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by MattDovey
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do scene divisons hurt your chances in the contest?
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Do scene divisons hurt your chances in the contest?

If it's what works for the story, it's what works. Majority of stories in the anthologies are told in multiple scenes, numbering the scenes shouldn't be any different.
by MattDovey
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Re: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest

Seconding everything YM says above. In particular, singular they pronouns (and other neopronouns) are pretty well accepted across the board in most short markets now, and very few would have a problem with it, if any. "it might not appeal to a wider audience"--don't write for them. Write f...
by MattDovey
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: Held for consideration

As a writer I don't reply, unless (very rarely) there's an explicit request for "please let us know if this is okay". (Not sure if I've ever actually seen it, or am imagining it.) As a slusher, I don't mind a reply, but that's because (at PodCastle) bump notices usually go out from the slu...
by MattDovey
Wed May 30, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 11010

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

Well... aburt has rather overreacted to the introduction of GDPR and blanket-banned EU members from the site. I can visit, I can log in, but I can't view the queue. Which is rather unnecessary, as he clearly had consent for the basis of processing, but there it is: after five full years, I'm no long...
by MattDovey
Tue May 29, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format

SMF should include contact information unless guidelines explicitly state otherwise. I know Mike Resnick for one uses that contact info. A manuscript and a cover letter do not always travel hand in hand, if an editor reads on physical copies or an eReader, for example. FWIW if I'm submitting anonymo...
by MattDovey
Thu May 24, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221100

Re: Five Minute Rant

The Tobias Buckell essay Sataris references above went up on Apex yesterday, and everyone should read it. It's really good & important stuff: https://www.apex-magazine.com/how-i-lea ... let-it-go/

Incidentally, on related note to all this: PodCastle opens in a week ;)
by MattDovey
Thu May 24, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221100

Re: Five Minute Rant

Lukewarm would be someway of saying "send in another story" evidently editors who say that mean it and aren't just being nice or polite. Hot would be a personal comment, especially if it says you were close. FWIW this is what we do at PodCastle. There are 4 tiers of rejections, available ...
by MattDovey
Tue May 15, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19197

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Coulda sworn I'd posted this already, but it's not up there so I must not've clicked submit: congratulations both! Hell of an achievement wotf013 anything you want to ask about/talk about ahead of the workshop, my DMs are open on Twitter and my email's on my site. There's usually a group set up by N...
by MattDovey
Fri May 04, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 331
Views: 9228

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

. Constantly writing in my mind, rarely getting it typed up. For years that is how I wrote. I hardly ever typed out anything. A couple(literally) of times I tried I got stuck on which way the story should go, then it became too much like work. I've started thinking in Notepad for things like this--...
by MattDovey
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 797

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

Good reminder. This is probably why it's taken me 17 years to even submit a story. It's a 100% non-rejection rate for unsubmitted stories. A rejection is closer to success than an unsubmitted non-rejection. wotf011 Every published writer gets rejections and acceptances. Therefore, if you get a reje...
by MattDovey
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221100

Re: Five Minute Rant

Got a rejection today... yet another in a long string of form rejections. I know these folks don't have time to spare for lowly folks like me, but this one tripped me up and got me in a funk all damned day. You asked for a specific style of story, I provided said story in that style (and really lik...
by MattDovey
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19197

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

(In fact, I've always wondered how they ever manage to agree on the same top 3). I know this is true for the Golden Pen, and I think it's true for the quarters as well: they rank them in order of preference, and then ASI tally up points from that. This was my great advantage of the v32 1st place wi...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966300

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Here's an idea, since Sean Hazlett dropped by (hi Sean!). Why don't we fill the short jaunt to 5000 with advice on how to win the contest from former winners. It can be something you did that turned the page, something you learned at the workshop, something someone told you on a critique, advice fr...
by MattDovey
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 2049

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

How much time are the illustrators given to finish their artwork for the stories? Maybe that's their 24 hour challenge? lol ~Morgan I think it's a few months--once the Q4 results are in around January and stories can be assigned, I guess. I know they submit a few sketches and the illustrator judge ...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 2049

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

Hello all, checking in briefly. They’ve got us running pretty hard, but we’re all in the midst of the 24 hour story right now. Let’s see what I can pull out of a hat being inspired by a single one dollar bill. Well by my calculations you only owe them 16 words at pro-rates; 17, if you're generous w...
by MattDovey
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805607

Re: Success!

I sold a story to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction . *faints* Blogged about it here: http://www.ympang.com/i-sold-a-story-to-the-magazine-of-fantasy-and-science-fiction/ It's close to April Fool's. Wouldn't blame y'all if you didn't believe me. Blimey! F&SF is my dream market, and I'...
by MattDovey
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 2049

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

I am definitely not cycling through the WotF facebook page & blog site & Twitter waiting for photos to appears so I can vicariously relive the week. Nope. Not me. Nuh uh. Have fun, you lucky sods, and make the most of it! (Also note that "make the most of it" includes "hiding ...
by MattDovey
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 1454

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Thousands of examples. Ender's Game started as a short. Flowers for Algernon started as a short. Martin is just turning his Clarkesworld short Today I Am Paul into a novel. I can't think of a flash turned into a short--which arguably compete more than shorts v novels--but chances are it would take ...
by MattDovey
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Rules of Writing
Replies: 8
Views: 754

Re: Rules of Writing

Never self reject. wotf011
by MattDovey
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Developmental Editor
Replies: 6
Views: 820

Re: Developmental Editor

Spencer Ellsworth is an excellent writer and excellent person, and currently open to work: http://spencerellsworth.com/editing-proofreading-services/ (I thoroughly recommend his space opera trilogy, btw, currently A Red Peace + Shadow Sun Seven with Memory's Blade out next month. This month? Soon, a...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805607

Re: Success!

I mentioned being accepted into an anthology of game-tie-in fiction a few months ago and the publisher finally announced it: http://azurekeep.com/portfolio/tales-of-ruma/ Looks like Dave and I are going to be anthology buddies again. /channels Matt Dovey and celebrates success whilst stabbing malic...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions About The Contest
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Re: Questions About The Contest

1. Nope. Just has to be speculative fiction.

2. No minimum, though flash length tends to be a harder sell. Maximum is 17,500 words i.e. novelette length.

3. I think so, but you would need an adult to accomany you on the trip if you win, I believe.
by MattDovey
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19619

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

But you're about to get the one I covet most of all--the Lexan Impaler! Seriously, doesn't anyone worry about tripping as they walk off the stage with that thing? They should instruct you to hold it point down, like scissors! : ) Cheers! ~Moon~ I still worry about dropping the things every time I p...
by MattDovey
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19619

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I've been in contact with Joni about other matters recently, and she is swamped with finishing up Q4 stuff, which I take to mean she is in the process of getting all of those certificates out to you lovely people. wotf008 "other matters", he says casually wotf001 *casually glances to the ...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19619

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Jeremyteg wrote:I've been in contact with Joni about other matters recently, and she is swamped with finishing up Q4 stuff, which I take to mean she is in the process of getting all of those certificates out to you lovely people. wotf008


"other matters", he says casually wotf001
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL
Replies: 3
Views: 563

Re: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL

I think discussions of faith are plenty fair game. Bear in mind that whilst LRH is obviously associated with Scientology, Dave Farland is a Mormon and Tim Powers is a Catholic, and the other judges run the gamut all the way to atheism too. Same as anything: treat the topic with respect and you shoul...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 688

Re: Conflict & Tension

Was it this post you were thinking of? I think conflict between the scene and the reader is absolutely possible. Conflict between what a reader expects, behaviour wise, and what your character is doing, provokes a particular kind of intrigue. Why is this sympathetically-presented character engaging ...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Word Counts
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Word Counts

I always go from the first word to the last word, without header or title, then work out how many # section breaks there are and subtract it, because I can't bring myself to be vague and approximate. But nearly every market just asks for "rounded to the nearest 100", so it doesn't really m...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 1313

Re: Magical Realism?

Clever about the scar on your arm. Ever tell how that really happened? Now where would be the fun in that? wotf011 Plus, choke, that story was great. Tina did a wonderful job reading it. Tina is an amazing reader. She does a lot at Escape Pod, but she also has her own podcast that's just started up...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 1454

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Thousands of examples. Ender's Game started as a short. Flowers for Algernon started as a short. Martin is just turning his Clarkesworld short Today I Am Paul into a novel. I can't think of a flash turned into a short--which arguably compete more than shorts v novels--but chances are it would take y...

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