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by Chris533
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Past Quarter Statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Past Quarter Statistics

Are the number of contest entries for the last three or four years' quarters available anywhere?
by Chris533
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Surprise Endings
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Surprise Endings

Awesome advice -- thanks all!
by Chris533
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Results
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Contest Results

Thanks!
by Chris533
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Results
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Contest Results

What are all the possible contest results? I see lots of people with SHM - what is that? I think I've seen others that I don't know what they mean. And is R reject? If you don't win anything do you get a reject, or does that mean your entry didn't meet the requirements?
by Chris533
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"
Replies: 10
Views: 316

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

I was thinking about this. First, just because a book is about children doesn't mean it's a children's book. Second, if it's really good, and it's not a picture book or something clearly for very young children, I'd go for it. I just can't imagine them disqualifying something like Ender's Game, for ...
by Chris533
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines

Would it be safe to assume getting an honorable mention increases the odds of getting that story published somewhere? Are there any publications you know of that seem to especially like stories that get an honorable mention? Thanks -
by Chris533
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Long To Get The Certificate?
Replies: 1
Views: 108

How Long To Get The Certificate?

So, I got an email on July 7 saying I got an honorable mention for Q2 2017. This really got me motivated as it's the strongest positive feedback that I've ever gotten on my writing, and I'm back to writing again! I'm kind of excited to get the certificate - and was wondering about how long does it u...
by Chris533
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 10
Views: 452

How Short Is Too Short?

Any thoughts on how short would be too short for the contest? Any one know of any really short stories that have won? Say, about 2,000-3,000 words?
by Chris533
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"
Replies: 10
Views: 316

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

Funny - I was just wondering this myself. I have some fantasy picture book type stories that I've written for my children which I'm sure would not be acceptable. I've played with the idea of combining them into full book length, but I'm guessing they'd still be unacceptable. But how about, say, The ...
by Chris533
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Surprise Endings
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Surprise Endings

So I love having surprise endings on my stories. But, then there's always that struggle with giving enough information so that the end seems inevitable - in hindsight - but not giving so much as to have the surprise come too soon. This is especially difficult given the wide range of potential reader...
by Chris533
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2331
Views: 398374

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Howdy: I'm Chris. I recently learned I got an Honorable Mention in the Q2 2017 contest! That's really got me stoked!! Someone in the Facebook Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers group suggested I join this group, so I did. I'm actually at work just now so can't hang out but I'm looking forward to ...

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