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by preston
Tue May 22, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Thanks, Martin! I finally did it!
by preston
Fri May 18, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Aw, shucks, Alicia. You are sooo sweet. ***hands over a kleenex, then gets another for myself***
I really appreciate that. The afterglow still hasn't faded. I expect it'll remain for a very long time.
Everyone here has been so kind. I'm really really gonna miss entering each quarter.
by preston
Sun May 13, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Wow, Wulf! Wow to all of it. I hope you win before pro-ing out. Either way, sounds like you know the secret. Never give up.
by preston
Fri May 11, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Okay, you want inspiration. Take a peek at this. I wrote it in 2011. Just found it on my computer. Here it is as I wrote it 7 years ago. It's called: Why I Love This Contest (WOTF) By Preston Dennett I’m one of the losers. I’ve entered 17 times and haven’t received even so much as an honorable menti...
by preston
Fri May 11, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Thanks, Dyl. I hope so. The only thing stopping people from winning is not entering. Many people have won on their first try. Not me. It took me 47 tries! I literally typed the paint off the letters on my keyboard.
by preston
Fri May 11, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Oh and yeah, I contacted Dean years ago to see if I really was Topanga Canyon. He confirmed it. Now, after I won, I contacted him again to let him know I won second place in the WOTF. I knocked his socks flat off!!! He had some very nice things to say. True story.
by preston
Fri May 11, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congratulations, Preston! It is especially gratifying to see your win, because many of us know of your perseverance! I was really hoping for you, and I was not disappointed! I note the long gap in your start and final submitting phase in this contest, and as I recall, that was when you took a break...
by preston
Thu May 10, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Acceptable level of violence for contest entry?
Replies: 6
Views: 116

Re: Acceptable level of violence for contest entry?

David Farland (the judge) has said that violence is okay, but gross-out gore merely to shock the reader is a definite no-no.
by preston
Thu May 10, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

welp, took some time to let everything sink in, buuut wotf059 first place! looks like you and I will be getting better acquainted, Preston! Congrats again! in related news, when Joni called I gave maybe the weirdest response ever? it went something like this: oh god thank you so much this is amazin...
by preston
Thu May 10, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm in! Hoping to break my long rejection streak with this one. Maybe I'll get to add another HM to my little collection. And maybe, just maybe...well, we'll see. Good luck, everyone. Don't wait too long! The system always gets a bit wonky on the last day. Re-posting this to let you all know...you ...
by preston
Thu May 10, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Many of the winners have come from this forum, so I fully expect to see some of you at the workshop! I sure hope so!
by preston
Thu May 10, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Wow, you guys! Thanks so much for the congrats. I could never have done it without all of you. I learned more here on this forum and got more encouragement than anywhere else. This forum rocks, and you guys are all great. I just saw the blog they put up, and there I am! It's a good day, a very good ...
by preston
Wed May 09, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

wotf059 Second place! I still can't believe it. Got the call today at work. I screamed and cried. Joni is the sweetest person ever. I'm ridiculously excited. This was the 47th time I've submitted. I began submitting back in 1986-1992, then again in 2009-2018. It's been a very long journey. Here's my...
by preston
Tue May 08, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786886

Re: Success!

So much inspiring successes. Congrats to Ishmael and Michelle and Amoskalik! Keep it up!
by preston
Mon May 07, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

The judge, David Farland, has often said he first looks for three things when reading for this contest: an original trope, polished prose, and a strong story arc. He's mentioned many other things, such as vivid settings, a strong hook with speculative elements, believable characters, an emotional en...
by preston
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 1265

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Loved your story too, Jeremy, "The Minarets of An-Zabat." It was so suspenseful and original. Loved the vivid imagery, and your characters are so real.
by preston
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone submitting to UFO?
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: Anyone submitting to UFO?

I submitted one, and got the funniest rejection I've ever gotten. Still laughing over what Alex wrote. I am invited to submit another, so I'm scrambling. I've got something, but I'm not sure it's funny enough.
by preston
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 1265

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

So I just finished reading Volume 34, and I gotta say, it's very good. The WOTF anthologies never disappoint. They always contain stories that are just a bit quirkier and more inventive than other venues. ***SPOILER ALERT*** I'm going to talk a little about the stories. Not going to give anything aw...
by preston
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Thanks, Wulf & Michele. I really appreciate your kind words.
by preston
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 25
Views: 1581

Re: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35

There has been a correction. A finalist has been disqualified and my semi-finalist story has been moved up.
wotf058
by preston
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

There are strange things happening in the world. I got home tonight and there was a message my machine. It was Joni! She called to say that she knows she sent me my semi-finalist email, and she wanted to congratulate me. Then she said she has even better news for me. Turns out, one of the finalists ...
by preston
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats, Sataris. There's almost always a forumite finalist, and you is it! Best of luck on placing! Congrats to everyone, including the Rs. I just had three rejections in a row. Ugh! Still, I keep entering every quarter because you never know until the results come in.
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by preston
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

wotf057 I'm so happy! High five! Thanks, Dawn! It's my first ever. I've always wanted to use that sign. You've got to try it! When you post, just click on "View more smilies" below and to the right and it will bring up the sign. Congrats! I'm really looking forward to David's comments.
by preston
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 390
Views: 14687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

wotf057
I'm so happy!
by preston
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 94
Views: 3660

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I too am in. It's as polished as I can make it. All I can do is give it a pat on the back and tell it, "Go, little story, go! You can do it!"
Good luck, all! Don't wait until the last day. Submit!
by preston
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 116
Views: 5632

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

Entered. Okay, now to start the next one. Hmmm...
by preston
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786886

Re: Success!

Congrats on all the recent successes, guys! Keep it up! wotf010
by preston
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786886

Re: Success!

Thanks, guys. This is my second pro-level sale. Now for number three!

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