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Postby s_c_baker » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:51 am

The closest I can get to art is looking over my wife's shoulder while she draws. wotf001

I can see how my initial post might have given the wrong impression, though!

As far as resubmitting, I don't know if there are any rules against it for the artist side of the contest. Writers can't resubmit stories which scored semi-finalist or above, but anything below that is fair game.

(Although, realistically speaking, if it didn't win the first time around...)
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Postby jose77sanchez » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:23 pm

s_c_baker wrote:The closest I can get to art is looking over my wife's shoulder while she draws. wotf001

I can see how my initial post might have given the wrong impression, though!

As far as resubmitting, I don't know if there are any rules against it for the artist side of the contest. Writers can't resubmit stories which scored semi-finalist or above, but anything below that is fair game.

(Although, realistically speaking, if it didn't win the first time around...)


Hi there,

Oops!-sorry about that-thought you were also an artist-and btw-that was funny! wotf001
You know, you do have a point there-but at the same time, I read somewhere in this huge forum, that the judges were 'rotated', depending on the quarter-but then again-how would we know, right ?...It's like "Russian Roulette" and we'll never know...I guess it's better to be safe than sorry and I'll stick to your wisdom-thanks.

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Postby s_c_baker » Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:06 pm

That's true for the artist side of things, you're right. On the writing side, there's one main judge who reads everything each time around.

Maybe someone who's entered and/or won on the artist side can offer more useful advice. wotf007
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Postby morshana » Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:12 pm

s_c_baker wrote:That's true for the artist side of things, you're right. On the writing side, there's one main judge who reads everything each time around.

Maybe someone who's entered and/or won on the artist side can offer more useful advice. wotf007


One main judge (a Gate Keeper) for the writers each quarter. But the three judges who choose the three winners from the pile of eight Finalists each quarter rotates.

No idea how it works on the artist side.
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Postby Jess » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:07 pm

dantzel wrote:The Submissions Grinder is a brand-new website where you can find short story markets, and after you've submitted your story, you can 'track' it and get a better idea of when you might expect a reply.

It's also a FREE website.

If you feel like paying, you can mosey over to Duotrope, but the Submissions Grinder is pretty much as good, and will only get better from here.

I abbreviated "Submissions" in my head, and now I desperately want its logo to be a hoagie stuffed with manuscript pages.
Oh dear. I need a signature.
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Postby soulmirror » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:21 pm

jose77sanchez wrote:By the way, I have a question for anyone who might know, can you "re-enter" a submission in future quarters even though you didn't make it the first time around?... Or are we "cattle branded" with it for life?... wotf014

So long


I re-submitted one where it would have been undoubtedly recognized as being "the same picture, a second time" (if anyone were paying attention?) ... but I did add a new monster! I think that was one I sent the time I actually won. So ... assuming the same judges judged it, they didn't reject it for being a RE-submission.

(If I'm right, the Writers can re-submit stories too. The stated "Don't re-submit" is: If you got a judge's FEEDBACK on it, DON'T re-submit because that's an unfair advantage (the feedback would've HELPED you unfairly, etc)

I re-submitted because I'd always LIKED that one, and I knew I was "fixing/improving" it with my 10% new addition. But I'd have to ask myself: If some piece didn't win once, why chance it again? Try something new.

But yes: I did re-submit.
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Postby jose77sanchez » Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:58 pm

Cool-and interesting at the same time. So you actually "re-vamped" so to speak your illustration by adding a new monster to it and improving the image further.I have also gone back to past artwork that I know I was never quite happy with for one reason or another. I call them my: "re-makes" and you're right-they actually do turn out much better than the original in the end.Kind of the same thing that George Lucas did with his original Star Wars movies by going "special edition" with them. He was never quite satisfied with the original takes on Episodes 4,5 and 6 and the limited technology that he had back then ( not to mention funds too )-so he went back and gave them all a "make-over." I have experienced that when i'm completing any given artwork-although if I'm not careful-I can overkill it as well by wanting it to be too perfect-so it's really a delicate balance to get what I want-but not drag it out too far at the same time.

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Postby robertcenglish » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:35 pm

Hello all!

I am an aspiring scifi/fantasy writer. I have written 1 scifi novel (The Prison), a collection of sci-fi shorts (TECHs), a murder mystery (Dead Sharks), a children's book (Celesta the Magical Sky Horse), and I am presently working on a YA fantasy novel (Miles Murphy and the Ring of Truth).

I have only entered the contest once so far but plan to work hard on future entries. I'm not half bad as a writer as I did get an "Honorable Mention" in a Writer's Digest competition. (Of course, one person's good is another person's bad so I stay humble) I truly want to improve my craft and brainstorm with other like minded aspiring writers.

Thank you in advance for any help/comments/thoughts.

Robert (Bob) C. English

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Postby dantzel » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:28 am

Welcome Robert!
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Postby s_c_baker » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:51 am

Welcome, Bob (Robert)!

We have a whole bevy of Bobs around here now. wotf007
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Postby bobsandiego » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:20 am

Welcome Robert.
I'ma Bob too, but I spell it backwards to eb different.
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Postby dantzel » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:51 pm

Ah, so THAT'S why your name looks so strange!
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Postby morshana » Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:05 pm

Welcome aboard, Robert!
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Postby ZombieWife » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:12 pm

My name is Stephan (I'm a gal, btw). Just saying hi! I live in Colorado and am soon to be an Ph.D. student (Fall 2013). Like many here, I love writing and a big ole geek, and am looking forward to getting to know some of you on this board.
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Postby s_c_baker » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:32 pm

ZombieWife wrote:My name is Stephan (I'm a gal, btw). Just saying hi! I live in Colorado and am soon to be an Ph.D. student (Fall 2013). Like many here, I love writing and a big ole geek, and am looking forward to getting to know some of you on this board.

Aha, a name!

What are you earning your PhD in?
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Postby ZombieWife » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:35 pm

s_c_baker wrote:
ZombieWife wrote:My name is Stephan (I'm a gal, btw). Just saying hi! I live in Colorado and am soon to be an Ph.D. student (Fall 2013). Like many here, I love writing and a big ole geek, and am looking forward to getting to know some of you on this board.

Aha, a name!

What are you earning your PhD in?


Hi S_C

I'll be getting a Ph.D. in Public Communication and Technology. Area of focus is Human Behavior and Technology, specifically narrative communication structure in interactive works such as video games and social media, reciprocal communication processes during video gameplay, and audience theory.

A gaming scholar, so to say. :D
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Postby austinDm » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:46 pm

Welcome, Stephan!

That sounds like a really interesting field to be getting into, especially with the prevalence these days of Web 2.0 and online networking sites like, well, this one.

You'll fit right in!

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Postby ZombieWife » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:24 pm

Hi Austin! Thanks! I hope so. It's a hot field right now. I'm a research nerd, so I think this is a good path for me. :D
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Postby morshana » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:32 pm

Welcome aboard, Stephan!
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Postby s_c_baker » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:37 pm

Hooray, research nerdism!

(I'm an academic reference librarian.)
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Postby ZombieWife » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:31 am

s_c_baker wrote:Hooray, research nerdism!

(I'm an academic reference librarian.)

Ohh! Then you take research nerdiness to a whole new level. (bows at your greatness)
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Postby LDWriter2 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:57 pm

robertcenglish wrote:Hello all!

I am an aspiring scifi/fantasy writer. I have written 1 scifi novel (The Prison), a collection of sci-fi shorts (TECHs), a murder mystery (Dead Sharks), a children's book (Celesta the Magical Sky Horse), and I am presently working on a YA fantasy novel (Miles Murphy and the Ring of Truth).

I have only entered the contest once so far but plan to work hard on future entries. I'm not half bad as a writer as I did get an "Honorable Mention" in a Writer's Digest competition. (Of course, one person's good is another person's bad so I stay humble) I truly want to improve my craft and brainstorm with other like minded aspiring writers.

Thank you in advance for any help/comments/thoughts.

Robert (Bob) C. English



I am totally late with this so hope you see it.

But be welcome and nice working there already.
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Postby LDWriter2 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:58 pm

ZombieWife wrote:My name is Stephan (I'm a gal, btw). Just saying hi! I live in Colorado and am soon to be an Ph.D. student (Fall 2013). Like many here, I love writing and a big ole geek, and am looking forward to getting to know some of you on this board.



Howdy (gal) Stephen.

Sounds like you're busy there but that means-among other things-that you have the chops to be a writer.
Working on turning Lead into Gold.

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Postby lighte88 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:31 am

Hey!
My name is David Grapengeter, pen name David Grape, and I am a new user.
I have written a score or so if short fiction and have submitted two so far to the contest. I work offshore as a commercial diver and do most of my writing when I am on the boat.

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Postby s_c_baker » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:25 am

lighte88 wrote:Hey!
My name is David Grapengeter, pen name David Grape, and I am a new user.
I have written a score or so if short fiction and have submitted two so far to the contest. I work offshore as a commercial diver and do most of my writing when I am on the boat.

Aloha David, welcome aboard. wotf008

Sounds like a neat background environment for writing! Do you write about diving at all?
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Postby bobsandiego » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:39 am

Howdy David, welcome to the mad house
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Postby BenjaminJacobson » Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:52 pm

Hello, everyone!

I think I skipped this step. My name is Ben Jacobson (Benjamin on bylines because I have to use the name for something). I've been writing for about 5 years now. I've sold around 10 stories to smaller markets. I've been submitting to the contest off and on for about 2 years now. My record is an Honorable Mention, a rejection, a Semi-finalist and a Finalist (judgement pending). I used to spend a lot of time on Scribophile and I highly recommend it. I'm glad to have another place to talk about writing. Especially one so focused on my chosen genres. I could go on, but it gets less interesting from there.

Good to be here,

-Ben

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Postby BenjaminJacobson » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:00 pm

Oh, I forgot to mention, I love to have fellow writers friend me on facebook (it breaks up the reposts of nonsense from my distant cousins). Find me here:http://www.facebook.com/therealbenjaminjacobson I'm also on twitter as BenSonofJacob and tumblr at http://benjaminjacobson.tumblr.com, though not as much. I'm actually not anywhere very often, but when I'm there I would like you to be with me.

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Postby morshana » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:57 pm

Welcome David and Ben!
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Postby austinDm » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:03 am

Welcome, Ben! And congrats again on your AE win!


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