Sunday, December 28, 2014

Week #52 Weigh-in + The Bradbury Awards

This is Week 52 folks! Can you believe it?

The 4th year of Write1Sub1 is officially over, and that means it's time for our 4th 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: This year, over 35 participants have seen more than 300 submissions accepted for publication and 150+ stories and poems published by paying markets. Well done, everybody!

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:

Write1Sub1 YEAR 5

32 comments:

  1. Looks like I'm a Light Ray winner -- nice! 15 short stories + 1 novel written this year. Looking forward to seeing what happens in 2015.

    Accepted this week: "Captain Quasar and the Kolarii Kidnappers" to Perihelion Science Fiction

    Up to 21K in my current WiP, planning to wrap it up in the next week or so.

    Blogged about motivation and stats and plans for the future here.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Well done, Milo! Congrats on the year full of achievements. It's always inspirational when you report a sale and mention how many rejections it received before finding the right home. I love to see that kind of persistence, and it helps me keep moving as well.

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    2. Congrats, Milo. That's a very inspiring output! And thanks for your encouraging and generous comments over the last (my first) few weeks. I'm so happy I found this place!

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  2. I'm an average Ray winner, I think. I didn't write something new absolutely every week, but on average I wrote and submitted more than one piece a week.

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    1. Congrats, Patsy!

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    2. That's brilliant! And by my reckoning, averaging definitely counts. :)

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  3. Honoured and proud to call myself a Bradbury Winner and I congratulate all the other winners of 2014.
    I'm hoping to continue the weekly challenge, which is my main channel of motivation,
    Wishing you all a happy, productive and prosperous writing year.

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    1. Congratulations on the consistent production. The weekly challenge is tough, and while it's something I aspire to, I may never make it. My hat's off to you and all the other winners this year.

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    2. You are honoured and you should indeed be proud! Congratulations. :)

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  4. This was a huge year for me, even as the real life ups and downs kept me from checking in as consistently as I'd like. This year saw my first published story, first story in a podcast, and first agent request for a manuscript. Not a single one of those events would have occurred if I hadn't kept writing. This forum and all of the writers here have helped keep my butt in that chair even when there's something I'd rather be doing.

    I'm constantly blown away by the great strides and persistence I see here at W1S1. This was a great 2014, and I'm excited to see what we all achieve in 2015!

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    1. That's the stuff, Dan!

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    2. That's a wonderful list of achievements - milestones every one. Inspiring!

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  5. I finished the ghost story I started last week and sent it off to Strand Magazine (by snail mail, as they don't accept email subs)

    I am not a Bradbury winner, but I only started doing this a couple of weeks ago, so that's my excuse. However, count me in for the long haul and maybe at the end of next year I'll wear my crown among the Elect!

    May I say thanks to the guys who keep this site running and to everyone who participates - it's an oasis of inspiration for me and I'm very grateful to you all.

    See you all in the New Year! Keep writing!

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    1. We're so glad to have you aboard, Austin -- here's to an awesomely productive 2015!

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  6. I'm not a Bradbury winner this year. My focus has been on longer projects. (Longer is really where my strengths lie, and now that I have an agent to handle the submissions side of the novels, that's where I'm spending my time.)

    I did write a 65k novel this summer (The Spider Thief and The Assassin King) and just finished a long novella at almost 47k. In between I wrote another 70k split between two other novels-in-progress, but it looks like those won't be finished 'til next year.

    Looking forward to 2015 and another year of writing every week!

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    1. Nice work, AG! Sure you don't want to add another 3K to that novella and push it into novel territory? =]

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  7. I really don't remember when I signed up but it was around half way through the year. Perhaps had I done so a few months earlier that would have spurred me on to making it to the Light Ray Award list (with 6 publications noted here + 4 others before I found all you lovely people I might have been inspired to get the extra 2!)

    Thank you for the encouragement and the help throughout the year! I'm looking forward to REALLY completing at least the Light Ray in 2015 if not a full blown 52 publications!! (I would be happy knowing I got that many submissions if not acceptances!)

    Congratulations to those of you who made it!

    Happy New Year to one and all!

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    1. Happy New Year -- glad to have you aboard! Looking forward to seeing all that you accomplish next year.

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  8. Thank you for all the encouragement and inspiration this year - I'm so glad I found Write 1 Sub 1!!!
    I've had a total of eight stories/poems published this year, with an acceptance e-mail today for a story that will be up in January at Brilliant Flash Fiction!
    p.s. I think I wrote a comment before this but forgot to update my most current acceptance . . .

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    1. Well done, Tyrean! You're pretty dang inspirational yourself.

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  9. Yep, the Light Ray Award for me this year! Congratulations, everyone! :)

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  10. A good year! I tackled lots of stories I had left on the backburner because they were challenging, and overall I'm happy with them. My goals for 2015 include sticking with the W1S1 monthly challenge, as well as submitting more. I never feel like I submit enough. I want to get more work published, and I want my fiction quality to continue to improve. I've been doing this long enough to know there's only one way to accomplish those goals--keep writing, and never stop. Well, that's what I'm going to do then.

    Congrats to everyone on a great year! Looking forward to more stories and accomplishments in 2015!

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    1. Sounds like a plan, Devin -- keep up the good work!

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  11. Yep, I made it with at least one short story written and subbed each month, in large part thanks to W1S1. Onwards and upwards for 2015...

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    1. W1S1 definitely keeps us on track -- well done, Simon!

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  12. I didn't keep up as much as I'd hoped. I did get 2 stories written every month (Monthly x2 on that!) but I only got 6 new subs out (and about 82 resubs on top of that). Going to try and get my submissions up for 2015.

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    1. Nice work -- 2/month is nothing to sneeze at!

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  13. I'm late to the party, but it was quite a party, wasn't it?

    I didn't keep up quite as well as I would have liked in the final quarter, but I did manage 66 submissions this year and 22 acceptances, including my first pro-rate Novellette at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Hopefully more of that sort of thing in 2015.

    Congratulations to everyone who stuck with the program. Let's make this year even better.

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    1. Well done, Steve -- that BCS story is fantastic!

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