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by Wulf Moon
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Thursday is coming. All I can say.
by Wulf Moon
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm throwing a hail Mary as well. Currently I'm 3/4 this year and would like to be 4/4. 5k words in. Three scenes left. Gahhhhh! I'm also very pregnant. Due date was yesterday. WOTF due date looming. Pretty sure I'll be writing/editing in the hospital room lol... Let's do this thing! (Even if it's ...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: John Goodwin Interview: Great info on the contest from the guy that knows!
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: John Goodwin Interview: Great info on the contest from the guy that knows!

Sorry, Harion, no transcript that I know of. Vsutherland, some never surmount the contest, for various reasons, and yet become professional writers because they used the contest as a motivator to write new stories every quarter, just as you are doing. Well done! Pro-ing out is a real thing, and just...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

It's proper to wait for results, not to add to the coordinator's workload by checking on something like whether or not we made the first pass. We don't even know Joni's gotten through what's likely close to 2000 rejections. Patience. Professional practices begin here, and will serve everyone well wh...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I got my first "first pass" email from Joni! All I've gotten before are straight rejections, so this is definitely a win wotf022 Congratulations for clearing the slush pile, WiseSerpent! It means you did the right things in your opening two pages. If that *right stuff* follows through to ...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Life does get in the way. But writing finds a way. Hang in there, Dustin!
by Wulf Moon
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

[quote="morganb"]Just my opinion, but it seems to me if they want to see shorter stories, perhaps the word count limit in the rules should be lowered to, say, 10K max? I hope not. And I think not...this limit was set long ago. I like long stories, it's what I also write. Darci Stone's stor...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Congratulations to all that entered Q3, and to all those that made it past Kary's machete! Kind of weird to know we're in Dave's selection pile--that's the only way to go higher--and yet we still don't have a clue as to whether or not we WILL go higher. Just don't miss Q4 worrying about Q3! Fortune ...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

KD is right, there are exceptions to every rule. However, Dave has said on my FB that pushing the 17K envelope can hurt your chances. Robert Sawyer has said similar, that it can often be a sign a person doesn't know how to craft a short story. I know I lost once for certain because I submitted a sto...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Thursday cometh! The epoxylips is here! Run for your lives!
by Wulf Moon
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Joni Labaqui here from the Writers of the Future contest with some good news. You are still in the running for the 3rd Quarter. Your story made it through the "first pass", meaning you will be judged now by our coordinating judge, David Farland. Is the "first pass" just a cursor...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

This is starting to feel like a Kingkiller saga. "And the wheel of time goes round and round, and you have to buy the next book to figure out how to get off the wheel." But that's just it. You NEVER get off. It's an endless prologue. Mantra time: Fear is the mind killer. I shall face the W...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

"Just the facts, ma'am." Dave just got back from teaching and spending a few extra days in England. Now he's at FanX but is ill. No one knows yet if Kary has even completed her first pass. No one has been rejected yet, so no Rejectomancy. Just plain ol' waiting game right now, and with the...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2483
Views: 461665

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Ashes and Will and others I have missed! Thanks for introducing yourselves. As to what's the line between dark fantasy and horror, I'm no expert, nor does the industry itself seem to know. It all boils down to the editor's opinion, in this case, Dave's. He has called for horror, but I'll giv...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I would think most of those stories will pan out to HM or higher. Kary's job is to figure out which stories look professionally written and show promise to be contest winners. Seriously, a professional can tell this in two pages--usually in the first couple of sentences--whether or not a story has p...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: Flash Fiction

Back to Flash Fiction. WotF does not count a SFWA qualified market sale against you if the piece is under 1000 words. That's their definition of Flash, and it's the only definition that matters for the sake of the contest. One thousand words and over to a SFWA qualified market (and any other fiction...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Kary doesn't read the whole story, that's Dave's job. But she's not just tossing out the weeds, she's actually the contest's first reader, selecting the ones that show obvious promise to go on to Dave for him to read and judge. Don't expect anything to change, except response times, perhaps. She goe...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: Flash Fiction

Also, if it's a thousand word flash or over, AND pro pay of 6 cents per word, AND 5000 hits or print copies (in other words, a SFWA pro market), it DOES count as a pro sale. So I'm told from people that know. So if your aim is to stay in the contest, you have to be aware of where you submit your fla...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3997
Views: 804018

Re: Success!

Sorry I missed your announcement, Rebecca. Congratulations! Armies of conga rats dancing for you! The purpose of the contest is to help us become pro writers. We can do that through the contest, or we can do it outside. Either way, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Best of success to your continued writing care...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Good points, Jon! This is what happens on the editorial side before a story in WotF goes to the publishing team, and frankly, any other publication as well. No one should be surprised about that. The story already won on its own merits. Now, it's no longer a contest entry, it's a widget that has to ...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 138
Views: 7938

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

We set goals to hit the mark. Even if we miss the mark, we come closer to it because of the goal. Whether you're currently 3/3 or 0/3, here's to hitting a bullseye in Q4. It only takes one well aimed arrow!

Archers draw!

~Moon~
by Wulf Moon
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: John Goodwin Interview: Great info on the contest from the guy that knows!
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: John Goodwin Interview: Great info on the contest from the guy that knows!

Thanks, Wulf. I listened to this. He mentioned you! So cool. (I also got a little shout-out...***bows humbly.***) I loved hearing about all the writers who entered and are now super famous. Was also amazed to hear that some winners couldn't attend the awards ceremony because they are incarcerated! ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: John Goodwin Interview: Great info on the contest from the guy that knows!
Replies: 7
Views: 287

John Goodwin Interview: Great info on the contest from the guy that knows!

John Goodwin, president of Author Services, Inc., did an interview about an hour ago that I think would benefit anyone entering this contest. I am starting the topic and providing the link. Something fun to discuss! I didn't know that Brandon Sanderson's finalist placing kept him from quitting, quit...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

And let's see if we can get Kary to do a guest appearance to tell us what she looks for in a story! Inquiring minds want to know!
by Wulf Moon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7854

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Very nice share, Sue! Congratulations on your well earned certificate! It's a signpost you are on the path to becoming a professionally published writer! And thanks for sharing the tips that helped you grow. Those are always valuable, as they can shave years off the learning curve for others. Keep w...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Great news, Kary! Our submissions couldn't be in better hands! Congratulations!
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

morganb wrote:
Wulf Moon wrote:But meesa happy yousa want meesa to have mooey mooey good writing space!


Ugh. What's truly awful is I can actually HEAR Jar Jar speaking that line. Thanks man. Yousa needs to be . . . pyoonished.

~Morgan


LOL! Now I hear it too! We are doomed, Morgan. wotf019
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 138
Views: 7938

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

Congrats on everyone setting a goal and achieving it. And even if you missed the target a little, the goal made you aim. That's what goals do, they force you to focus. Keep at it. You can hit the bullseye on your first try or your 70th, as "Topanga Canyon" Preston proved. But you will neve...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Yikes. I've been dealing with other deadlines, but now a month has gone by, and look at all you busy bees! Good job! I just had a vision of Darth Vader. He sucked on his regulator, stabbed a finger in my face and said, "I am here to put you back on schedule." I assured him I was working a...

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