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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KevinC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 9:25am
I probably won't do anything with my round 1 entry. I wasn't too crazy about it...not enough to delve back in and make it better, anyway. It served its purpose...it's probably time for it to go to bed. (-:
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Of the NYCM contests I've done:

SSC 18: Horror/Last Will and Testament/Stewardess, eliminated in round one, "Deadhead". Expanded,  sold to Ulthar Press for the anthology Machinations and Mesmerism: A Tribute to E.T.A. Hoffmann

FFC18 Round One: Suspense/A thermostat/Poultry Farm, third place, "Intruder Alert." Not submitted anywhere because it's a suspense story about a dog. Maybe the right market will come along.

FFC18 Round Two: Fantasy/A Banquet/A Piglet, eighth place, "Apples to Apples". Submitted to several markets, latest one just sent a request to hold it for further consideration.

FFC18 Round Three: Ghost Story/A darkroom/a Bathrobe, eliminated, "GhostLife". Expanded, sold to Smoking Pen Press for the anthology Vampires, Ghosts, and Zombies.

SSC 19 Round One: Horror/House Arrest/A Passerby, third place, "The Road to Rakvere" Spelling corrected even though Random's the only one who knew the difference. Out for submission at the moment.

This round? I'm sure I'll do something with it. It's actually a sequel to a longer story that I wrote for Smoking Pen's A Kiss and a Promise last year and I've thought about expanding that one into a book. I hadn't planned on taking it past the first story's end point, but this might make nice bonus content.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote roccapia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 4:18pm
I have a Patreon site with followers, and so I do post my stories there for my patreon members to read vice trying to sell them. I figure at some point, I'll take all my short stories and throw 'em into a little anthology, maybe called: Short Story Attempts that Never Won Any Prizes But Might Be Fun To Read Anyway.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jhill Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 2019 at 1:09pm
I've submitted most of my NYCM entries to various markets. Several were accepted, a few are still out there. Two of my contest stories were so awful (suspense & thriller) I just hope to forget them, so they're not even in a drawer.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote uglypantsuit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Apr 2019 at 7:38am
I've never even considered submitting any of my SSF or FFC stories anywhere because I hate all of them and think they're trash. Yay, self-doubt. 
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Never done anything with mine, not confident enough. I used an excerpt of the piece I liked most (SSC18 R2) to apply for a short-story project and got it, and am considering eventually turning my R1 story of the same year into a kids’ adventure series ala Blyton. This year’s stories so far I won’t let anyone else see because I think they’re both rubbish. 
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The ones I like the best get hoarded, polished, and submitted. The rest go up on my web site.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ADave411 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2019 at 4:55pm
Originally posted by Jhill Jhill wrote:

I've submitted most of my NYCM entries to various markets. Several were accepted, a few are still out there.

Where have you submitted them? Which published your work?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zelda Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2019 at 6:10pm
This looks fun!

Do you post them to a personal blog or website? Yes, more often than not, but sometimes I don't want to bore people with a really long post, so I'm more likely to share for flash fiction or the later rounds of short story. 

Do you submit them to other contests? (If so, which ones?) Actually, yeah, I did once. My local eccentric newspaper (not the main one but a free weird one) hosted their literary contest late last year. I submitted what I felt was the best of my flash-fiction efforts: the one about the kitties who came out to play. The entry fee was a mere $5, but I didn't win. 

Do you submit them to literary magazines or other publications? (If so, which ones?) No, but that's a fun idea. I don't have the energy or wherewithal for it, because my writing goals are all tied into trying to find an agent and get a novel (or novels) published. I love writing these stories for NYC. But I really feel more called to noveling. 

Do you toss it in a drawer, never to be seen again? Sort of, but I love the idea of maybe combining them someday into a self-published volume. It would be for fun. (Trust me, there's no money in self-publishing, but it is fun and fulfilling.) 

Do you develop your story into a longer project? No, I've never done that. I guess I have other ideas for my novels, and I can sometimes "fudge" a genre for a short story, whereas I know nothing about the genre for a lengthy book. (Not that I know anything about the genres I do write, or I'd have found an agent already! If that makes sense.) 


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Mine just rot.
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