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by kentagions
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 148
Views: 9776

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Does anyone else do this? Yes. I will often have several stories in various stages of incompletion before concentrating on one shortly before the quarterly deadline. However, were I to teach the subject, I would recommend market research and targeted plots to achieve success in the industry. Read w...
by kentagions
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Email confirmation that the story will not be included.

Submitting elsewhere.

Keep writing. Keep submitting.
by kentagions
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 37
Replies: 33
Views: 4635

Re: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 37

Finalist held over for possible inclusion.

Out.

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by kentagions
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 37608

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Sorry, I'm still getting over my emotional blow. I didnt win. I'm finalist. Nothing more Hey buddy, I understand that hit. Mine was just a month ago. We'll drink to it someday. HOWEVER , please understand this. A best-selling author AND editor of a best-selling anthology judged your story fit for p...
by kentagions
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 37608

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

RabenWrites wrote: Any other advice as to how best polish a story that's already on the edge of one's skill set? Silver is great and shouldn't take much. You may want to read through with certain aspects of writing in mind. Sensory pass: In each scene - pick from the five (or six, etc.) senses that ...
by kentagions
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 37608

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Congratulations to at least one Finalist I know on the Forum.

And, I believe we have two.
by kentagions
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 37608

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

On The Grinder, I log R, HM, and SHM as Form Rejections (That is what they are). SF comes with critique, so it is a Personal Rejection. Unpublished Finalist, if there is a critique, is a Personal Rejection. Nonwinning Finalist held over for possible inclusion is Pending. (Knocking wood with crossed ...
by kentagions
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 37608

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

HM #12

Congratulations everyone. Early returns are looking good.
by kentagions
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: No Odds
Replies: 1
Views: 641

No Odds

Hi, I want to encourage you. Here goes. There are no odds to publication or to winning this contest. There is no equal chance of winning, so stop thinking about how many people might submit to a market or enter this contest. Stop thinking about numbers. Only good, well written stories get published....
by kentagions
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Thank you so much, ...peony.

Best of luck to you, too.

Kent
by kentagions
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

RSchibler wrote:
I had my fingers crossed for you.

Thank you! You know I'm in your corner, too.

Kent
by kentagions
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

KD Julicher wrote: I'll cross my fingers that you get to come in April for what's promising to be the biggest WOTF bash ever! Thank you for the info and the well-wishes. Wulf Moon wrote: You only get in that tiny circle because you have the skill. Thank you for the encouragement. You are both inspir...
by kentagions
Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

KD Julicher wrote: Kentagions, do you have news for us? I suppose. And a question for you. I finished out of the running. On the mixed and/or bright side, Joni said that my story came in 4th, and I have agreed to have it held over for possible publication. Mixed news because, as many of us know, &qu...
by kentagions
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

KD Julicher wrote: So you didn't get a gag order at all? I missed Joni's first call. We didn't speak until afternoon my time today (Monday). By the time we finally spoke, the only caution involved anonymity. Thank you so much for your support. And thank you for the tip on asking about judges - you'r...
by kentagions
Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 57707

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Great job, everyone. We only call it an R here on the Forum. In the contest, it is a DNP (Did Not Place). In life, it is a try...congratulations. You did something, perhaps out of your comfort zone, that many others think of doing but never attempt. Study, read, and try again because you are in the ...
by kentagions
Fri May 01, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 71847

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I have permission to announce! wotf059 wotf059 I got third place. Joni called me Monday and I’m still glowing. It feels so darn good to finally get the win. This piece was an HM a year ago. I made a small but crucial change, lopped 10% out of the first couple pages, and now it hits all the right no...
by kentagions
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 84187

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I hope the mailbox works out for you, Henckel. The certificate assassins have folded every one of mine.
by kentagions
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 84187

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I received my certificate today.

Take care, everyone. Best of luck.
by kentagions
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 84187

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Henckel wrote:
I had a look at escape pod for submitting my q3, but mine is Fantasy and they're mainly focused on sci fi.


Hi Chris,

Thank you for your support. In the same market "family," Podcastle is their Fantasy publication.

Kent
by kentagions
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 84187

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Escape Pod: Six-day personal rejection.

Next
by kentagions
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 84187

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Moon Wrote: I'll be curious to hear how these SHMs do as they make the rounds. My Q3 Silver Honorable Mention story has now received three form rejections from Clarkesworld (3 days), Asimov's (1 day), and F&SF (8 days). It is now off to another market. For those interested, this is fairly usual ...
by kentagions
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 84187

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Wulf Moon wrote: There's a third Forumite with a Silver as well, but that person doesn't comment here much these days. Hi Moon, I've never commented much on the quarterly discussion threads - just a twitch or two on relevant Thursdays. The result for my Q3, V36 entry is my first SHM and eleventh pla...
by kentagions
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 31
Views: 8332

Re: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

Submission: June 30

Result: SHM
by kentagions
Fri May 17, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma
Replies: 8
Views: 3221

Re: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma

Hi Julia, Why are we assuming that it is a Word problem? If you can return Word to its default settings, do so. Then, copy and paste somewhere else (Facebook, Grammarly, etc.). If a document can be copied and pasted elsewhere, then the email account is suspect. Try using one with a different browser...
by kentagions
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 71408

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

In my book, the chapter on submissions is titled 'Expect Delays.'
by kentagions
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out
Replies: 19
Views: 5015

Re: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out

This happens to me occasionally whether I plot or pants (discover). Damon Knight in Creating Short Fiction would say that Fred (his name for the subconscious mind) has a problem with something. There are a gazillion (That's 1 with as many zeros as you can imagine behind it) ways to get through it. R...
by kentagions
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Grounds for Disqualification
Replies: 9
Views: 3359

Re: Grounds for Disqualification

Watch the conjunction and . Pro rate + copies or hits. Rule 5, sentence 2: Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits. If you receive less than pro remuneration as they define it, then the number of copies or hits doesn't...
by kentagions
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 71408

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Me, just in. I don't normally mention when I submit but this one is special. Unsatisfied with other stories for this quarter, I spent eleven hours over two and a half days to write a shiny new one. It's the second one I've cooked, start to finish, in under three days. The last one received an HM. Go...

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