WriterGirl0426 wrote:Hello everyone.
I've already posted over in the "I'm new here" thread, but wanted to pop in on this thread as well. After submitting 3 times previously, my submission for 1st Quarter 2019 received a Silver HM. So while I am absolutely thrilled, I am reading this indicates I was close to making semi-finals and with some additional scrubbing might be able to resubmit this story and take it further. I've already confirmed by reading your posts on this thread, and by going back and reading some posts from Joni, that we are encouraged to resubmit. Has anyone done this? Is there any negative impact to doing so I should be on the lookout for?
Also, I see folks swap stories here to give each other feedback. Is there a specific thread / area for that?
And can I just say, it's really REALLY good to be here. :D
Glad you made it here! Congrats on your silver HM. The contest coordinating judge, David Farland, sets aside about 30 stories that he views as the cream of the crop. He then has to get that pile down to eight finalists to send off to Joni, where she selects four other judges to choose the winning three stories out of those eight. He describes the decisions process as very tough, as there is often nothing wrong with a story, but for the quarter he may have a better space opera piece, or he's already bought too much SF and needs some fantasy, or the stories he has already selected might be heavy on male protagonists, and he needs some female ones to balance it out. Truth is, when you are in that top 30, you wrote a professional story, and there may be nothing wrong with the story--Dave just couldn't use it for the anthology as it stands for the current contest year. He is, after all, an editor, assembling an anthology for sale.
So the rest of the "almost" pile gets split into those Dave thinks would benefit from a little constructive criticism--the semifinalists--and the others get silvers. A semifinalist disqualifies the story from resubmission because of the critique. So Dave is banking on helping a writer to see what they need to work on for their future stories, and also to fix the rejected story so a writer may submit it elsewhere with success. He does note at times his belief it will sell elsewhere with his suggested changes.
That leaves the silver HMs. They obviously were good, and quite close to winning. Could a change and resubmit make all the difference? Perhaps. Some have worked a single story up from rejection, to HM, to silver, to semifinalist, to finalist and the win. It has happened, and if you really feel you know what the fatal flaw was in your story (and you are likely not qualified to know that, because you already thought it was good enough to send in the first time), it's possible a change and resubmit might improve its odds. It's also possible you could ruin a perfectly good story. Worse, you might labor and labor over it for years, and wind up with nothing new in your inventory, and one story to your name. Tough to build a writing career off that, as you lose your skill to create new, fresh stories.
What's the takeaway? It's your call. If it were me, I'd shelve the story for a bit, just to give Dave some time to forget about it so it will reappear fresh with the revisions. And I'd only turn to it in a bad quarter where life got in the way of writing a fresh story. Fresh stories are where you grow. They are where you employ the things you are learning, they are where you excercise your writing muscles to become better. And I've said plenty about that in my SUPER SECRETS topic, so I'll spare everyone here. : )
All the beast!