Wednesday, December 28, 2011

W1S1 Year1 in Review

What a difference a year makes.

When Simon, Steve, and I started Write1Sub1 to follow in the footsteps of legendary author Ray Bradbury, we had high hopes for ourselves and for every participant willing to take this challenge head on. But did we expect over 40 participants to have more than 500 poems and stories published by over 140 markets? Wow. I need to read those numbers again!

Write1Sub1 works. It's gotten us to submit fresh material in a timely fashion, to write stories that might not have been written otherwise, and it's forced us out of our comfort zones into new habits of consistent writing, editing, and submitting. And here's something pretty cool: 9 of our participants saw their flash fiction featured this week in a special "Spotlight on Write1Sub1" in Apollo's Lyre. Thank you, Mr. Bradbury, for inspiring us.

What's ahead? There will be a few changes around here, but otherwise it'll be the same challenge in 2012 with Weekly and Monthly participant levels, and you can look forward to the same community spirit W1S1 has come to be known for. We're all in this together, and it's never too late to join!

As for the changes:
  • Starting in January, the Halls of Fame will become the Hall of Fame. We'll no longer list the markets accepting participants' work. (Curious about where we've sold our stories? Check out our websites!)
  • The Hall of Fame will list participants whose work has been accepted, and each participant will start out at zero. Whether we're 2011 veterans or 2012 virgins, we start at the same level.
  • Only acceptances of 2012 work will be included in the Hall of Fame. Acceptances of 2011 poems/stories will not count (as part of the level playing field in 2012).
  • We've added a special page for paid sales: Published Work$. All acceptances will be included in the Hall of Fame, but Published Work$ will highlight participants who have earned money for their W1S1 efforts, whether it's been enough to buy a burrito or pay the mortgage. In the Weekly Check-in on Sundays, participants can state whether our acceptances are paid sales, and we'll be added to the Published Work$ page once the link to our online/print story is available.
  • Many of us are working on novels in addition to our short fiction, and we'll be sharing about our progress in the Weekly Check-ins. But remember that Write1Sub1 is all about our short fiction, first and foremost.
  • And lastly but not leastly, there will be a Write1Sub1 Anthology in the works next year. Ain't that cool? So stay tuned for details!

We're almost there, folks. The finish line for Write1Sub1 2011 is just a few days away. Keep up the good work, and let's spread the word:

Write1Sub1 RELOADED is right around the corner!

20 comments:

  1. Whoo hoo! I (finally!) got my story in for December. It's been quite a ride. :)

    And I am enjoying the Apollo's Lyre issue featuring W1S1. Some great writing there (and I'm not just saying that because I have a story in it, I swear!) :)

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  2. Looking forward to W1S1 2012!
    Thanks for doing this.

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  3. Count me in for 2012!

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  4. good changes. I can't wait to do this again -- but better!

    The anthology sounds very interesting too. :)

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  5. Congrats to the W1S1 writers featured in Apollo's Lyre. An anthology sounds very cool.

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  6. Congrats all, on your 2011 W1S1-ing. Bring on 2012!

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  7. I am ready to roll into 2012.

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  8. So stories we've subbed prior to Dec 31 2011 but get accepted in 2012 are 2011 acceptances, right? I guess it doesn't matter, I just gotta right more so I can be sure to get in that hall! :)

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  9. I'm excited for 2012! Thanks for all the work you do in keeping the site going.

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  10. Anthology? Super cool. Congratulations to all who participated last year.

    And thanks guys, for giving us W1S1

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  11. I'm so excited right now I could...well...I don't even know. But I can assure you it wouldn't be very ladylike. :P

    Getting geared up for W1S1 2012, and the anthology sounds great. I'm still working on my last 2011 sub.

    Let the madness begin.

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  12. Can't wait to join the challenge in 2012! Thanks so much for running W1S1 yet again. You guys do good work.

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  13. Congrats on all of your success. Hope all of you had fun.

    I'm going to join you this year even though I'm a slow writer.

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  14. I'm planning to participate more officially next year. Go Team W1S1!

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  15. *write* more, sheesh and I are an editor

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  16. I'm in! I've already got my line-up of story ideas. Now all I have to do is write them :)

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  17. I'm so excited to be part of the team for 2012! Thanks to all you participants, who make this happen. Without you, we'd just be a team of crazy writers, typing to empty inter-space.

    Bring on 2012, I say. Let's do this.

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  18. I'm glad to see the enthusiasm building. Here's to an even better 2012 crop 'o stories.

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  19. Just curious, but what if we have work that was accepted in 2011, but was paid for and published in 2012 -- would that be able to go under "Published Work$"?

    Thanks for starting this challenge, and looking forward to the W1S1 antho!

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  20. Excellent question. The original thought behind restarting the Hall of Fame at zero was to provide everyone with a level starting line, and I believe that's what we'll be going for with the Published Work$ page as well. But of course we'll be announcing any and all sales/publications in the weekly check-ins, and there will be links a'plenty there, I'm sure!

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