Sunday, January 23, 2011

Write1Sub1 Week #3 Check In

The end of Write1Sub1 2011 week #3 is upon us!

How's it been for you? Have the words flowed like skylark song 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. Good week, on the whole. Mundane things like, you know, work (as in paid employment) have managed to intrude far too much, but I've kept up!

    Fellow Write1Sub1er Dominic de Mattos and I completed our entry into the Pill Hill press ePocalypse anthology : The Bitter End weighed in at a bit over 8000 words, a story told entirely through emails, and that's now been submitted.

    I also submitted an SF tweet-fiction piece to Trapeze and had that accepted ("Time Dilation", to appear in April).

    Second week in a row I've managed to Write2Sub2. I'm not promising to keep this up ...

  2. Story "Bitsy Pollo Save Us!" (3500 words) written and submitted. I enjoyed writing this story of a chicken, serf to a cow, fighting for a human's right to not be eaten. I anticipate good things.

  3. Managed to write 9, sub 2... no acceptances this week, just some rejections flowing in from older submissions... keep trying though ;)

  4. I'm ahead one story, but behind one sub. That's because I wrote a story for a theme that can't be submitted until next month. So I'm in the middle of another story right now. But other things are trying to get in the way, too. I will not let them pass!

    But I will have to play catch-up this next week ...

  5. As Simon says, this weeks Wri1Sub1 was The Bitter End for the Pill Hill Press ePocalypse anthology. I did have news that my Haiku "Wormhole" was accepted by for publication in March.

  6. I haven't written anything this week because I did my back in, though the first week i submitted 2 things so I guess I'm still technically on track :O)

  7. Sub1: "Starlight" (4,800 words; finished last week) to Fantasy and had it rejected in two days flat. Will submit it elsewhere today...

    Write1: A 500-word horror flash for a Dark Moon Books anthology, but might submit it to either Short-Story Me! or Brain Harvest instead.

    *Had a non-W1S1 story accepted by Shelter of Daylight; after 13 rejections, it's great to see "Insight" finally find a good home!

  8. No rejections or acceptances for me. But I haven't opened email yet this morning. Here's hoping! I'm doing the "light" version so I have another week to finish my write1. It's almost there...should be able to do it. Then I'll put it away for a bit, and come back to it later for a revision/polish and find a place(s) to sub it in the coming months.

  9. No change this week; I'm on par for the Monthly -- but cheering everyone else on. Fantastic work keeping it up!

  10. This week was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. The story I intended would not coalesce. In the end I went a different direction through the complication scenes and it ended where I thought it would in the first place. Go figure.

    Write1: "The Reservoir" (750 word lit); "Assuaging the Clown" (250 word lit); "Desperation" (100 word lit); "Midnight Mass" (3300 word Horror).

    Sub1: "Winged Warrior" to Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. "Virgins" to Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette

    Accepts: 2 non-W1S1 twitter fictions to Cuento Magazine

    Publications: none this week. W1S1 summary at

    Keep up the momentum, troops. We're off to a solid start. Congrats to everyone who's reported so far, especially Milo for his demonstration of Persperistence with "Insight". Way to go, amigo!

  11. last weeks' sub. 'Occasional sunshine' to Pygmy Giant published this week,
    2 poems completed for collaborative sub to Leaf Books
    1 sub to Jo Prescott's site (I Dare you:Spam) received hon. mentioned.
    Novel (working title Bridie 5)up to 7200
    Other writing - little progress, all bitty.
    6S x 2, T10 x 7, aros x 7

  12. I just joined, so, I'm still trying to get my bearings: dusting off the list of story ideas I keep, and setting to the task of finishing one.

    @Simon Kewin, Milo James Fowler: congrats!

    @Steve Ramey: I've got to say, your titles grab my interest. Especially, Assuaging the Clown ;)

    Hoping to join in the celebrations of productivity in T-minus 7 days :)

  13. Nice, Sandra. I like the language in that piece very much.

  14. This list is becoming a great place to remind me of great venues.

    Congratulations to Dominic and your acceptance to The Pedestal Magazine. I flashed them a short today.

    Ongoing progress with my novelette approaching a novella (>15K) with no signs of abating. Hopefully I'll batten that bad boy down next week.

  15. It's been a great week for writing, with three Haiku and two 1000-word stories written. I've also been re-writing the end to a 10,000 word story due by the 31st January. I only submitted the three Haiku, though. I still need to do a final edit on the two short stories.

    So, all in all, a good W1S1 week!

  16. I'm doing the Light Ray option, but I've worked ahead this week. I wrote another story and sent it out to the Writer's Digest Contest #32. Sent another story to Every Day Fiction. Submitted four poems between two different markets.

    Dominic, congratulations on your acceptance in The Pedestal Magazine. I had a story in an issue last year. It feels amazing to break into a pro market!

  17. Yessiree, Dominic; we should have a separate Hall of Fame just for pro sales. Well done!

  18. Wrote 4 twitter fictions, submitted 4 twitter fictions, 2 accepted by Trapeze for publication in April! Also had a non-W1S1 poem published this week at Every Day Poets.

  19. Slow and sleepy week for me. I caught up by submitting the story I wrote in week 2 to Daily Science Fiction, then wrote and submitted a short-short humor piece to Andromeda Spaceways. I feel pretty good about last week's story (not sure it will sell to its first market, but I think it is among the best things I've written) - not so confident about the super-short and chances are it might have languished unsubbed, but W1S1 demands action and so out into the world it goes!

    I also wrote the first scene of my week 4 story (which will likely turn out fairly long). Hope to have it finished/subbed in the coming week.

    No acceptances this week. Got a rejection from Intergalactic Medicine Show on a story I wrote in 2010; resubmitted it to Fae Publishing.

    Next week will be more fun. I have a story coming out on Monday which happens to be one of my favorites, and another story and an essay that might each come out sometime next week (though I am not quite certain when; should be before the end of the month anyway).

  20. What a week! I finally finished last week's W1S1 story today, behind schedule, but that story refused to come to me any faster. It's now entitled "Rubies Red and Tangled Webs." I wrote a little bit on my blog about how this story sucked me dry.

    Subbed a bunch of non-W1S1 stories, and got a non-W1S1 acceptance. I hope to polish Rubies and sub it tomorrow.

  21. I've had a bad week, including an injury that has gotten in the way of me typing for any extended period of time. So I guess two weeks out of three isn't too bad, considering that I was original only going to do this monthly. :)

  22. I'm doing Light Ray and I'm a little ahead - 1 story written and subbed. Another written and ready to go out, probably today or tomorrow.

    Yeh, everyone! Keep going! :)

  23. I'm doing Light Ray & a little behind where I'd like to be. I'm about 2-3 paragraphs away from finishing story but wanted be be polishing by now.

    But on a happy/scary note I just subbed my first story EVER!

    /Opinionated Ant on AW
    So already this challenge is pushing me into bigger, better things. Thanks :)

  24. OK, so this is seriously embarrassing.

    I saw the comments about breaking into a pro magazine and scratched my head thinking it didn't look like that to me. Anyway,
    I went back and realised that The Pedestal Magazine is the one calling for speculative poetry after the end of April and to which I am going to be submitting. I actually submitted to and was accepted by Trapeze - a somewhat different kettle of fish. (A very good kettle of fish, mark you, but different all the same - and one that is popular around here!)
    I think I should change my name to Doh!

  25. *laughs* Good on ya, Dominic, for admitting it.

  26. A good week for me. I wrote 1 - my first horror short ever, actually, "Why Peter Came". And I subbed the same story out. To Apex.

    I dream big for a novice horror writer. But I really love that story, so we'll see. Even if it DID made me feel like a bad person, throwing darling Mrs. Darling from my beloved Peter Pan into a horror story!

  27. Wrote another SF short. This one 950 words. I'm moving up in the word-count world and, possibly, might actually be able to get a short-story-length story out one of these days.

    I submitted an older story to The Chariton Review.

    That is all.

  28. I'm a little late on the check-ins, I just posted my week two one as well. I've been so busy with the writing that I kept forgetting to stop by. I completed a new short this week and managed to submit the two I wrote the previous week. I also got did some revision work on my novel. All-in-all a pretty productive week.