Sunday, January 16, 2011

Write1Sub1 Week #2 Check In

The end of Write1Sub1 2011 week #2 is upon us!

How's it been for you? Have the words flowed like mountain streams or has it been a week from hell? Here's your chance to let everyone know. If you've managed to write a story and submit a story, shout it from the rooftops now. Go you! If you've had something accepted or even published, tell us so we can add you and the market to the Write1Sub1 Hall Of Fame. But if stuff has got in the way of the writing and all your replies have been rejections, let us know that too so we can commiserate! We've all been there.

Successes and failures, triumphs and disasters, brilliant ideas and insane dreams : we want to hear all about them!


  1. Pretty good week for me : I completed His New Body a 3000 word urban fantasy story and submitted it. Actually I submitted it twice because Fantasy magazine rejected it after only a couple of days. Can't fault their responsiveness!

    Also wrote and submitted a Twitter piece called He Lay Awake Thinking to the PicFic "Rave" competition so I think I'm doubly covered!

  2. This week kind of felt worse than last week, work seemed to get in the way more than normal, and I was struggling even to get the daily "river of stones" (Jan-11 challenge) completed... but a check on the statistics does reveal a more positive picture, with my 1st published poem of the year ;)

    Written: 11
    Submitted: 02
    Accepted: 01

  3. "Science Up Some Love" (SF: 4100 words), written and submitted. Good to go.

    I really enjoyed this fun story of colony apocalypse, lone survival, bioengineering and, of course, romance.

  4. Who? What's going on? What time is it?

    Oh, my. That time already. Been tied up with a novelette all week. Longer works are not my friend.

    So this morning, I quickly completed a science ficton flash and sent it out to Brain Harvest. Phew, in the clear for another week.

  5. (Checks out Brain Harvest) - ooh, must submit to them!

  6. Week #2 Weigh-in:

    1 Twitter fiction written, submitted, and accepted (Trapeze magazine, March 8)

    1 romantic zombie flash written and submitted to Ideomancer

    1 short story finished at 5K and ready for revisions (to be subbed next week to Fantasy and Shimmer after the inevitable rejection)

    1 BIG sigh of relief; now on to the next...

  7. Milo,

    No, no : Fantasy will love your story!

  8. I'm in awe of you guys. It's all I can do to work on one piece at a time, and yet you are all churning it out like there is no tomorrow! Having been focussed on one (nearly finished) short story with Simon Kewin, I have submitted just one Sci-Fi Haiku to Trapeze.

  9. Wrote a flash based on a title that popped into my head a few months ago. Let it simmer trying to figure out what it'd turn into. I learned that the ideas that don't simmer into a Big Idea tend to be flash stories for me. As this one did.

    "How Cherry Coke Saved My Life" written and submitted to Daily Science Fiction. It's my first attempt at humor. We'll see how it goes over.

    I'm 2 for 2 now, and am tempted to move up to the weekly plan, but then I realized I haven't been critting or getting enough done on my novel.. so I'll just keep going with the monthly. (Though I'm seriously tempted. heh.)

  10. Got a 1110-word piece done. Haven't submitted anything new yet. Going to revise the week 1 story now. It was definitely better not waiting to the end of the week to write the story. :)

  11. 'Ello! Well, I found this in the middle of the week, so really I'm counting this as week 0.5 - which means I was hoping to be a coward and only do either the Write1 or the Sub1 part.

    I did end up finishing the Write1 part, however, and so I figured I might as well quickly finish up the Sub1 and have been looking at duotrope to submit something written - and opened my eyes to a whole new world. I'm mostly used to my profs recommending where to submit.... is there a kind person who can play prof for a newbie and give some tips on how to choose magazines? ;)

    What? It sounds like I never did get anything done? I don't know what you mean!

  12. I'm keeping up better than I thought I ever would, not being used to short story form. My first two stories were not so great, but they have been submitted. I wrote a third one already that I'm actually a little proud of. That one is heading to Enchanted Conversation, but I can't submit it until the end of February. So I wrote that into my spreadsheet for that week of February, pending submission.

    So far I've mostly been entering contests. I'm having an "ideas" shortage, so having themes to write to helps with that.

  13. Revised and submitted my week 1 story. Started another story but it didn't go anywhere I liked, so last night, I decided to see what twitter fiction is all about! Drafted three, but haven't sent them anywhere yet. So awesome to see everyone’s successes - congrats!!

  14. Week two story sent off on Thursday. Of course, I wrote it during week one. I have two very short stories (one flash, one short-short) in need of editing. I'm trying to alternate stories--I find my editing/revising goes better with a little time between work sessions. The stories come out crisper, too.

    On to the next!

  15. Sparklecat, I'm thinking about Enchanted Conversation, too. Rumpelstiltkin away.

    jys, sort your duotrope searches by acceptance rate or response time, then read a few of the mags at the top of the search (check the box for online subs -- often means the 'zine can be read online).

    Higher pay rate can mean more prestigious journal -- but not always. You'll soon get the hang of it.

    Higher pay rate can mean more presigious journal -- but not always. You'll soon get the hang of it.

  16. I wrote a 100-word story for a blog contest and submitted it, but it wasn't selected.

    I'm currently working on a flash for a Writer's Digest prompt with a February 10th deadline. I hope to finish the rough draft today.

  17. (reposted from the W1S1 Absolute Write thread)

    Here's my week 2 W1S1 update:

    After many, many words written and edited in week 1 I got kind of burned out and was not nearly as productive this week. I did write a 1000-word fantasy flash story "The Last Incantation" which I am pretty pleased with, but I want to sit on it for another day or two before making final revisions and submitting. This means I am going to be slightly late in submitting for week 2, but not significantly behind schedule.

    This week's acceptances:

    "The Field Trip" to "In Situ" anthology from Dagan Books
    "In Service of Greater Cause" to Schrodinger's Mouse zine, issue 1

    Both of these were submitted in 2010 and don't really count toward W1S1, but it sure feels great to have some good news.

    This week's rejections:

    "A Tear in the Web" from Scape. It was a nice, personalized rejection. Mrs. Freestone wrote that her team enjoyed the story but did not feel it was YA enough. She is probably right - I thought it might work for a YA market but wasn't quite sure. Guess it doesn't.

    This week's submissions:

    "A Tear in the Web" re-subbed to Linger Fiction. Never submitted to them before but it seems like a promising new market.

    Plans for week 3:

    Polish and submit "The Last Incantation" mentioned above

    Re-write another draft and submit a flash story "Pel's Crusade" which I
    wrote recently but wasn't happy enough with the previous draft to send it out.

    Begin work on "Pride of the Conquered" - an anti-Utopian SF story I've been mulling over in my head for weeks now. I think it's nearly ready to be put on paper.

    That's it for my week 2, folks. Keep writing, and keep submitting!

  18. I wrote three poems last week and submitted two to Trapeze on Friday evening.
    I am working on a zombie/body snatcher's short story this week and plan on adding two more chapter to my novel.

  19. I wrote two literary flashes on Monday (800 and 100 words), and a 7500 word fantasy the rest of the week. I'm still smudging the scenes around tonight, but will finish it before I go to bed.

    I polished and submitted a 4700 word steampunk to Fae Publishing.

    It was a nice week for publications. "Dog Days" went live at State of Imagination, "Fucshia" appeared on Every Day Fiction, "Lovers" saw publication at Bergasse 19, and a twitter fiction came out at trapeze. All of these were written prior to Write1Sub1, so don't count for the hall of fame, durn it.

    A productive week, all in all, though I hope next week will prove less hectic. I didn't intend to write a 7500 word story. It pushed me to my limit and a bit beyond. Just kept growing layers and twisting into more interesting shapes. I guess that's a good problem to have.

  20. I've got two stories written/draft stage and I will (oh how positive that sounds!) get one revised and polished and sent out by the end of the week.

    I am in awe of all of you. :)

  21. This is my first week participating in the monthly challenge. I found a blog with a weekly prompt and wrote one 25-word flash piece, which I posted on my blog. Someone suggested I submit it to the Hint Fiction market. I'm going to check it out. Althought it's a very short work, it has gotten my creative juices flowing.
    Donna V.

  22. Wrote and submitted a 300 word story 'Occasional sunshine' to The Pygmy Giant, and although it probably does not count I was extremely pleased to be invited to join Poetry Circle - - and have my first poem chosen as an Editor's Pick.
    Started on two collaboration two pieces for Leaf Books, and continued with other wips.

  23. I guess poems don't count here as I'm not on the hall of fame :(

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  25. Well, I only signed up yesterday but got straight on with it and subbed a SFR short to TOR this afternoon.

    About to make a start on WriYe's January Hint challenge, as I've a fair amount of plot in my head. I'll figure out where it's going once I've written it :D

  26. Finished a 550 word flash fiction piece, then sent that and last week's story off to a solicitation.

  27. jkdavies,

    Poems most certainly do count! Apologies : you're going onto the Hall of Fame right now ...

  28. Aha!! If jkdavies' poem counts then I think I can claim my Poetry Circle editor's pick too!!

  29. I was floundering a bit but after reading all of the entries, I'm going to jump right back in with both feet. You guys are awesome :)

  30. Sandra,

    Yes you can! I'll do that. Sorry for not spotting it.

  31. Aah . . .week two was not so good. I only managed one 100-word sentence submission. I'm planning to make up for it in week three though!

    I forgot to check in at the end of week one to say I had my first submission accepted and published. The link is here -

  32. Ellie,

    That's great! I'll add you to the Hall of Fame now. Speaking for myself I'm certainly discovering a while bunch of great new magazines to submit to ...

  33. Sorry, I'm late to the party so I will report from the first of the year. I submitted a prompt photo and poem on Vox Poetica's prompt page. Also another that will be on Vox Poetica soon and one in their next paperback poetry collection due out in March. I sent in five new 6 word stories to Smith.
    Then created my own website last week at stop by when you get a chance. I am starting my fourth novel and hope my third will get published this year. I'll stop now before I bore you.

  34. I'm a little late to the check-in for this week. I've been busy enough with the writing and revising that I kept forgetting to stop by. I wrote two stories this week and was going to submit one of them. But the market I wanted to submit it to had taken this week off. (I found out on friday when I went to submit.) So I pulled something out of the archives and gave it a quick polish and sent it off.

  35. Hi
    First time responder, frequent reader. I am on a roll. This month I have submitted seventeen pieces: essays, short stories, poems, flash fiction, and a micro fiction this. Most are for contests. I received one acceptance so far.
    Missouri Writer's Guild is having their conference April 8-10. Saturday Writers, a chapter of MWG is looking for submissions. You do not have to be a conference attendee. I blog at