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by preston
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 10
Views: 234

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

That's me. I'm Topanga Canyon. When I found this out, it was one of the biggest shocks of my life. It was like I had a secret identity I didn't even know about. The stories I could tell you! And I fully intend to tell them all. The good news is: I didn't give up forever. I came back, and my stories ...
by preston
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

Yeah, I agree, an HM doesn't guarantee publication. Some forumites have mentioned that even their finalists haven't sold. Still, receiving an HM (silver or otherwise) is an undeniable good sign that the story has at least some merit. I've sold half of my HMs. I've sold a few rejects too. And yes, kn...
by preston
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 260
Views: 7350

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I've only re-entered the same story once. HM to reject. Still haven't broken the HM barrier, but I'm not giving up. I wonder who holds the record for most entries? Probably some people out there who have entered a hundred times.
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 260
Views: 7350

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I keep forgetting to report in here, but I submitted on September 29th, and I just received the confirmation a few minutes ago, so I'm in for Quarter 4! I first entered the contest 10 years ago this quarter, and I've only missed one quarter since--this is my 40th entry wotf024 Wow, that's determina...
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 31
Views: 842

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Finished my first draft. No more procrastinating for me. wotf024
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What does "win" mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 234

Re: What does "win" mean?

And there's a few people who've won both the writing contest and the illustrating contest. Though none has ever illustrated their own story. Now, that would be sweet!
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What does "win" mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 234

Re: What does "win" mean?

Winning is placing. It means Joni asks you if you're sitting down. Words I have yet to hear. However, published finalist is not a win, but grants almost all the benefits of a win, plus you can keep entering. I love Eric James Stone's method. His Q4 was the published finalist, and around the time he...
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 9559

Re: Story Titling

I love a good title. To me the perfect title is short, memorable, poetic/lyrical, original, contains concrete images, and has a double meaning, or a new perspective after reading the story. A minor sampling of some great WOFT winning titles: Adjusting the Moon, by Kerawynn Long (IX) Winter Night, Wi...
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

I'm pretty sure the shortest WOTF winning story is "The Disambiguation of Captain Shroud" by Gary Shockley. I don't have the book in front of me, but if I remember correctly, it's like two-three pages. It's definitely a flash piece. It won first place. An even shorter flash story is a fin...
by preston
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1201

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I will submit.
by preston
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 260
Views: 7350

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I'm in. Good luck, everyone. I'm expecting to see more forumite finalists this quarter. Yeah, I'm talking to you! wotf009
by preston
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 260
Views: 7350

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Just curious. What happens when WOTF just gets too big for Dave to handle the load? Will they get a second "gate keeper"? Does he actually have slush readers or does he really glance at every single story? I can imagine that working in the past, but with the competition gaining popularity...
by preston
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Condolences and congrats Kristy, Peony and KD. I hope you get to be published finalists! That would be awesome. Or winning the next quarter! You can do it!
by preston
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Congratulations finalists and all! Yay!
by preston
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3855
Views: 710593

Re: Success!

wotf013 And I've actually sold another story but I can't say where as yet. Okay I know this looks swollen-headed but in the first half of this year I couldn't sell a story to save my life! It's just like London buses - nothing for ages and then a whole lot at once. When the last of these is publish...
by preston
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Rejected...I'm on a streak!
by preston
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 22723

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congratulations, Amy! Looking forward to reading your 2nd place winner.
by preston
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Past Quarter Statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 552

Re: Past Quarter Statistics

"Several thousand," per quarter, and that's a direct quote.
by preston
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines

I agree that in most cases, mentioning that the story you are submitting earned an HM is a definite no-no. IMHO, this is particularly true for pro and semi-pro publications, which as a rule, are not impressed by cover letters mentioning publications that are anything less than pro. Some pro editors ...
by preston
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

I'm pretty sure the shortest WOTF winning story is "The Disambiguation of Captain Shroud" by Gary Shockley. I don't have the book in front of me, but if I remember correctly, it's like two-three pages. It's definitely a flash piece. It won first place. An even shorter flash story is a fina...
by preston
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Results
Replies: 3
Views: 453

Re: Contest Results

R HM SHM SF Finalist R is reject. It can mean your entry doesn't meet requirements (ie: you put your name on your manuscript) or more likely, it means your story didn't hold the interest of the judge. (there are thousands upon thousands of these) HM is honorable mention and means your story made it ...
by preston
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3855
Views: 710593

Re: Success!

Congratulations on the recent successes, folks, especially jficke13. First sale is the best sale, and I'm looking forward to hearing the details! I have a flash piece out today in T. Gene Davis's Speculative Blog: Anchor and Key . It's basically my love letter to libraries. wotf008 I always enjoy y...
by preston
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 15015

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

I'm in...pretty sure I'll get another R as it's kind of a trunky story, but who knows? I have got to stop procrastinating. Deadlines, ugh!
Must start working on next story now.
Good luck, all!
by preston
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 22723

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Yeah, no matter how many times I get an R, it still hurts. But it also inspires! And there's always the next quarter. Thanks, Alicia!
by preston
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 22723

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I'm out. I think I've lost my mojo. wotf018
by preston
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 22723

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Incoming. The Grinder is showing one rejection. Long live Thursday!
by preston
Thu May 25, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 21900

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Jeremyteg wrote:I literally just got off the phone with Joni, and I now have permission to announce that

wotf059

As in, FIRST PLACE!


That is awesome! Congratulations. I can't wait to read your first place winning story!

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