Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Corbin Maxwell » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:37 pm

Retropianoplayer wrote:Corbin,

I know that, dude. Or we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Without being a broken record, Hang in There!

At least you're not cold-calling production companies and getting hung up on because you can't attach an A-list actor to your project, or because you're not represented by the #1 elite agency in Hollywood and they can't take your call.


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For there is death in the sound of it, and a glamorous fatality, like silver pennons downrushing at sunset, or a dying fall of horns along the road to Ronceveaux.

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby MiloMinderbinder » Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:47 am

DaneCurley wrote:The first response for this Q has been logged on TGDB. A 51-day wait, answered on August 17th.

It begins.


I think someone is probably just confused.

I woke up this morning and saw an email in my inbox the subject line "Congrats - Your story received Honorable Mention 2nd Quarter"

I thought Damn that was fast. Thought about it a minute and realized I was waiting on the THIRD Quarter results. Opened up the email and it was a reply from Joni telling me to look for my HM cert in a month or so and urging me to submit an entry this quarter.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby WillShadbolt » Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:44 am

At the Submission Grinder it looks like there was a 56 day rejection today. Maybe it’s not a mistake and results are starting to trickle out
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby DaneCurley » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:52 am

WillShadbolt wrote:At the Submission Grinder it looks like there was a 56 day rejection today. Maybe it’s not a mistake and results are starting to trickle out


Or, per Milo's logic.... ANOTHER mistake. ;)

Who can tell?

Either way, good luck and happiness to all~

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby chuckt » Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:27 am

DaneCurley wrote:
WillShadbolt wrote:At the Submission Grinder it looks like there was a 56 day rejection today. Maybe it’s not a mistake and results are starting to trickle out


Or, per Milo's logic.... ANOTHER mistake. ;)

Who can tell?

Either way, good luck and happiness to all~


Hmm. So perhaps someone gets an HM email from Joni and they mistakenly attribute it to their Q3 entry? Ya never know but seems to me that someone capable of getting a HM would realize which quarter Joni was emailing about. But it seems impossible that no one here is getting results and non-forumites are getting them. Maybe everyone here is getting at least an HM and, therefore, we aren't in the first wave. wotf011 wotf019
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby DaneCurley » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:48 am

Re: being capable of discerning Q2 from Q3...

Excitement is a helluva drug ^

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby chuckt » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:59 am

I suppose everyone here regularly reads Wulf's Super Secret thread. Just in case you don't, he said he spoke to Joni and the results for Q3 will "be a while" yet. The reports on Grinder and Duotrope are not Q3 results--none have gone out.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:55 am

Given how long the last quarter took, I suspect we're looking at October for results. Q4 is the fastest, because they need to get things sorted for the awards ceremony and book printing, but given how fast the contest is growing, I think we need to adjust our twitch times back 4-6 weeks. Send your other stories out to pro markets! I twitch a whole lot less when I'm waiting on half a dozen results instead of just one or two.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:59 pm

chuckt wrote:I suppose everyone here regularly reads Wulf's Super Secret thread. Just in case you don't, he said he spoke to Joni and the results for Q3 will "be a while" yet. The reports on Grinder and Duotrope are not Q3 results--none have gone out.


Yep, from my experience, we results have come in first week of Oct.

Let's all collectively hold our breath. Ready set go
(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM (published @ Sci-fi Lampoon)
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – ?

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:55 pm

I'd start twitching in two weeks, but most likely it will be three weeks from now if the WotF world spins properly. I can say this--more entries than any quarter before in the history of this contest in Q3! And overall quality is higher than any quarter before as well. You can tell that's the case just by looking at all the Silver HMs they had to give out in Q2. Good writers realize this contest has the best rewards! And did you see all the foreign countries on the Q2 announcement? It just means the word is out around the world. Writers of the Future is the place to go for new writers to be discovered.

Now, ignore everything I just said and go put your heart and soul into your Q4. It's the way you win!

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:02 pm

Every quarter is the biggest. The competition just keeps getting stiffer!
V34: R, HM, R
V35: HM, R, R, HM
V36: R, HM, HM, SHM
V37: P

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:42 pm

I just received notification from Joni. Q3 results are due in about a month. wotf024
(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM (published @ Sci-fi Lampoon)
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – ?

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Helge Mahrt » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:08 am

Nice of her to send us an ETA wotf008
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby chuckt » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:18 am

Henckel wrote:I just received notification from Joni. Q3 results are due in about a month. wotf024


Oof.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:35 am

Helge Mahrt wrote:Nice of her to send us an ETA wotf008

Indeed, but I've noticed it usually takes longer than she expects. Still might be best to anticipate October.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:19 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:Indeed, but I've noticed it usually takes longer than she expects. Still might be best to anticipate October.

Agreed
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:01 pm

Ha! Ha! For those of you who subscribe to Dave's writing tips email, today's update is great:

"When my daughter Danielle was twelve, she came home from school one day and asked tearfully, “Are you a drug dealer?” I told her no. She knew I was a writer. But she said, “Well, that’s what everyone says.” Apparently my new neighbors felt that I had no visible means of support, that I spent too much time sun-bathing in the middle of the day (usually by 2:00 P.M. I’m ready for a break), and that I wasn’t smart enough to be a hedge-fund manager"
(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM (published @ Sci-fi Lampoon)
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – ?

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby TimE » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:51 am

For those who got rejected, someone posted this on Scribophile - Stan Lee and rejection
https://wellsbaum.blog/stan-lee-offers- ... -creators/
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:46 pm

TimE wrote:For those who got rejected, someone posted this on Scribophile - Stan Lee and rejection
https://wellsbaum.blog/stan-lee-offers- ... -creators/

Thanks TimE. I needed that.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:52 am

Definitely worth watching. Thanks.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby chuckt » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:05 am

For what it's worth, Dave Farland had the following snippet in his 8/30 "Tips" email: "scurrying to finish up judging on a large contest."
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:28 am

I think that qualifies as a peep. In past quarters, I'd have guessed that meant results within a week or two. Now I think it means within a month or so. But here's hoping for a quick quarter!
V34: R, HM, R
V35: HM, R, R, HM
V36: R, HM, HM, SHM
V37: P

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby DaneCurley » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:53 am

A mere "couple of weeks" left until results, gang~

Joni wrote:I know you have not yet heard results from the 3rd Quarter but we will have them in the next couple of weeks. That I am promising you right now!

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:06 pm

I received my three email invites to enter Q4. One for each quarter I've entered this year. wotf010
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Peter Glen » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:07 pm

To be honest, my Q3 entry is off the radar for me as I'm sure it will fail based on reading the forum and listening to the podcasts...when I read 'middle school and up', I thought that anything other than children stories were ok to enter...nothing crazy in the story, but I don't think schools would like it :| ... so ... "help me quarter 4, you're my only hope"
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Helge Mahrt » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:51 am

DaneCurley wrote:A mere "couple of weeks" left until results, gang~

Joni wrote:I know you have not yet heard results from the 3rd Quarter but we will have them in the next couple of weeks. That I am promising you right now!


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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:41 am

I am fretting over Q4 so I haven't been able to twitch as I should for Q3. I need to get this story done so I can get into the pillow fort to wait for the Q3 fallout when it happens. Although my Q3 was the shortest short story I have ever written. I'm afraid it is too short to stand a real chance, but maybe I could eek out a HM.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:10 am

I know we're not supposed to self reject but the list of 15 that makes Dave toss a story has my theme on it. wotf004
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HM-V36/Q4
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Eagerink » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:08 pm

I'm twitching over here! And trying not to count typos, ha. I don't understand how I can read it numerous times before submitting and not see them... one of life's great mysteries....
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby AlexH » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:24 pm

JVAshley wrote:I am fretting over Q4 so I haven't been able to twitch as I should for Q3. I need to get this story done so I can get into the pillow fort to wait for the Q3 fallout when it happens. Although my Q3 was the shortest short story I have ever written. I'm afraid it is too short to stand a real chance, but maybe I could eek out a HM.

How short was it*? My HM was under 1,400 words and has quite a dark ending (even though the PoV found what they were looking for). When I submitted, I thought it was my story least likely to get a HM.

*The word count isn't a big enough clue for any judges that might see this is it?
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