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SwiftPotato
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Looks like we're missing the Monday prompt. Okay, I've got a good one, and if you write a flash to this prompt, you could receive a wonderful reward. I'll let that be the teaser. You'll just have to trust me.

Your Monday writing prompt is: BLOOD SUCKER.

Have at it! More on this to come.

Beastmaster Moon

Moon (and fellow challenge takers), I can't apologize profusely enough for dropping the ball today. Thank you for putting the prompt up for me. Won't happen again.

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
Stories in Apocalyptic, Cossmass Infinities, and Podcastle

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Posted : January 13, 2020 7:52 am
Henckel
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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all sub-standard levels of intelligence… without further ado, I give you my very very very late responses to the last set of questions.

1. 17 years.
2. What more could you do that you haven’t tried yet or you haven’t done?
3. He read the anthologies.
4. He didn’t win but his wife gave him an encouraging nudge to continue.
5. He won!!!
6. His finalist story was picked up by Analog. They published. Brad won the Reader’s Choice award. A chorus an angels popped in an 8-track and boogied down to ‘Stayin Alive’.
7. Dragon Award.
8. He trained him to write to write fresh stories to deadlines. Now, he works hard for the money. So hard for the money.
9. Write you do. Learn more you will. Or fail you may.
10. Ya get stuck. They just need to … let it go. Let it go.
11. Yep
12. Releasing their krakens
13. Persistence. Perseverance. Courage.
14. Rather than reciting back Brad’s answer, here’s my thoughts. I believe writing story stories teach us exactly the skills we need for longer novels by practicing concepts, such as: structuring, emotional investments, reader’s sympathy, character arcs, pacing, writing vibrant prose, maintaining POV, learning generally what stories work and which don’t. We may present these entirely differently in a short story than a novel, but the fact remains, we’ve learned them. And once we’ve gained these skills, we can hone them to whatever form we need. …..Also, writing short stories gives us the ability to practice the whole process (drafting, revising, editing, submitting, starting over) a hundred times over in the same amount of time that writing 1 novel would take. Those hundred times of practice are far more valuable.
15. A crazy little thing called Writers of the Future.
16. One million dollars (words)
17. Over-polishing when there are so many other krakens ready to be whelped.
18. Ones where you can engage with editors, writers, publishers. Recommends Superstars.
19. The lack of good professional advice to steer them.
20. Know what you like to read. Read them. Study them. Be the story.
21. I think I’m on the right track. From here, it’s a matter of continued practice, practice, practice. Continue toward my million words. Put my characters in pain. Light them on fire and give them a bowl of vegan chicken soup to put it out with. An in the end we shall all meet at the lemonade stand and ask the man running the stand… “Hey, got any grapes?”
fistinair

(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 – tba

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2019 Writing Bloc Cooperative – Escape Anthology
2020 Sci-Fi Lampoon – Winter 2020 Issue

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Posted : January 13, 2020 8:36 am
Retropianoplayer
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Henckel, in your salutation, you forgot to mention: Piano players with sub-standard computer technology ability. We have to be intellectually objectively correct about these things, lol.
Just kidding.
Best,

Retro

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Posted : January 13, 2020 9:27 am
Henckel
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Ha! Ha!
I work govt procurement. IP is the bane of my life.

(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 – tba

Publications
2019 Writing Bloc Cooperative – Escape Anthology
2020 Sci-Fi Lampoon – Winter 2020 Issue

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Posted : January 13, 2020 10:04 am
CCrawford
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Moon (and fellow challenge takers), I can't apologize profusely enough for dropping the ball today. Thank you for putting the prompt up for me. Won't happen again.

Leah, you and Moon both work super hard for all of us... I, for one, just assumed it was coming later or something because you were busy. No harm done! I appreciate what Moon is doing here and everything you're doing to help!

v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, SHM
V38: SHM, ??
Indie author of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth), and the upcoming Leyward Stones series. http://ccrawfordwriting.com
I also have a newsletter and a blog!
Upcoming short story publication in DreamForge Anvil, sometime in 2021!

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Posted : January 13, 2020 11:02 am
Retropianoplayer
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Swift Potato, don't lose sleep over this. Please! We're all aware you take the Keeper Of The Records seriously.

Today is January 13th, 2020 – a time to celebrate your enormous success (unprecedented, in fact) in WINNING WOTF on your first try. That's a hard one to top, and you deserve a feather in your cap. It's also a time to start writing your acceptance speech when you stand before the podium (and the world, no pressure) and charm us with your prose.

All the Best,

Retro

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Posted : January 13, 2020 11:31 am
SwiftPotato
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Thanks for being so patient with me, all. Been doing lots of extracurricular activities lately, especially pre-launch stuff for WotF, and I need to get back to bullet journaling and checking my schedule daily!

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
Stories in Apocalyptic, Cossmass Infinities, and Podcastle

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Posted : January 13, 2020 1:40 pm
Thegirlintheglasses
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Gee-whizz guys, I'm behind!

Retro, Starreacher, Heckel, I do appreciate the support. You guys make me so happy to be here. Makes my heart all pitter-pattery to be surrounded by good friends.

Heckel, I did pick up your book. Fun title!

Late congratulations all around! What a nice roster Wulf posted with results. I think we are getting there! (And one of us already GOT THERE! *nudge nudge* Leah)

AHHHH! My eyes, my eyes!!! Skip the Star Wars post! Lol!

Cool bit on the wolves though. I like our mascot 😉

BLOOD-SUCKER? Reward? Intriguing. May have to set aside my current idea for this one lol.

And now for what I have done:

Assignment: Brad Torgersen Discussion

1. 17 and many, many rejections

2. “What more could you do that you haven’t tried yet or you haven’t done?“

3. He read the anthologies. (Hmmmmm, who else says that?) Know thy judge.

4. Nope. His wife said to keep trying so he did.

5. He won. That's encouraging

6. Analog picked it up and he won the Reader’s Choice award.

7. The Dragon Award.

8. He learned how to work under a deadline and produce new work every single quarter instead of endlessly polishing the same old piece.

9. Writers learn more from producing new.

10. Re-working old stories. (he goes 3 passes, then done)

11. You, silly!

12. Not sending work out. (Guilty)

13. Persistence.

14. Brevity. Keeping the reader engaged with powerful prose from page one. (which he said will translate to blurbs and such)

15. Writers of the Future—winning in 2009

16. Around one million words.

17. Polishing the same old story. Start writing new.

18. Ones where you rub shoulders with professionals—where you can engage them. Superstars. Yes, Wulf 😉

19. Not talking to professionals (ACTUAL professionals).

20. Study the stories you love. Writing isn’t as hard as storytelling. Figure out what makes them work.

21. GAHHH! There’s really good advice through all of this and it all goes hand in hand with what we’ve been learning with Wulf. I feel I am producing new stories. And I’m starting to send them out. Those feel like big wins and I’m getting closer to my goals. Thank you!
What I haven’t done as well as I’d like is STUDY THE STORIES I LOVE. It’s really easy to become busy and not find the time. I mean, I read, but do I really READ? Story structure, implementing formulas, understanding the logic (intellectual or emotional payoff) that makes a story work is something I’m still grappling to nail/make sense of. I’m getting better, but sitting down and analyzing short stories will help me tremendously. So…I need to READ MY MARKET!

Brittany Rainsdon
R-SHM-HM-R-HM-R-F-F-HM-HM-SHM-HM-HM-SF-PF-2nd place!
Published Finalist Volume 37 Quarter 4
Second Place Volume 38 Quarter 1

First publication was "Perfectly Painted Lies" published in Deep Magic Spring 2021 and reprinted in the anthology, Best of Deep Magic Volume 2.
Learn more about me at rainsdonwrites.com

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Posted : January 13, 2020 3:13 pm
Wulf Moon
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Thanks for being so patient with me, all. Been doing lots of extracurricular activities lately, especially pre-launch stuff for WotF, and I need to get back to bullet journaling and checking my schedule daily!

No worries, Leah! You do great, and we all appreciate what you do as Keeper of Records, especially ME! It actually worked out, I had wanted to tell you to post that BLOOD SUCKER prompt but haven't had a spare minute to write you.

I encourage ALL of you to write a flash piece for that prompt! You'll be glad you did.

Mysteries abound...

Hey, our WotF Vol. 35 hit #1 in the Critters Poll for Best Anthology! Alas, our WotF Forum dropped to 2nd for Best Writers' Forum. But our little SUPER SECRETS Writing Workshop is still #1. The big final push happens tomorrow, last day, so who knows what will happen, but thank you all for supporting the categories that hold things you loved in the industry in 2019, whatever they might be! If you forgot to vote, there's still one last day!

All the beast!

Beastmaster 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" wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss "Shaken, Not Stirred" & "Behind the Scenes" & "Nail Your Opening" 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!

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Topic starter Posted : January 13, 2020 3:22 pm
Thegirlintheglasses
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Wanted to do a quick shoutout while there's still time.

I know we all appreciate the work Wulf has put into SUPER SECRETS, and sometimes it seems there isn't much we can do to say thanks. Right now, though, the Critters poll is a really good way to say THANK YOU. Anyone can vote. Wulf currently sits in #2 for the author category. If you haven't voted for Wulf and you appreciate what he's done here (and elsewhere), please take a minute and vote on the link below. Polls close tomorrow at midnight.

http://critters.org/predpoll/author.shtml

He won't ask for this one, so I'm asking. Bluntly.

wotf009 Wishing you the best, Wulf!

*note, I voted last year and can promise, there is no spam that comes from voting. You get an email making sure you are a human confirming the vote. That's it. No more mail. Now go vote lol

Brittany Rainsdon
R-SHM-HM-R-HM-R-F-F-HM-HM-SHM-HM-HM-SF-PF-2nd place!
Published Finalist Volume 37 Quarter 4
Second Place Volume 38 Quarter 1

First publication was "Perfectly Painted Lies" published in Deep Magic Spring 2021 and reprinted in the anthology, Best of Deep Magic Volume 2.
Learn more about me at rainsdonwrites.com

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Posted : January 13, 2020 3:26 pm
CCrawford
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Wanted to do a quick shoutout while there's still time.

I know we all appreciate the work Wulf has put into SUPER SECRETS, and sometimes it seems there isn't much we can do to say thanks. Right now, though, the Critters poll is a really good way to say THANK YOU. Anyone can vote. Wulf currently sits in #2 for the author category. If you haven't voted for Wulf and you appreciate what he's done here (and elsewhere), please take a minute and vote on the link below. Polls close tomorrow at midnight.

http://critters.org/predpoll/author.shtml

Done! Wulf, I hope you win!!

v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, SHM
V38: SHM, ??
Indie author of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth), and the upcoming Leyward Stones series. http://ccrawfordwriting.com
I also have a newsletter and a blog!
Upcoming short story publication in DreamForge Anvil, sometime in 2021!

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Posted : January 14, 2020 12:38 am
Retropianoplayer
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Already voted a while ago. Hope Wulf takes the gold.

The Girl In The Glasses, always nice to hear from you. Hope you're doing well and are in good spirits. I'm a broken record, lol, but I still see you on that stage.

Best,

Retro

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Posted : January 14, 2020 5:47 am
RETreasure
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https://theshortstory.co.uk/competition ... mpetition/

All of you doing the flash prompts regularly - this is a good opportunity for you!

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : January 14, 2020 5:58 am
AjZach
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Thanks for being so patient with me, all. Been doing lots of extracurricular activities lately, especially pre-launch stuff for WotF, and I need to get back to bullet journaling and checking my schedule daily!

No worries, Leah! You do great, and we all appreciate what you do as Keeper of Records, especially ME! It actually worked out, I had wanted to tell you to post that BLOOD SUCKER prompt but haven't had a spare minute to write you.

I encourage ALL of you to write a flash piece for that prompt! You'll be glad you did.

Mysteries abound...

Ok, I wrote the 999 words for this prompt as well. I'll get to the cuts in the next couple days!

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Posted : January 14, 2020 6:00 am
AlexH
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Hey, our WotF Vol. 35 hit #1 in the Critters Poll for Best Anthology! Alas, our WotF Forum dropped to 2nd for Best Writers' Forum.

That may be down to me! I'm a member of both forums. wotf015 It could all change...

My votes for best author, book, workshop etc. though - they're all very related to this forum! wotf008

https://theshortstory.co.uk/competitions/short-story-competition/

All of you doing the flash prompts regularly - this is a good opportunity for you!

It's well regarded in the UK, but entry is £9 (US$12). The winning stories I've read from that contest don't match up with anything I've read by a forum member either - but you don't know if you don't try! wotf008

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

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Posted : January 14, 2020 6:50 am
Wulf Moon
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Hey, our WotF Vol. 35 hit #1 in the Critters Poll for Best Anthology! Alas, our WotF Forum dropped to 2nd for Best Writers' Forum.

That may be down to me! I'm a member of both forums. wotf015 It could all change...

My votes for best author, book, workshop etc. though - they're all very related to this forum! wotf008

https://theshortstory.co.uk/competitions/short-story-competition/

All of you doing the flash prompts regularly - this is a good opportunity for you!

It's well regarded in the UK, but entry is £9 (US$12). The winning stories I've read from that contest don't match up with anything I've read by a forum member either - but you don't know if you don't try! wotf008

Alex, I am glad you are in both! Always vote for what you believe in, whatever it might be. That's the only way any readers' choice poll or contest matters, from Critters to Analog to the Hugos.

As for contests that require fees, that fee is a small one. If you think your writing has a shot, you are not losing much if it doesn't make it. Some contests give you subscriptions along with your fee, in effect, paying you back if you like the publication. But when they charge hefty sums, one has to step back and say is it worth it? Are enough winners getting paid from it? Or are they purely using it as a moneymaking scheme? Doing a little research can help one make good decisions.

Best to all of you in your writing!

Beastmaster 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" wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss "Shaken, Not Stirred" & "Behind the Scenes" & "Nail Your Opening" 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!

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Topic starter Posted : January 14, 2020 7:50 am
RETreasure
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If the grand prize weren’t so significant I’d have skipped it - but $12 for a potential $1300 prize is worth it, to me.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : January 14, 2020 7:51 am
AlexH
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Alex, I am glad you are in both! Always vote for what you believe in, whatever it might be. That's the only way any readers' choice poll or contest matters, from Critters to Analog to the Hugos.

I've bigged up WotF on the other forum so my conscience is clear. 😉

£9 is a big fee to me. This is possibly the most prestigious flash competition in the UK: https://bathflashfictionaward.com/ - also £9 and a £1,000 prize, with a deadline of February 6th.

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

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Posted : January 14, 2020 8:17 am
storysinger
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Good afternoon Leah. I've done the Blood Sucker prompt including the reduction to 500 and 249.
My plan is to do all the Monday prompts and the two fresh stories every quarter for the year.
That's a total of 60 stories for the year.
This is definitely an attainable goal.
I'm also editing my first novel between the other exercises.
Write on!

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1

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Posted : January 14, 2020 8:29 am
SwiftPotato
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Thanks, storysinger, got you down! That's a pretty crazy goal, but you seem to be doing pretty good so far. Keep on writing!

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
Stories in Apocalyptic, Cossmass Infinities, and Podcastle

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Posted : January 14, 2020 2:35 pm
Dustin Adams
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£9 is a big fee to me. This is possibly the most prestigious flash competition in the UK: https://bathflashfictionaward.com/ - also £9 and a £1,000 prize, with a deadline of February 6th.

300 and 400 word max? I just don't see it. Having read for EDF for a year I can say personally that stories that short were just concepts, and rarely got my thumbs up. Yeah, it's EDF, but there were a few famous names in the slush now and again.

Anyone have a link to something that short that they loved?

2x Finalist
2x Semi
5x 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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Posted : January 14, 2020 8:57 pm
RETreasure
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I've completed a flash story on the BLOOD SUCKER prompt. I accidentally wrote 1346 words, dangit, but will cut it down to 500 anyway.

As for the British flash competitions, I do suspect they're going to be more in favor of literary type flash, more like FFO than DSF, but a great story is a great story. https://bathflashfictionaward.com/category/winners/ There are the winners for last year.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : January 15, 2020 5:21 am
RETreasure
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SUPER Congratulations to Wulf Moon for winning "Best Author" in the Critters Reader's Poll! We know how hard he works, he really deserves this recognition. More, Super Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler won Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story, and OUR little Writing Workshop won Best Writers' Workshop! Wonderful stuff! We've always been grateful for your hard work and generosity on our behalf, and I personally love your writing Smile Congrats!

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : January 16, 2020 1:12 am
SwiftPotato
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To add on to this, since he's been too modest to mention it thus far: Moon's article from HOW I GOT PUBLISHED... also won best non-fiction article.

All these wins are hard-earned and well-deserved, Moon. Thank you for all the work you put into us and the heart you put into your stories. You've shown much kindness to the world of writing, and it's nice to see it giving back to you. Smile

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
Stories in Apocalyptic, Cossmass Infinities, and Podcastle

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Posted : January 16, 2020 1:28 am
chuckt
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Woot!

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

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Posted : January 16, 2020 2:01 am
ZeeTeeBeeZ
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Congrats to pack leader Moon!

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Posted : January 16, 2020 4:03 am
storysinger
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UPER Congratulations to Wulf Moon for winning "Best Author" in the Critters Reader's Poll! We know how hard he works, he really deserves this recognition. More, Super Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler won Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story, and OUR little Writing Workshop won Best Writers' Workshop! Wonderful stuff! We've always been grateful for your hard work and generosity on our behalf, and I personally love your writing Smile Congrat

To add on to this, since he's been too modest to mention it thus far: Moon's article from HOW I GOT PUBLISHED... also won best non-fiction article.

Wow! Congratulations to Wulf for receiving justifiable recognition. wotf010

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1

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Posted : January 16, 2020 4:10 am
Peter_Glen
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This is great news! GRATS Wulf!!

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Posted : January 16, 2020 4:50 am
Dustin Adams
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BEASTMODE!

2x Finalist
2x Semi
5x 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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Posted : January 16, 2020 5:23 am
Wulf Moon
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SUPER Congratulations to Wulf Moon for winning "Best Author" in the Critters Reader's Poll! We know how hard he works, he really deserves this recognition. More, Super Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler won Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story, and OUR little Writing Workshop won Best Writers' Workshop! Wonderful stuff! We've always been grateful for your hard work and generosity on our behalf, and I personally love your writing Smile Congrats!

Awww, thank you, challenge beasties! You are too kind. I am glad our little writing workshop is on the map--you guys deserve the recognition. Great things are happening here, and there's a reason for that. I set the bar high for this challenge, and I knew only the truly dedicated would dare accept it. My challenge will only work for people that believe in the system and work the system. Other writers and teachers have other methods, and I wish them well. This one is mine, but I do believe the proof is in the pudding, and that my philosophy echoes the likes of Heinlein, Pournelle, Brad Torgersen, and my mentor and contest judge, Dean Wesley Smith (his system is even more radical than mine!)

You guys believe. You guys are doing the work. You challenge beasties will reap the rewards.

And honestly, you've given me many rewards. You have run like a wolf pack, working as a team. You haven't bit me, haven't turned on one another, you recognize that together, this small band is your pack, and you will support it and defend it fiercely. Superstars is like this on a grander scale. They call it Tribe, and it works. Well, we're smaller. We're a pack. And when we work together as a coordinated unit, we can be lethal against powerful prey.

I taught this to my guild in Guild Wars, http://www.theforestguard.com . We were a Wolf Pack there, too. I built the entire guild structure around wolves and specialists and teamwork, just like Retro's wonderful post about how a wolf pack actually succeeds. They are amazing hunters. Lone wolves often die. Organized packs thrive.

I am very proud of all of you. You will do more great things this contest year. Why?

Because you aren't bucking against the knowledge, you are supporting one another...

...and you're doing the work.

Thank you all again. You stood by me and I stand by you.

All the beast!

Beastmaster 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" wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss "Shaken, Not Stirred" & "Behind the Scenes" & "Nail Your Opening" 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!

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