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by MattDovey
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11029

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Winners announced! And the first place winner represents something of a first AFAIK--she's married to a former winner, Eric James Stone. We're usually joking when we say WotF is like a family...
by MattDovey
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11029

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Just heard back from Joni. I'm not a winner, but they did ask to hold my story for potential inclusion in the anthology. Also, Tim Powers apparently loved it, so I'm pretty darn geeked about that. wotf007 Blimey, that was quick. Commiserations on not placing, but you never know with PF; it's worth ...
by MattDovey
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: RIP Dr Pournelle
Replies: 2
Views: 62

RIP Dr Pournelle

News broke over the weekend that Dr Jerry Pournelle, long time collaborator of Larry Niven and a WotF judge since (I believe) the very beginning, passed away in his sleep at age 84. Meeting him was certainly an experience, and I'm saddened that many of you will never have the chance now. There's few...
by MattDovey
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11029

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Congratulations Peony, Kristy and especially Kate, who clearly benefitted from sitting next to me at the v32 workshop ;) (just kidding, her and Dan are awesomesauce all on their ownsome, and if anything the transfer went the other way) Good luck with the next phone call, and with getting anything do...
by MattDovey
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 865860

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

amoskalik wrote:
storysinger wrote:
Even flabby birds squawked at the spooky snake under our woodshed.


Forever flabby birds squawked at the spooky snake under our woodshed.


Forever flabby birds lectured at the spooky snake under our woodshed.
by MattDovey
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 17944

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

And the results? Joni giggled. I got SECOND PLACE! *happy dance* If I understand correctly, that removes me as a contender for the Golden Pen, which means I can officially stop twitching and kick back until April. Woot! Congratulations :D It does indeed remove you from the running, and means you ha...
by MattDovey
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 865860

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Rebecca Birch wrote:A tabby cat slapped at the speckled donut on the dock.


A flabby cat slapped at the speckled donut on the dock.
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Surprise Endings
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Surprise Endings

If I had an easy answer to this, I'd be making thousands from running workshops wotf001 That said, from experience, I would say layer in more foreshadowing than you think you need. You'll think you're making it screamingly obvious, but that's because you already know; readers won't pick up on all yo...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines

Only insofar as a story with an HM must have something going for it, and has lifted itself above the noise somewhat. General advice is not to mention it in the cover letter, though; whilst an HM *is* an achievement, it's also (sorry) just a fancy rejection, and it's not good to mention other markets...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"
Replies: 10
Views: 315

Re: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"

sounds like yours is YA, rather than a Children's Story. Yes, it probably is. So is WotF an appropriate publication for a YA story? Offhand, I can't recall reading any winning stories that were targeted for a predominantly YA audience. The target audience is teenagers, though. It's hard to say. Jus...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 10
Views: 452

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Daniel Davis' v31 story was short, only 2-3k, and RM Graves' Freebot in v32 was 2.5k, for more recent examples. I don't think you could get away with shorter than that, because Dave is a plot structure nerd, and flash is too short to really work with that.
by MattDovey
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 397

Re: Finishing Stories

The only things of mine that have sold with no revision work have been <500 words (e.g. DSF, June 1 ), because they're small enough to hold the whole thing in my head and just blurt it out on paper. Revision is everything: and again, that may not be true for you, and I certainly know people whose fi...
by MattDovey
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 17944

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congrats to everyone getting certificates, especially amyhg on levelling up to the ultra-twitch and Rebecca on getting the full house of responses wotf007 has anyone else ever managed that before?
by MattDovey
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 397

Re: Finishing Stories

Am I setting myself up for failure for aborting so many potential stories instead of getting in the habit of completing one before moving on to the next? Sorry, but... yes. Endings are a huge, huge part of whether a story works or not. For every story I bump from slush at PodCastle, there's another...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters

My opinion: you can do it if it's a small portion of the work (I'm thinking of China Miéville and Perdido Street Station, where each section opens with a brief 1st person segment). If it's 1 chapter in 4, though, I think it would get annoying to switch so often. All this is, of course, opinion.
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 889

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

* Flash fiction doesn't count (not sure the word count that qualifies flash, maybe 1000?) I've a feeling they count flash as "2000 words or less", y'know. Certainly 1500 or less. The point is: WotF is set up as a contest for beginners because that's what LRH's will states. But it's in the...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 889

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

From Martin: "More than 3." I confirmed that with Joni just last April. 4 > 3, but 3 is not more than 3. Also keep in mind that the contest considers any story that's eligible for this contest (i.e., under 17,000 words) to be a short story when counting. When they discuss 2 short novels, t...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 889

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

Pretty sure Martin is the man to ask on this, as he was skirting ineligibility. I'll ping him on Facebook.
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 559

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

Well they bloody well paid me by my word processor's word count, not by the 6-character estimate... so I'd say ignore this. It's old fashioned advice.

If WotF suddenly send me a cheque for the other 30% I will be sure to come back here and report it!
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?
Replies: 13
Views: 576

Re: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?

... (and admittedly new) narrator for podcasts. Dude, I could listen to you narrate a dictionary . You, and James Earl Jones. I'm ready. Webster. Whereas for my money, I reckon Tina Connolly could make me cry reading the dictionary. Zyzzogeton she'd whisper, and tears would roll down my face. I may...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 17944

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

There should be a reason to keep reading in the first paragraph, and that reason should, generally speaking, be conflict. It doesn't have to be the story conflict--in fact, unless it's flash, it probably shouldn't be--but there should be something going wrong, ideally for the character but at least ...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?
Replies: 13
Views: 576

Re: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?

What everyone's said makes sense. I don't have much experience in the business of publishing, but I"m assuming being professionally published says a lot to editors about my ability. Then they can judge if that ability extends to their niche by reading the submission. For some reason I was thin...
by MattDovey
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?
Replies: 13
Views: 576

Re: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?

You'll only be defined by your winning piece if you allow yourself to be, continuing to write only in the way that you won with. I won with a fantasy, but that's not stopped me selling sci-fi. It's short fiction, so everyone expects range and variety anyway--and with WotF in particular, it's categor...
by MattDovey
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Question about rules - Publishing Story
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: Question about rules - Publishing Story

First up: I'm absolutely with the above, and agree you shouldn't submit unless simultaneous subs are explicitly allowed (e.g. we're okay with them at PodCastle). That said--WotF doesn't actually claim any exclusivity over the story. No mention of it at all in the contract. I'd subbed mine as a repri...
by MattDovey
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 889

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

Just to add--I believe it's the fourth *publication* that disqualifies you, not the fourth sale. So if that fourth pro sale takes a year to come out, you get a whole extra year to submit :)
by MattDovey
Wed May 10, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 51
Views: 11767

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

The Grinder stats generally represent about 10-20% of the writing population, anecdotally speaking. However... Flame Tree have a habit of sending acceptances first, rejections after (you can see the pattern on the recent responses on the Grinder). So I suspect those of us who have not yet heard anyt...
by MattDovey
Wed May 10, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Eligibility
Replies: 8
Views: 1185

Re: Contest Eligibility

Just seconding everything Dustin says above.

Also: Joni doesn't count flash. And Joni counts flash as anything <1.5k, I think (might even be 2k to be honest; something ludicrously generous, anyway)
by MattDovey
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Lightspeed Open for Fantasy Submissions
Replies: 6
Views: 6247

Re: Lightspeed Open for Fantasy Submissions

Only this month I'm afraid, till Apr 30. Though I'd aim for Apr 29--when Nightmare (JJA's other magazine) said they were open 15 Feb - 15 Mar, they closed at 00:01 on 15 Mar and caused much consternation...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 55
Views: 6081

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

It may amuse some of you to look at my story in the critters queue this week, because it's the story I wrote in the WotF 24 hour challenge last year, based on the stone Tim gave me: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/KD-Julicher-Matt-Dovey-_SMP9691.jpg Spoilers: it's not th...
by MattDovey
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters
Replies: 9
Views: 6123

Re: Cover Letters

From a slusher: you can only ever hurt your chances with a cover letter. I scan the cover letter for two pieces of info (relevant to PodCastle): word count and reprint/original. Some markets only take originals so you don't need to mention the latter; other markets also accept multiple genres, so me...

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