Search found 29 matches

by VinSev
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mythology, Anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Mythology, Anyone?

So I'm a complete mythology nut. I love creation myths and gods of all cultures, I love digging through old stories and wondering how they came about, and I love imagining what those gods would be up to today. What does it look like to be an ancient river god in the twenty-first century? Probably no...
by VinSev
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 309
Views: 9322

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Just got my email. It's an R for me this time. Glad to have gotten the news; I've been impatient to send this story out to literary journals. I knew this was probably not the right market for it (it's the weirdest story I've written to date) and I want to try and find it a good home. Congrats and co...
by VinSev
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202396

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

So I got a personal rejection letter today, from C.C. Finlay of F&SF, and he was kind enough to explain what hadn't worked for him about my story. He also said that my writing was very good, and to keep submitting to F&SF. You can imagine how pleased I was to hear that, and I'm excited becau...
by VinSev
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Markets for Awkward Word Counts
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Re: Markets for Awkward Word Counts

Okay, I don't know if anyone will be able to help me with this, but I'm giving it a shot. For IGMS, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and GigaNotoSaurus, they specifically say that they accept stories from people of all races, genders, orientations, etc. Clarkesworld does not specify if they do or not. I am ...
by VinSev
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Markets for Awkward Word Counts
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Re: Markets for Awkward Word Counts

Thank you so much for that list, it's incredibly helpful! I'm so relived to hear that there are indeed markets out there for that word count. wotf053

It's a comfortable length for me, so I'm very happy that there are publications that accept these stories. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
by VinSev
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Markets for Awkward Word Counts
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Markets for Awkward Word Counts

Alright, so my HM for quarter 3 is a little less than 15k. Does anyone know of markets besides this contest that might be looking for something of that length? So far I haven't had luck finding anything. Most anthologies/literary magazines accept 7,500 words at the most, but even that seems rare. Oc...
by VinSev
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10929

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Just got the email, and my first Honorable Mention!
by VinSev
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10929

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Henckel wrote:Let us all have a moment of silence to pay homage to the pagan God of "Thursday".


I was silently praying to Bragi, the Norse god of poetry and creativity last night. Now adding Thor to my list.

*closes eyes and concentrates while humming the Immigrant Song*
by VinSev
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10929

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Wow, you guys were not kidding about Thursday!

I got that email and literally struggled to breath for about thirty seconds.
by VinSev
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10929

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

So. Much. Twitching.

I’m beginning to think it won’t ever end ...
by VinSev
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 63
Views: 17527

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Can Urban Crime be speculative?

For instance, would a crime story with fantasy elements work for this?
by VinSev
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 309
Views: 9322

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Thanks for the input, thewritescott, and for the article. That was definitely worth the read. My main problem is that my characters are not human, and they don't seem human. It's not that they aren't engaging, per say, but their inhumanity makes them a bit harder to empathize with. The part in the a...
by VinSev
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 309
Views: 9322

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I think I'm finally satisfied with my Q4. Ended up being around 6000 words, which is a lot shorter than my almost 15k Q3. It's definitely on the weird side, and I'm worried this isn't the right market for it, but I wanted something to submit this quarter, and at least I'm reaching that goal. It's tr...
by VinSev
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10929

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Here's Dave's latest blog post:

https://mystorydoctor.com/how-to-bore-a ... -to-death/

Happy to say that I don't think I'm guilty of any of these in my Q3.

So glad that Dave is alright and recovered from his hospital stay!
by VinSev
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10929

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

As in Thursday the 20th...?

Don't leave us hanging!!!
by VinSev
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 309
Views: 9322

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Just finished my first draft for Q4. Almost six thousand word story that I wrote in a little over a week. I hadn't initially been planning to submit this quarter, but changed my mind at the last minute, so I scrambled to get something together, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. I'll be spendin...
by VinSev
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 309
Views: 9322

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

My suggestion? Post it when you're ready to post it, but do one thing first. Listen to it. If your computer and whatever software you're using have the read aloud capability, make use of it. When I revisited my Q3 about a month after submitting, I listened to it and found five or six typos that I mi...
by VinSev
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Agonizing Mistakes
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Agonizing Mistakes

So I just looked back at my finished draft for quarter three for the first time since submitting, and what did I find? In the very first section there are not one, but two words that are slashed-through, that I had intended to delete. Right there , in the manuscript that I submitted!!! How could I h...
by VinSev
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous Submissions
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: Simultaneous Submissions

Thanks for the info, guys! Super helpful.

-Vin
by VinSev
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous Submissions
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Simultaneous Submissions

So I know that in the business, simultaneous submissions are something to be careful of. But I was wondering, what are the differences between submitting to an editor, and submitting to an agent? I've heard that with editors, you might submit your book to multiple places at once, but if more than on...
by VinSev
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10929

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I have officially submitted and I am officially terrified wotf015

Now to get to work on the next one!

-Vin
by VinSev
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 12003

Re: Story Titling

(from my shelf: Queen of Sorcery, Castle of Wizardry, Domes of Fire, Pawn of Prophecy, Seeress of Kell, Sorceress of Darshiva... yes, those are all David Eddings) At last! A David Eddings fan! He's one of my top three favorite authors of all time (the others being Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett). ...
by VinSev
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest
Replies: 7
Views: 491

Re: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest

In short, write your story the way your feel in your bones it needs to be written. If you don't, your story won't have any heart and without that it is DOA anyway. This really resonates with me. It's the whole reason I didn't want to change the character. I know who they are, and making such an in-...
by VinSev
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest
Replies: 7
Views: 491

History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest

Okay, so I'm curious about this because the story I'm submitting this quarter has a main character who is LGBTQ, specifically gender non-conforming. Does anyone know how such characters have fared in the contest's past? Have stories with LGBTQ characters or themes ever won? My character uses they/th...
by VinSev
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2524
Views: 465470

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hey guys, I'm Shannon and I'm new to the forum. I'm going to be submitting to WotF for the first time in Q3, and I'm both nervous and excited. I'm from California, I'm queer and chronically ill, so ... that's fun. Anyhow, I decided to come out of the shadows and finally introduce myself.

Go to advanced search