Reposting my commendation on Volume 37 Q4 results because WotF made a nice comment on it. Read down to the bottom to see it. May it inspire if you've been at this awhile. I was at it for twenty-five years; I know how it can feel at times. Cheers!
THIS IS THE GREATEST SET OF RESULTS I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY MANY YEARS IN THE FORUM! CONGRATULATIONS, FORUMITES!!!
First, if you didn't place this Q and see all these wonderful results, don't feel bad. The Forum scoops up like a dragnet the great writers swimming in the international sea. They want to win this contest, so they come here. You are one as well. Your day will come, and likely did in quarters past. Keep believing, keep learning, keep writing, and keep submitting. This is the way.
Second, we have HMs like the sands of the sea. Always. Well done, all of you! We make this look easy. I assure you, it is not. Getting an HM in this particular Q4 is a great honor. Know why? Dave said he's never seen so much quality writing in a quarter before. It was a phenomenal difference. And you proved you have The Right Stuff. Well done!
But here is where we go OFF THE CHARTS AND BREAK THE BAROMETER! SILVER HMS!
Just look at all of these Silver HMs this Q! I count thirteen! This is normally top 50ish in the world. This quarter had so many great stories, it will probably mean top 100 in the world, and it is absolutely FANTASTIC to see so many in one group. Here's the ones I counted:
Istanhopes--his first entry in the contest gets a Silver!
and a special shout out to Beth Powers, because she's had so many HMs and just broke through to the next level! Woot!
Incredible results, WotF Forumites! Jolly good show!
And then our Semifinalists:
and a special shout out to Kingswood, because he just broke through to the next level as well! Woot!
Finally, our Finalists that have chosen to announce:
We stand on pins and needles awaiting your final results! SUPER-DUPER CONGRATULATIONS, FINALISTS!
SO. MANY. HONORS! BEST. SHOWING. EVAH!
Keep up the great writing, WotF Forum. As you can see, there is a good reward for your hard work.
ALL THE BEAST!
P.S.: You may not know this but Writers of the Future is very much aware of the good work you are doing in here. As they see your results climb, they take note of your name and truly are rooting for you to win. They know when you are getting close because they closely watch the results. They know the names of those that have been at this for years, and Joni calls those names first when Finalists are revealed--she is hopping happy for them, as any that have received that call will readily tell you. Never think your work is in vain. The Contest can only choose three each quarter because they have an annual anthology that can't hold any more than what they already include. But please don't view your writing as inferior just because someone won, or earned a higher rank, and you did not. That's contests, that's publishing. We all have to be able to grin and bear it, knowing if we stick with it, our day will come, here, or elsewhere. But it's a lot easier to bear when you see it's your friends walking up on that stage. It makes you happy for them, because you know them, you saw the work they put into this to get to that place they're now at. And it helps you realize that they are just like you, working hard to create and improve their creations. If your friends can do it, so can you. That mindset can give you much power to forge on.
Keep that attitude. That is not just how you win this contest, that is how you win in life.
And if you have any doubts WotF is not watching, or does not care how hard you've been trying, well, you must not have had The Call yet. I truly hope you stay the course and receive that wonderful moment. In the meantime, here's an email I just got from one of the top officers in WotF HQ after seeing all your wonderful results:
"This is so awesome Moon!
I am always super excited when I see a name I recognize on these lists. I have never met any of them. I have just seen them entering for so long and I find myself rooting for them.
Thanks so much for keeping them inspired!"
You Forumites are what inspires. Keep up the diligence in writing. There is a good reward for your hard work.