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Contest Eligibility

Postby Ishmael » Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:41 am

Some people may be interested in my recent correspondence with Joni regarding eligibility.

I thought I was getting close to pro'ing out, having sold three short stories at pro rates (as well as three flash pieces at pro rates, which apparently don't count at all.)

She says in fact that the clause is interpreted to mean sales to SFWA qualifying markets, not others that pay pro rates. Moreover, a market that becomes SFWA after they published you doesn't count either.

I read that as being considerably stricter than the SFWA itself, but then I suppose the SFWA wants to recruit new members and WotF doesn't want to lose veteran contestants.

The SFWA's qualification page lists several defunct publications and doesn't list some new pro-payers.

Flame Tree qualified after they published me and Cosmic Roots hasn't yet qualified.

It looks as though only my 2014 story in AE (Spatchcock) actually counts! Joni's the boss. Who am I to argue? wotf003
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Re: Contest Eligibility

Postby amoskalik » Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:07 am

Ishmael wrote:Some people may be interested in my recent correspondence with Joni regarding eligibility.

I thought I was getting close to pro'ing out, having sold three short stories at pro rates (as well as three flash pieces at pro rates, which apparently don't count at all.)

She says in fact that the clause is interpreted to mean sales to SFWA qualifying markets, not others that pay pro rates. Moreover, a market that becomes SFWA after they published you doesn't count either.

I read that as being considerably stricter than the SFWA itself, but then I suppose the SFWA wants to recruit new members and WotF doesn't want to lose veteran contestants.

The SFWA's qualification page lists several defunct publications and doesn't list some new pro-payers.

Flame Tree qualified after they published me and Cosmic Roots hasn't yet qualified.

It looks as though only my 2014 story in AE (Spatchcock) actually counts! Joni's the boss. Who am I to argue? wotf003


Great news! So it is possible to be in SFWA and still be eligible for the contest.
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Re: Contest Eligibility

Postby MattDovey » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:36 am

I think the rule is that if you query Joni, you're still eligible. She moves heaven and earth to keep people in!
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Re: Contest Eligibility

Postby J'nae Rae » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:52 am

Good information to know!!!

Thanks for letting us know what Joni said.

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Re: Contest Eligibility

Postby Ember » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:21 pm

That's great news Ishmael!

I was sad to think we wouldn't be seeing you around the boards.

The best of both worlds, really: lots of pro sales and continued contest eligibility wotf008
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