Sunday, December 27, 2015

Week #52 Check-in + The Bradbury Awards!

This is Week 52 folks! Can you believe it?

The 5th year of Write1Sub1 is officially over, and that means it's time for our 5th 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 20 participants have seen more than 120 submissions accepted for publication and 60+ stories and poems published by paying markets. Well done, everybody!

*While this will be the last post on our W1S1 blog, we hope you'll continue writing and submitting your work, as we'll be doing the same. Be sure to check out our Published Works page and take a look at more than 500 stories we've seen published over the past 5 years. Not sure where to send your work? Check out our Market Research page. Looking for a vibrant community of W1S1ers? Check out the Absolute Write Forum. Persperistence!


  1. I'm sad this is the last post but I'm not surprised, seeing the dramatic drop in participation the past few months.

    I think I earned a Light Ray for 2015. Yay!

    My writing work this week has been all about EDITS. I had my editor's (delightfully) brief notes on my new Clockwork Dagger story land Sunday night, then my not-so-brief novel copyedits for Breath of Earth (the new steampunk series) arrived Tuesday. No days off here, that's for sure, but that's fine by me.

    I keep in touch with many of you off of W1S1, but if not, feel free to add me on Facebook or Twitter or wherever. I wish you a 2016 full of joyous acceptances and happy reviews!

    1. Really glad to have met you through W1S1 and to have found your work and recipes too.

  2. In my fourth year of Write1Sub1, I earned a Light Ray Award!

    I only did the weekly challenge one year, and that was a lot. I'm better suited to the monthly goal, as it allows for more time to write longer pieces, edit, and not kick myself too much when I slack off a few days. I'm proud of all W1S1 has helped me accomplish and forever grateful to it. I'll miss it!

    Please stay in touch! I will continue my W1S1 monthly goals even if the blog is inactive, and I'll be tweeting my progress. Maybe we can do something like #Write1Sub1 to keep some social media presence.

    As for this week, I've written about three thousand words toward the end of a novel. I subbed one and had a set of 8 drabbles accepted at SpeckLit and a shorter fiction piece accepted to Perihelion! A great week! It's encouraging to know my 2016 will start out with publications.

    Happy New Year to all and best wishes for a prolific 2016 full of joyful writing and achievements of your goals. Stay in touch! Thanks for everything W1S1! Good luck to all!

    1. Thanks for the words of encouragement! I look forward to seeing what will be in 2016!

  3. I am a relative newbie here; this is only my second New Year party but I'm proud to say I made it to a Light Ray Award this year! Yay!

    My thanks go out to everyone participating in W1S1 for their encouragement and support. I am sure that I am not the only writer you have inspired over the past five years. I will be sad to see the blog go. Thanks once again.

  4. Thanks to everyone for your encouragement over the past few years. Wishing you all a happy new year and good luck with your writing in 2016.

  5. Is it true, that W1S2 is going out of business? Mr. Fowler, tell us it's not true. Anyway, I’ve been slacking off, cleaning up and recovering from the holidays this month. Now the chickens have come home with “Moving Violations” published by CommuterLit Jan. 5 at

    “Last Christmas, Next Christmas” was published by InfectiveINk Dec. 30 at

    “Test of English as a Foreign Language” was published by Mulberry Fork Review Jan. 26 at, pp. 25-29.

    “Holiday Games” was published by Every Day Fiction for its Xmas series, Dec. 28 at

    “Baby Needs Shoes” was accepted by Pure Slush for Five, its themed print issue.

    “Miss Apprehension” was accepted by The Story Shack for publication Mar. 18.

    And there were three subs, one rejected.

  6. Thank you so much to everyone involved in Write 1 Sub 1. I know I kept writing monthly and submitting, but I stopped checking in regularly. I apologize for that. I am so thankful for this wonderful group and those that hosted and ran it: Milo, Simon, Stephen, Stephanie, and Devin. Thank you!!!

  7. As usual, I just came in after the end of the 'event.' Are any of you getting together otherwise and still working on stories every week/month? It's always nice to have others to help keep you on track...