This is a critique group for writers that will be entering a story for the third quarter of 2009 in the Writers of the Future contest (26th year), and do so on an early schedule.
Anyone is welcome to join. If you do though, please follow the directions for such. Currently, the group consists of me: WriterDan
If you want to join the group for this quarter, please re-post the current names list in a reply and add your name to the bottom.
Deadlines for this quarter's crits are as follows:
March 1st: Start writing April 21st: First drafts out for crits May 14th: Second drafts out for crits June 7th: Mail-in final drafts for Q03
Note: The official mail-in deadline for this quarter is June 30th; however, this group's deadlines are set up so that all entries can be mailed well before the deadline and hopefully beat the rush at the end of the quarter.
When you send out drafts for critique, please do so in a generic format so that everyone will be able to open your file. (eg. rtf, txt. Pdf is okay too, but won't allow for in-text comments.)
Well, I haven't quite got my present story polished and ready to send off but since that's in part due to a flash of inspiration and my starting of a new story for next quarter, I have to put my name down. I'm really excited about this one!
Maybe we should put a message up on the Open Discussion board, to let the new members who might not have wandered this far down know about us. What you think?
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What the hell...I'll throw my hat in the ring. I haven't started my story yet, but I've been noodling on it for awhile. Plus I haven't entered anything for WofF in a couple years, maybe. Time to get back on the horse.
Hey, thanks for the invite on the general forum. I'd like to join, but I have a travel block for work coming up at start of April, till at least the 22nd, so I probably won't be able to have a finished first draft by the 21st.
Would it be ok if I jumped in late, or jumped in for the second draft deadline?
I've already started on the story, but I don't think I'll be done within the next two weeks. =(
There are typically two groups that we sort into. Those that try to turn in stories by the real deadline, and those that try to turn things in a bit early (us). The regular schedule group will be starting up a thread for the next quarter in a couple of weeks. So, you can pick which group you want to join. Your choice. And, no we won't be offended if you bail to join the other group. We usually end up doing some cross-correlating toward the end of the quarter anyhow.
Well, I'm tinkering on something that will probably turn into my next WotF entry. I've decided, however, to make it as perfect as possible before sending it in. In other words, though I have already begun, I don't care if it doesn't make it in until Q1'10. On the other hand, if it comes together in time, I'll be in with ya'll.
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I want to join. I've never done this competition and I'm scared silly to try and maybe my story really sucks, but trying can't hurt right? (this is my personal pep talk to get me to do it) I want to expand on the story I used for IB's short story contest.
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If you're in the group and ready for a crit send my way, anyone(this means you, snapper. Oh, BTW this doesn't necessarily mean I am going to crit you an extra time.)
Not sure what I am going to do this quarter. I've got some stories kicking around.
Should I do a comedy, a sci-fi western, brief space opera... Any opinions. I know I am not going to send Joni that tired story I've sent her twice already. Last time it elicited a personal note from a KDW. Who is KDW?
But you are responsible for whatever mess this creates. I'll put that on the cover page. Dear, slush reader, please forgive the following story. The author claims no responsibility for its overall insanity and rather blames it on snapper. Also, hopes you do not think this is representative of the author's work and hopes you also forgive the typos which snapper is also to blame, for reasons I will not disclose at this time.
Alright! Sounds like a partnership. You write it, polish it, and send it my way. And I'll make a few insignifigant changes like changing your Action/adventure space western opera I Ron Pecs and the Squidmen Rulers of Gamma Nine to a rock and roll horror/comedy involving Mr. Osbourne and the Adams Family titled Ozzy and Hairy It. You'll hardly notice the difference.
Hey, after a day of remastering a computer, twice, trying to get the internet to work, twice, installing anti virus software, twice, cleaning, washing, cooking meals, three times, going to the supermarket and taking care of various animals, I wrote 2,500 words and got my story finsihed! I'm so happy to have gotten a story done this early into the quarters.
So, for those of you on the 'ready to crit now' list, I'll be sending it across soon.