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award show?

Postby lukelove » Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:59 pm

I'm just curious, for the award show in LA, is it the cash prize winners of each anthology that are invited, and then, does WOTF do an expenses paid trip for those cash winners to the award show, or would someone have to pay their way to maybe not win anything?

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Re: award show?

Postby emilymccosh » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:31 pm

If I'm understanding your question correctly, this is what I've gathered.

There are three winners from each quarter (12 per yer) and usually a published finalist. Each winner gets a check in the mail (I don't know about the published finalist), and the cost of the expenses to attend the workshop and gala (plane tickets, hotel, etc.) are fully paid for (for the published finalist too). All the winners know ahead of time that they're winners. This isn't like the Hugo awards. The only surprise is the grand prize winner, which is picked from the four fist place winners from the four quarters. No one will have to shell out the expenses only to find out they didn't win.

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Re: award show?

Postby s_c_baker » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:37 pm

Emily is correct. Published finalists don't get a check in the mail (only quarterly winners do) but my understanding is that they and the winners alike receive a check during the workshop week some time which pays them standard rates for actual publication in the anthology. (This is in addition to the prize money the quarterly winners receive by mail. )
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Re: award show?

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:07 pm

s_c_baker wrote:Emily is correct. Published finalists don't get a check in the mail (only quarterly winners do) but my understanding is that they and the winners alike receive a check during the workshop week some time which pays them standard rates for actual publication in the anthology. (This is in addition to the prize money the quarterly winners receive by mail. )


Even cooler!

First, you get to see the books coming off the printing press. You tour the whole plant, in fact.

Then you have the Gala. Which is awesome.

Then you have the book signing. Which is exhausting (but awesome).

And THEN you get the payment for publication. Because think about it: at the Gala the night before, your story was officially published. This isn't any old random check. This isn't prize money. This is a professional payment to a professional writer or artist.

The timing matters. Yes, yes, you could argue that it's symbolic, but it doesn't FEEL symbolic. It feels like proof that you've made it.
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Re: award show?

Postby Ishmael » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:25 am

Should I be fortunate enough to reach the gala I shall look forward to everything except the book signing. Not that I wouldn't enjoy the stardust and all, but I have Tenosynovitis is my right wrist.

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Re: award show?

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:07 am

Ishmael wrote:Should I be fortunate enough to reach the gala I shall look forward to everything except the book signing. Not that I wouldn't enjoy the stardust and all, but I have Tenosynovitis is my right wrist.

Is it perhaps too early to practice writing with my left hand? wotf011


They actually coach you on signing, and rehearsing isn't a bad idea. Recall that it need not -- should not -- be your regular legal signature, so a semi-readable scrawl with your left hand is a good thing.

They also encouraged us to have a short, pithy phrase to sign for those cases when you weren't writing a personal message. That lets you look witty without having to slow down the line while you try to dredge up some actual wit. In my case, it was "Be the boss!"
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Re: award show?

Postby s_c_baker » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:18 pm

Maybe you could invest in a signature stamp like the hanko they use in Japan.
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Re: award show?

Postby Ishmael » Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:20 am

I've decided to send my android alter ego. No-one can tell us apart anyway.
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Re: award show?

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:28 pm

Ishmael wrote:I've decided to send my android alter ego. No-one can tell us apart anyway.


Ah, the Battlestar Galactica type! Completely, utterly indistinguishable from humans down to the molecular level, but stronger, faster, and able to transmit their dying consciousness to a resurrection ship.
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Re: award show?

Postby juliecfrost » Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:51 am

I sketch a wolf and sign my first name. Because that's how I roll.

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Re: award show?

Postby emilymccosh » Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:09 pm

I wonder if they'd let you write your name in elvish...
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Re: award show?

Postby s_c_baker » Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:41 pm

juliecfrost wrote:I sketch a wolf and sign my first name. Because that's how I roll.

Neil Gaiman does something similar. You're in good company.
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Re: award show?

Postby bobsandiego » Tue Jan 12, 2016 5:11 pm

my arthritis will force me to go the stamp routine....

I should think of some special snazzy john hancock thing to do with it....
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