Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:44 pm

BrandieJ wrote:Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.

*BIG HUGS* I'm sorry. I know that feel, believe me.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby BrandieJ » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:52 pm

Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:14 pm

BrandieJ wrote:Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

Of course. *more hugs!* If you need to talk about it, feel free to PM me.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby BrandieJ » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:52 pm

Thanks!

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby SwiftPotato » Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:07 pm

Oh, I'm sorry, Brandie. That's so tough. *hugs*
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby KD Julicher » Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:31 pm

BrandieJ wrote:Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.



Oh man I am sorry. I know so well how that feels. Take your time to get over the disappointment but know this: you’re hitting the inner ring. It’s going to happen again if you keep submitting.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:40 pm

BrandieJ wrote:Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.

Sorry to hear that...but making finalist itself is already a wonderful achievement! You’ll make it next time:)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:29 am

BrandieJ wrote:Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

Been there.
It's a tough call to get.

Personally I didn't think I'd ever get another finalist. Then I did. Now I know I'll never get another one.
But I will. wotf011

And so will you.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby chuckt » Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:11 am

CCrawford wrote:
BrandieJ wrote:Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.


I'm sorry, BrandieJ! :( Making Finalist is an amazing accomplishment, though! You are so, so close!!


Yes it really is. A winner with a slightly different mix of judges. Go sell it!
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby KD Julicher » Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:31 am

chuckt wrote:
CCrawford wrote:
BrandieJ wrote:Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.


I'm sorry, BrandieJ! :( Making Finalist is an amazing accomplishment, though! You are so, so close!!


Yes it really is. A winner with a slightly different mix of judges. Go sell it!



Oh, but this is so true. I adore Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, but having had them as judges on at least 2 of my quarters goes a long way to explaining why it took me six tries as a finalist before my win.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby chuckt » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:14 am

Dustin Adams wrote:
BrandieJ wrote:Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

Been there.
It's a tough call to get.

Personally I didn't think I'd ever get another finalist. Then I did. Now I know I'll never get another one.
But I will. wotf011

And so will you.


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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:07 am

BrandieJ wrote:Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.


We've been talking privately through the whole experience, but I should also post something here. All three of my friends that were finalists this quarter got the tails side of the coin. You were not alone, and I feel for all of you. Winning is what you dream of, and making finalist is as close as you get. You were there.

And that's important to remember. You were there. A different set of judges could have come up with totally different rankings. Dave knows how to pick winners, and he picked your story to be in the anthology. But he has to let go, and accept what choices the other judges make. It doesn't change the fact that he wanted YOUR story in the anthology. He would be pleased with any of those eight making it in. You were chosen.

The quality at finalist level is incredibly high. Remember that because of SFWA pro rate changes this past year, winners that were formerly disqualified with their pro status suddenly could enter again. This year is going to have incredible competition. That you made top eight out of thousands from around the world is a BIG DEAL. See it as such. And go write your next winner.

I wish you the very best, Brandie. You've proven you've got the Right Stuff. Now do it again.

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby thegirlintheglasses » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:16 pm

Dang it. I feel you. Hugs. Hugs. HUUUUUUUUUUGS. And ice cream. Lots of ice cream. ;)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby disgruntledpeony » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:17 pm

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells

R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, ?, ?

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Henckel » Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:39 pm

Thanks for the link, Liz.
Here's some stats for everyone:
3 Winners
5 Finalists
8 Semi-Finalists:
51 Silver Honorable Mentions
270 Honorable Mentions
337 TOTAL AWARDS
(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – pending
(2021) V38 Q1 - ???

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Wulf Moon » Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:12 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-2nd-quarter-2020-winners/ Official results are in!


I do feel for my friends that didn't make it this round, especially those that were finalists. That's the toughest pill to swallow, and you just have to remind yourself that if it you did it once, you can do it again. You hit the bullseye and were top 8 out of thousands from around the world. Never forget that. It's a GREAT honor, and says volumes about your writing.

Since it's now publicly announced, I do have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth Chatsworth, THIRD PLACE WINNER this quarter! David Farland knows I'm a freelance editor, and referred her to me for editing on her first novel. I read her first chapter and it was obvious she was a skilled writer. I asked her if she was submitting to Writers of the Future. She told me she never had. I told her that her writing was excellent, and that I believed she could win if she entered. I told her to send a story in, that a win could only help her novel career.

You know what? Glory be!, she took my advice and won on her FIRST try! I also invited her to join the Forum. She is our new member, Yorkie!

Well done, Elizabeth! You're a winner! SEE YOU IN HOLLYWOOD! wotf009

All the beast!

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby chuckt » Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:57 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-2nd-quarter-2020-winners/ Official results are in!

Since it's now publicly announced, I do have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth Chatsworth, THIRD PLACE WINNER this quarter! David Farland knows I'm a freelance editor, and referred her to me for editing on her first novel. I read her first chapter and it was obvious she was a skilled writer. I asked her if she was submitting to Writers of the Future. She told me she never had. I told her that her writing was excellent, and that I believed she could win if she entered. I told her to send a story in, that a win could only help her novel career.

You know what? Glory be!, she took my advice and won on her FIRST try! I also invited her to join the Forum. She is our new member, Yorkie!

Well done, Elizabeth! You're a winner! SEE YOU IN HOLLYWOOD! wotf009

All the beast!

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Wowsers! That's so impressive. Good job Elizabeth.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby BrandieJ » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:00 am

Thanks all. I've started to submit the story to other markets - so wish me luck! I struggle with short story ideas, so it's a exciting day when I feel like I have a good one. I will admit that the one I submitted that got finalist was the best one I've written. I so admit/envy folks that can write a lot of shorts quickly. Good luck with the next quarter everyone!

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby KD Julicher » Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:42 am

BrandieJ wrote:I will admit that the one I submitted that got finalist was the best one I've written.


The best one you've written so far. Go write another. It might not be better, but the next one, or the one beyond that, will be.
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Retropianoplayer » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:10 pm

Brandie J. hang tight! I'm sure you'll come up with another exciting story. The presumption of regularity.

This may or may not help: No matter how wonderful the chef is, I will not eat Mexican food due to medical reasons. I simply can't. It could be a five-star restaurant with a master world chef, and I won't eat it. A skilled culinary expert, and it doesn't matter. Therefore, assuming you have basic writing skills, and you obviously do, your cuisine was not the best food taste for a particular Judge. Some stories are not the best food taste for FIRST READER.

THIS IS A CONTEST. It's as simple as that. Amongst thousands of entries. This is not life drama, and there is no appellate process for review.

It's not a medical test or procedure which governs life or death. It's a contest.

You made finalist once. You're bound to do so again. Every Monday, our Keeper of Records (Swift Potato) sends out FLASH PROMPTS for KYD exercises as part of Wulf Moon's 37th Volume Challenge. Maybe one of those prompts could give you a story idea.

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Yorkie » Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:08 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-2nd-quarter-2020-winners/ Official results are in!


I do feel for my friends that didn't make it this round, especially those that were finalists. That's the toughest pill to swallow, and you just have to remind yourself that if it you did it once, you can do it again. You hit the bullseye and were top 8 out of thousands from around the world. Never forget that. It's a GREAT honor, and says volumes about your writing.

Since it's now publicly announced, I do have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth Chatsworth, THIRD PLACE WINNER this quarter! David Farland knows I'm a freelance editor, and referred her to me for editing on her first novel. I read her first chapter and it was obvious she was a skilled writer. I asked her if she was submitting to Writers of the Future. She told me she never had. I told her that her writing was excellent, and that I believed she could win if she entered. I told her to send a story in, that a win could only help her novel career.

You know what? Glory be!, she took my advice and won on her FIRST try! I also invited her to join the Forum. She is our new member, Yorkie!

Well done, Elizabeth! You're a winner! SEE YOU IN HOLLYWOOD! wotf009

All the beast!

Wulf Moon



Thank you, Wulf! I appreciate your kind words. I'm thrilled to join this wonderful community of creative souls! ❤
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Yorkie » Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:11 pm

chuckt wrote:
Wulf Moon wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-2nd-quarter-2020-winners/ Official results are in!

Since it's now publicly announced, I do have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth Chatsworth, THIRD PLACE WINNER this quarter! David Farland knows I'm a freelance editor, and referred her to me for editing on her first novel. I read her first chapter and it was obvious she was a skilled writer. I asked her if she was submitting to Writers of the Future. She told me she never had. I told her that her writing was excellent, and that I believed she could win if she entered. I told her to send a story in, that a win could only help her novel career.

You know what? Glory be!, she took my advice and won on her FIRST try! I also invited her to join the Forum. She is our new member, Yorkie!

Well done, Elizabeth! You're a winner! SEE YOU IN HOLLYWOOD! wotf009

All the beast!

Wulf Moon


Wowsers! That's so impressive. Good job Elizabeth.


Thank you so much, Chuck! ❤
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:49 pm

Yorkie wrote:Thank you so much! ❤


Hi Elizabeth, congrats on your win :)
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V37 Q2: R
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Yorkie » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:43 am

HermioneLee wrote:
Yorkie wrote:Thank you so much! ❤


Hi Elizabeth, congrats on your win :)


Thank you so much, Hermione! I'm still in shock about the whole thing! ❤
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby HermioneLee » Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:48 am

Yorkie wrote:
HermioneLee wrote:
Yorkie wrote:Thank you so much! ❤


Hi Elizabeth, congrats on your win :)


Thank you so much, Hermione! I'm still in shock about the whole thing! ❤

Haha, I’d be shocked for weeks of even months if I won :)
It's so, so, so difficult to win. Wotf is one of the most coveted awards for new writers, but you did it! :)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Henckel » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:16 pm

Has anyone received certificates yet for Q2?
(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – pending
(2021) V38 Q1 - ???

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Dustin Adams » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:11 pm

I got mine, yes. Sadly it’s black and white. But I intend to color it in the future and post. :)
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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby CCrawford » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:56 pm

Henckel wrote:Has anyone received certificates yet for Q2?


I got mine.
v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, ??

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby Henckel » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:45 pm

Thanks Dustin and Crystal. How long ago did you get it?

... post in NZ is really unreliable... and slow.
(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – pending
(2021) V38 Q1 - ???

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Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Postby crlisle » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:13 pm

I got mine on Aug 27.
Q1 37 R
Q2 37 HM
Q3 37 HM
Q4 37 submitted
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