Sunday, December 29, 2013

W1S1 2013 Wrap Party: The Bradbury Awards

This is WEEK #52, folks! Can you believe it?

The third year of Write1Sub1 is officially over, and that means it's time for our third-annual BRADBURY AWARDS.

Have you somehow managed to write, edit, and submit a brand-spankin' new short story or poem every week this year? If so, you are hereby awarded with The Bradbury Award! 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.
 
“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 New Year's Day:

W1S1 Year 4!  Are you in?


 
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. Thank you, Mr. Bradbury, for inspiring us.

What's ahead? The same challenge in 2014 with Weekly and Monthly participant levels, and you can look forward to more of the community spirit W1S1 is known for. We're all in this together, and it's never too late to join!

A few reminders as we head into our fourth year:
  • The 2014 Hall of Fame will list participants whose work written as part of W1S1 2011-2014 has been accepted for publication.
  • Our Published Work$ page will continue to highlight participants who have earned money for their W1S1 efforts (2011 through 2014), whether it's been enough to buy a burrito or pay the mortgage.
  • Starting next month, reports of acceptances for the Hall of Fame and links to Published Work$ will be done through forms. Simply fill in the requested details and submit. A member of the W1S1 admin team will update the site in a timely manner.
  • Many of us are working on novels in addition to our shorter work, and we'll be sharing our progress in the weekly check-ins. Just remember that Write1Sub1 is all about our short fiction, first and foremost.
I'm looking forward to another awesome year. How about you?

75 comments:

  1. This week I've written a poem (unusual for me) and submitted a short story which concludes the year.
    Happy New Year everyone and good luck with your writing.

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    1. Nicely done -- on to the next.

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    2. Yay! Good for you on writing a poem! Wishing you a Happy New Year and Happy Writing. :)

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  2. I rounded out this year by taking a big chunk off the novel revisions (5k + another 14k that was mostly untouched so doesn't count as "new" words).

    And one rejection from Electronic Voice Phenomenon.

    Looking forward to producing more new stories in 2014! :)

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    1. I too am in the revision/editing trenches. Slowly but surely...

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    2. Congratulations on those ongoing revisions. Happy New Year! Here's to more stories and more publications in the new year. :)

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  3. I'm looking forward to next year. Books have to take priority this time around, but I still hope to get something new out each month, even if just a poem.

    W: I've been editing the novelette I wrote this month and have received a bunch of critique feedback. I won't wrap up everything by the end of the month, but that's okay--it's a 9k story, so leeway is warranted.

    S: Story for critique. Will formally submit within the next week or so. My target market doesn't open until 1/1 anyway.

    Published: My W1S1 story from January, "Stitched Wings," just came out in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. This is a dream publication for me. I'm ecstatic. ($)

    Accepted: Just a short while ago had an acceptance for my story "The Cartography of Shattered Trees" to the Fae Anthology. ($) Nice way to end the year!

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    1. A magical tale, Beth -- well told. Funny: the MC in my A is for Apocalypse tale is also named Madeline. Hall of Fame updated!

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    2. "Stitched Wings" is a lovely story. It's so delicately crafted, each paragraph moving smoothly into the next. Really nice writing. Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to reading more of your pieces next year.

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    3. Loved your story, beautifully written.

      Rohini Gupta

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  4. I was quiet in 2013, made half my new submission goal, and blew my writing goal out of the water, so I guess it balanced. I'm in for 2014 and plan on getting more stories out there. Good luck to you guys - I've been quiet yes but watching how hard some of you are working. May this be the year we wow all the editors.

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    1. Let's wow 'em good, Dawn.

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    2. I like the way you think--"The year we wow the editors!" YES, that! Awesome work with meeting your writing goals in 2013. You'll definitely submit more in 2014! Happy New Year!

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  5. Looks like I've won the Light Ray this year -- 12 new tales written/subbed in 12 months. I'm committing to the 2014 monthly challenge and plan to write a dozen new tales featuring my recurring characters -- Quasar, Coyote Cal, and Charlie Madison. I'm currently revising/editing my thriller Waiting for You and hope to start querying agents by February. Other than that, I've got 27 short stories still in need of good homes, and I'm keeping them out where they belong, making the rounds.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Congratulations on an incredible writing, submitting, and publishing year. Sounds like you have a sound game plan for the new year. Best of luck in 2014. Happy New Year! :)

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  6. I had a good year. 45 stories and 1 accidental novel (which is why I don't have 52 stories). I also made 103 submissions, ended up with 14 acceptances (7 that count as W1S1 acceptances), and nine publications.

    Finished off the year by writing a flash piece, sending off one more submission, and receiving two rejections, one on Christmas Eve, the other Christmas Day. This made me laugh.

    I'm looking forward to 2014. Happy New Year, everyone!

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    1. Thought the accidental novel was pretty funny. :)... Congrats on your stories!

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    2. Holiday rejections always give me a chuckle too -- don't those editors have lives?

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    3. What an incredible year you've had, Charity! I can't wait to hear about your writing plans for next year. :) Happy New Year!

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  7. Great year: 202 submissions, securing me the Light Ray Award. I missed a few weeks in there, somewhere...

    For the year, 20% acceptance rate for poetry. :)

    W1: 1 poem, 1 flash fiction

    S1: Flash fiction for writer's workshop

    Accepted: "Twinned at Pasture" (poem, $) to Ideomancer; "Like God's Chorus of Crickets" (poem, $) to Eye to the Telescope

    Published: "Still Life, Dinner" and "Staining Song", both W1S1 2013 ($) in Third Wednesday.

    Rejected: short-listed fiction from the Fae Anthology

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    1. Way to finish the year strong, Alicia -- Hall of Fame updated!

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    2. What an awesome year you had! That's a great acceptance rate on poetry--those can be so hard to place. Congrats on your acceptances and your publications this week. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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  8. Wow, 2013 was a blink. I managed my goal of a story written and a story subbed for each week (though I did falter in one or the other a week or two along the way, I made up for the missed step each time). I wrote a total of 55-60 new stories this year, and made a total of 145 submissions. My acceptance rate according to Duotrope was a healthy 25.6%, 38 acceptances, not all of them W1S1 stories, the vast majority unpaid. Part of my goal for 2014 is to write more speculative fictions and to sub to more paying markets. The literary flash period has been a boon to production and quality of prose, but it's not putting any beans in the pantry.

    This week:

    W1: Nothing new this week. Too many places to be.
    S1: flash to Apocrypha and Abstractions

    Accept: None
    Pub: None

    Here's to W1S1, Year Four!

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    1. You're a Bradbury Award winner -- and then some. Awesome! See you in Asimov's next year...

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    2. That's a great total for the year, Stephen. I've loved reading your stories this year. The chances you take with your writing and the depths that you reach are very inspiring to me. I've taken more risks because of the risks you've taken, so thank you. :) Wishing you the very best in 2014. Happy New Year!

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    3. Enjoyed your story in Every day fiction today. Especially the last line which was just beautiful.
      Rohini Gupta

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    4. And I enjoyed yours today, Rohini. Great start to the new year.

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  9. This year went fast. I didn't manage to keep up, but I'm looking forward to trying again with the 2014 monthly challenge.

    Congrats on all the successes this year, and here's to more next year!!

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    1. That's the spirit -- our best is yet to come, right?

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    2. Sounds like a great plan! You'll keep up in 2014. It's going to be an awesome year. Wishing you much writing and much success. Happy New Year!

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  10. Just starting my next story... for 2014 Write1sub1 of course!

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    1. That's how it's done, Daniel!!! Great to hear. Looking forward to reading about your progress in the months to come. Happy New Year!

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    2. Have fun with it, Daniel.

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  11. Wow! Fifty-two weeks for real? I've learned so much about myself, about writing, and about submitting. It's been a great year. I definitely submitted more than 52 pieces over the past 12 months, but I did miss two weeks of submitting over the summer. My writing remained steady the entire time, poems or stories written every week. It's nice to have a fat file of drafts to choose from when I find myself with extra time for editing.

    I think I'm aiming for the weekly plan in 2014. I'm still not ready to tackle a novel, so I think my time will be best served on flash and poetry. I'd also like to write a few more nonfiction pieces.

    As for this week, I wrote a handful of poems. I submitted one poem. No publications, but I did have an acceptance that came in last week. (Christmas week was so busy I never got around to posting.) Every Day Poets bought my story "The Circus." ($) Very happy about it because it was a NaNoPAD poem, and I had a great time writing it.

    I can't tell you how excited I am about 2014. It's going to be a great year for all of us here at Write1,Sub1! Happy New Year, writers!

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    1. Well done, Von -- Hall of Fame updated!

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  12. Where did the year go? I joined late so could not do the 52 subs, but sent out around 40 and wrote a quick story almost every day so it was not a bad year. Hope to do better next year.

    Its been great and a huge thanks to this wonderful, friendly, supportive group keeping us on track.

    Looking forward to reading the anthology - the first of many I hope.

    Happy new year and see you all regularly for a long time to come.

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    1. 40 is a healthy number -- nicely done.

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  13. I'm in! Obviously. 2014 is going to be a great year, I can feel it...

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  14. I'm nervous about committing because I fell off the submission wagon in 2013, but I'm going to give it another shot and forgive myself for past productivity transgressions. Let's do this!

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    1. 2014 is a clean slate -- glad to have you on board!

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    2. FOLLY BLAINE! Yay, so happy you're back! :) You can do it. What happened (or didn't happen) in 2013, stays in 2013. Forward march. :)

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    3. Thanks, Milo and Von. :)

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  15. First publication of 2014: January 1st
    My first publication came out tonight or this morning :)
    http://www.danielwallock.com/2014/01/01/publication-burningword-literary-journal/

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    1. I would like to be first accepted to 2014 hall of fame :)

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    2. Way to go, Daniel! Hall of Fame updated.

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  16. Big cheer for everyone who succeeeded with the 2013 challenges!
    (and well done, Daniel, what a great start to the New Year!)
    I failed to write a new story every month but my excuse is that I got sidetracked recycling some of my old stories. I also finished the first draft of The Novel so I gave myself a pat on the back for that.
    I've put the 2014 W1S1 logo on my blog. Hoping the fact that it matches the colour scheme of my blog is a good omen!

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    1. Finishing that first draft is a great feeling -- glad to have you along for another year of writing and subbing.

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  17. Great to watch all the activity of W1S1 this past year. Congrats to everyone who met their goals or (like me) used the community here as inspiration to get back on that horse.

    W1S1 has been a terrific tool for me to keep writing and editing, and I'm looking forward to a my first full year of challenges in 2014!

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  18. I managed to write a story every month, but fell off the submission wagon in October. Watching only two subs languish (one over 6 months, one nearly 4) on the Grinder is SAD, esp compared to 2012 when I successfully did the weekly W1S1.
    Biggest fail though was forgetting to check in on Sundays, esp toward end of year. Goal is to write AND sub monthly and checkin weekly next year to cheer on the weekly folks.
    Congrats to all on a great year - it is inspiring to read through all the posts!

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    1. Here's to a fresh new year of writing and subbing, Lee!

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  19. After a short break, I'm back and ready for the 2014 Monthly Challenge! :)

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    1. Yahoo! Glad to have you back, Madeline. Your name's popped up in a couple W1S1 stories -- must be a sign.

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    2. Recharged and refocused. Welcome back.

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  20. I wrote four poems tonight. :)

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    1. Very cool! Sometimes those poems just flow, huh? :)

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    2. All of them just fell out of me! :) And I wrote a short story!

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  21. I'm diving in for 2014 - nervous but committed! Nearly finished Write-1!

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    1. Awesome, Beth! Welcome to the site! :)

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    2. Welcome. The water's fine.

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  22. I'm in!!! I think I had the challenge a bit mixed up last year, but this year I'm ready. :)

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    1. Welcome back, Tyrean! If you have any questions, let us know! Happy Writing and Submitting! :)

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    2. So glad you're on board this year, Tyrean!

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    3. Great, Tyrean. Here's to a wonderful year of writing and companionship.

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  23. I started this last in 2013 and felt really out of place (only my own silly feelings.. the people here are awesome) so I decided to just let the rest of the year go (posting here NOT writing i did a bunch of it and submitted a bunch too :D... but this calendar year we're ON, baby!

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    1. This year's gonna rock -- glad you've (re)joined the throng!

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    2. That's the way we roll around here.

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  24. Just subbed four poems and one short story! (I wrote them all last night!)

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  25. 2013 was my best writing year yet - I think 2014 is going to be even better.

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