Saturday, December 31, 2011

Week #52 Check-in + The Bradbury Awards!

Are YOU a "December End of the Beginning" winner?

At the end of each month here at Write1Sub1, we publish a list of everyone who has managed to stick to the challenge: whether weekly, monthly or whatever variant is working for you.

This month, everyone who has done so receives the December End of the Beginning Award (in honor of Ray Bradbury's 1956 short story, "The End of the Beginning").

If you've met your W1S1 writing goals during the month of December, just add your name and website URL to the linky widget below. And if you've had a W1S1 work published this month that you're particularly proud of, add its title and URL to the widget as well, and we'll be sure to check it out!

BLOGFEST RULES: Visit all of the participants above and give them each a virtual slap on the back for their success this month. Then visit their published works, and leave a comment if possible.

Oh, but we're not done yet. Nope, not by a long shot.

This is WEEK #52, folks! Can you believe it? The first year of Write1Sub1 is offically over, and that means it's time for our first-annual BRADBURY AWARDS.

Have you somehow managed to write, edit, and submit a brand-spankin' new short story every week this year? If so, you are hereby awarded with The Bradbury! Yahoo! Be sure to leave your acceptance speech in the comments below.

"If you can write one short story a week -- doesn't matter what the quality is to start, but at least you're practicing. At the end of the year, you have 52 short stories, and I defy you to write 52 bad ones. Can't be done."
- Ray Bradbury

And for those of you who have written, edited, toiled over, and finally submitted a new work of fiction every month this year, we have The Light Ray award! Way to go! Be sure to leave your acceptance speech in the comments, too.

“I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true -- hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it.”  - Ray Bradbury

Let's reward ourselves today, folks. We've accomplished something extraordinary. But let's not spend too much time partying here at the finish line. We've got another marathon to run, and it starts tomorrow:



  1. Yay! It was touch and go at times, but I made it. Hell of a year. At least one story or poem written and submitted each week.

    Here's my check-in for this week:

    Written: Luminous Beings (haiku), Dog Days (flash)

    Submitted: Luminous Beings (haiku), Dog Days (flash)

    Accepted: Vapour Trails (Twitter) by 7x20, Heart Condition (Twitter) by 7x20, Lightning Rod (Twitter) by 7x20

    Published: The Magister's Clock by Apollo's Lyre

  2. Nice finish, Simon. Hall of Champions updated!

  3. As for me, this week's W1S1: "From Scheol My Soulfire Burns" to Flash Fiction Online.

    Accepted: "Stone in the Sky and Bread Below" from Week#23 to Every Day Fiction + 2 haiku to Trapeze.

    Published: From Week#11 "El Diablo de Paseo Grande" in the Arcane anthology + a reprint of my Week#6 story "Grandpa's Bluetooth" in Apollo's Lyre + my Week#17 story "Identity Thief" is now available for pre-order from Musa Publishing.

    All in all, Write1Sub1 2011 was an even greater experience than I'd hoped it would be, and it warmeth me heart to see so many folks joining the throng for next year. Of my 52 stories written this year, 15 have already been accepted for publication, and I can't help but have high hopes for the others.

    Bring on 2012!

  4. I'm in a buffet induced stupor this week. I have subbed, but not completed anything this week. Congratulations to you December winners and to any one who managed a years, I tip my bonnet to you.

  5. Ah, I only started the challenge in August, so I guess that means I only get half a badge. :P

    December has been a good month for me, received my first and second acceptances -- both pro-paying, which is awesome. Submitted a new stories to Penumbra and Earthbound.

    Congrats to everyone for keeping with the challenge and good luck with the 2012!

  6. Thanks again for all the inspiration. Monthly W1S1 is working out well for me. And the year ended with a bang. I had one story accepted this month, and three stories published/released.

    Wishing you all a richly storied 2012.

  7. Some months were definitely easier than others for me, but I can't complain with results. Eleven publications total with a few of those forthcoming in 2012. Wow.

    Written: Nothing new this week. It was all revisions, submissions, and critiques.

    Published: "A Taste" in the Apollo's Lyre W1S1 Spotlight.

    Here's to an even grander 2012!

  8. Wow! End of the year!

    Congratulations to everyone :)

    I started this in April, and since then I have subbed out about 20 stories.
    I've had four acceptances, two have been published already, and two will see the light of day in the new year.

    I wouldn't have done any of this if it hadn't been for W1S1, both here and on AW.
    I would still just be someone who messed about writing stuff for no particular reason except for their own amusement.
    But now I'm a writer. I've been published and I've been paid, and that feels so good.

    All you peeps are wonderful. I don't know what I'd do without you all.

  9. Came up short on the monthly, but I'm still pleased about my progress.

    18 new stories
    7 new submissions (62 resubs too)

    Next year, I'll get those 5 other subs out. ;)

  10. Dec 2011 - wrote 0, submitted 4 (stories just sitting on my hard drive waiting the light to turn green :)

    Congrats to all the finishers of the beginnishers. Looking forward to 2012.

  11. Congratulations on December, all. And three cheers for those who have stuck with it through the whole year--a great achievement!

    This week's check-in:

    W1S1: A WotF entry.

    Accepted: Nout.

    Published: "Climbing 'til Doomsday" in the Apollo's Lyre W1S1 issue.

    Best of luck in 2012!

  12. Lot's of good momentum going into the new year. Congratulations to all who participated this year.

    My week? Not bad.

    W1: "The Maine Thing" (short story)

    S1: story to Pure Slush; five flashes to Connotation; micro to Brain Harvest.

    Accept: "The Main Thing" will run in Pure Slush's second print collection in early 2012.

    Published: Coffee at r.k.vr.y; A Formidable Joy at Prick of the Spindle; Likeness, and Goat Island at Apollo's Lyre.

  13. Steve, Congrats on your publications! Hey, you live in New Castle? I used to live in Ellwood. Small world. Lyn

  14. Well, let's see here. I was doing good on the Weekly version until about May, where I missed a week. From there I was managing about three stories/subs a month until August. By then I was definitely doing the Light Ray version. In November I wrote a novel for Nanowrimo and resubmitted one of my shorts. And this month I wrote and submitted one story.

    So, whatcha think? Half a Bardbury and half a Light Ray? Maybe call it a Bradlight! Wonder what the statue would look like ... XD

    Anyway, a grand total of thirty-three short stories (and a novel) written, at least as many subs, though probably more, and twelve acceptances. Two second place contest winners, and a couple of Honorable Mentions. Eleven stories are in publication now, with one anthology publication canceled. I'm still waiting to hear back on at least two others right now. Payments ranged from Contributor Copies to $50 for a single story.

    Wow. At the beginning of Year One, I never would have thought I could do all that. I still remember the giddy rush with my first acceptance. I'm addicted.

    Bring it on, 2012!

  15. Gary Watkins12/31/2011

    I came on board around August/September as a 1/month guy. I have met that lofty (for me) goal and had 3 of my submissions published, 2 awaiting an answer, and 2 rejected.

    I have revised one of those rejections and am just waiting for the new year (and new reading period) to submit it to a new publisher.

    Thanks for the Light Ray. Prior to this, the only Light Ray I was associated with was the one that would shine out my ear when someone held a flashlight up to the other ear!

  16. Deborah: Bonnets rock.

    Defcon: Congrats on the Pro-accepts! I'll update the Hall of Champions.

    Anne: Way to go! I'm hoping the monthly level will suit me well next year.

    Beth: Agreed; some weeks, the stories almost wrote themselves, but others were like pulling out my own teeth.

    Lydia: You are a writer, mos def! I will never forget the two stories you had published this year.

    Dawn: Nicely done!

    Lyn: We're going to rock it.

    Shane: Good luck on WotF -- the only response I've ever gotten from them is "You are not a winner." And I've done my best not to take it personally.

    Steve: You never fail to impress, Flash Master. Hall of Champions updated!

    Sparklecat: You've got it -- the First Ever Bradlight Award is officially yours!

  17. Gary: You're another W1S1 success story. Thanks for joining our throng!

  18. Congrats everyone!

    Since dropping back to the monthly version of the challenge, I'm doing pretty well hehe.

    Written: 2 stories

    Submitted: 1 story

    Accepted: none

    Published: "The Bachorum Principle" in Fantastique Unfettered, Issue 4. This is my first W1S1 sale! I just squeaked in under the wire, huh?

    You've all been awesome this year. I look forward to carrying it over into 2012. :)

  19. Onward and upward, Brenda! Congrats on the publication -- Hall of Champions updated.

  20. Awesome-sauce. What a great program.

  21. Congrats to everyone! My marathon run has come to an end, I'm afraid. Good luck to you all as you enter W1S1 RELOADED. It was an amazing year! Didn't sell any of my 2011 W1S1 stories this year, but I figure that's what 2012 is for ;)

  22. Congratulations to all! I got my story in for the month and I did at least one story a month for the whole year - I am an official Light Ray Winner!

    I've had such a good time here at W1S1 and I hope to take some of the oomph and camaraderie I found here and keep it going in the new year. :)

  23. Here's to both oomph and camaraderie! Well done, Madeline.

  24. Congratulations to everyone!

    W1S1 has helped me tremendously with my writing this year, pushing me to produce more work and get it out there on time. 150 total submissions in 2011!

    Looking forward to an even busier writing/publication schedule in 2012!

  25. Way to go, Alex! 150 is astounding; nicely done.

  26. For the final week of 2011...

    Written: THE OLD ONES ARE COMING (drabble) & NO GOODBYES (drabble)

    Submitted: THE OLD ONES ARE COMING (drabble) & NO GOODBYES (drabble)

    Accepted: None, though I got another mighty personal rejection! Battle scars, baby.

    Published: Three Winters by Apollo's Lyre

  27. Every rejection -- particularly the personal ones -- is a sign of progress. Our work is out there. Way to go, Stephanie!

  28. Made it, reasonably creditably through last year, this year ... I need to up my subs I think - maybe get paid, maybe do something about finding an agent ... who knows?

  29. All good goals, mos def. Onward and upward!

  30. WooHoo, I made it through twelve months, by far the most productive of my short "career" as a writer. No time to rest. The end of January is approaching fast.

    Congrats to all the other W1S1ers (or whatever we call ourselves) and best of luck for 2012.

  31. Another W1S1 success story! Keep up the good work in 2012, Jeff.