joni is impolite. I suspect she would be happy for you, but it's still extra work.

Everyone makes their own decisions. To me, the chance to make a pro sale, get a cash prize, and attend the workshop and gala outweighed the reward at any other market, with one exception: when Analog started buying my stories, I felt it was a matter of loyalty that I send them my stories first. It was a close call with "Unrefined", my winning story. It was a perfect Analog story, but my gut told me to send it to WotF.

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Posted : September 18, 2022 8:19 pm
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Posted by: @lost_bard

@ajschults6 is spot on. Having your story published or accepted elsewhere will disqualify it from consideration at Writers of the Future. It would suck to have a winning story then have to tell Joni that it had been accepted elsewhere. You would lose out on the biggest win ever. 

Also, Writers of the Future does not have a standard way of retracting your story if it gets accepted elsewhere. So even ‘taking a chance’ and simultaneously submitting, you have no way to retract your submission without talking to Joni and admitting that you simultaneously submitted. 

Sadly, this has happened, and the writer had to admit they just sold the story elsewhere. Bad trade. And bad practice.

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Posted : September 18, 2022 8:19 pm
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