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by preston
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

wotf057
I'm so happy!
by preston
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8367

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I too am in. It's as polished as I can make it. All I can do is give it a pat on the back and tell it, "Go, little story, go! You can do it!"
Good luck, all! Don't wait until the last day. Submit!
by preston
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 147
Views: 8567

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

Entered. Okay, now to start the next one. Hmmm...
by preston
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4004
Views: 807133

Re: Success!

Congrats on all the recent successes, guys! Keep it up! wotf010
by preston
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4004
Views: 807133

Re: Success!

Thanks, guys. This is my second pro-level sale. Now for number three!
by preston
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4004
Views: 807133

Re: Success!

My first story for Daily Science Fiction is now live!
I'm ridiculously excited. Yay!



http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/magic-and-wizardry/preston-e-dennett/dispell
by preston
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8367

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

First draft finished! Yeah! wotf008
by preston
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 147
Views: 8567

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

Done with one!
It was fun.

Now for two.
Lot's to do.

Don't ask about three.
Too soon, you see.
by preston
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm in! Hoping to break my long rejection streak with this one. Maybe I'll get to add another HM to my little collection. And maybe, just maybe...well, we'll see.
Good luck, everyone. Don't wait too long! The system always gets a bit wonky on the last day.
by preston
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 1430

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

That's me. I'm Topanga Canyon. When I found this out, it was one of the biggest shocks of my life. It was like I had a secret identity I didn't even know about. The stories I could tell you! And I fully intend to tell them all. The good news is: I didn't give up forever. I came back, and my stories...
by preston
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 1430

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

That's me. I'm Topanga Canyon. When I found this out, it was one of the biggest shocks of my life. It was like I had a secret identity I didn't even know about. The stories I could tell you! And I fully intend to tell them all. The good news is: I didn't give up forever. I came back, and my stories ...
by preston
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 42
Views: 2809

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

Yeah, I agree, an HM doesn't guarantee publication. Some forumites have mentioned that even their finalists haven't sold. Still, receiving an HM (silver or otherwise) is an undeniable good sign that the story has at least some merit. I've sold half of my HMs. I've sold a few rejects too. And yes, kn...
by preston
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19813

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I've only re-entered the same story once. HM to reject. Still haven't broken the HM barrier, but I'm not giving up. I wonder who holds the record for most entries? Probably some people out there who have entered a hundred times.
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19813

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I keep forgetting to report in here, but I submitted on September 29th, and I just received the confirmation a few minutes ago, so I'm in for Quarter 4! I first entered the contest 10 years ago this quarter, and I've only missed one quarter since--this is my 40th entry wotf024 Wow, that's determina...
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19387

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Finished my first draft. No more procrastinating for me. wotf024
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What does "win" mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 1243

Re: What does "win" mean?

And there's a few people who've won both the writing contest and the illustrating contest. Though none has ever illustrated their own story. Now, that would be sweet!
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What does "win" mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 1243

Re: What does "win" mean?

Winning is placing. It means Joni asks you if you're sitting down. Words I have yet to hear. However, published finalist is not a win, but grants almost all the benefits of a win, plus you can keep entering. I love Eric James Stone's method. His Q4 was the published finalist, and around the time he...
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 11878

Re: Story Titling

I love a good title. To me the perfect title is short, memorable, poetic/lyrical, original, contains concrete images, and has a double meaning, or a new perspective after reading the story. A minor sampling of some great WOFT winning titles: Adjusting the Moon, by Kerawynn Long (IX) Winter Night, Wi...
by preston
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 18
Views: 2253

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

I'm pretty sure the shortest WOTF winning story is "The Disambiguation of Captain Shroud" by Gary Shockley. I don't have the book in front of me, but if I remember correctly, it's like two-three pages. It's definitely a flash piece. It won first place. An even shorter flash story is a fin...
by preston
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 147
Views: 8567

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

I will submit.
by preston
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19813

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I'm in. Good luck, everyone. I'm expecting to see more forumite finalists this quarter. Yeah, I'm talking to you! wotf009
by preston
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19813

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Just curious. What happens when WOTF just gets too big for Dave to handle the load? Will they get a second "gate keeper"? Does he actually have slush readers or does he really glance at every single story? I can imagine that working in the past, but with the competition gaining popularity...
by preston
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 28527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Condolences and congrats Kristy, Peony and KD. I hope you get to be published finalists! That would be awesome. Or winning the next quarter! You can do it!
by preston
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 28527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Congratulations finalists and all! Yay!
by preston
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4004
Views: 807133

Re: Success!

wotf013 And I've actually sold another story but I can't say where as yet. Okay I know this looks swollen-headed but in the first half of this year I couldn't sell a story to save my life! It's just like London buses - nothing for ages and then a whole lot at once. When the last of these is publish...
by preston
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 28527

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Rejected...I'm on a streak!
by preston
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 40128

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congratulations, Amy! Looking forward to reading your 2nd place winner.

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