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Forum Name: Creative Writing Corner
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Topic: Now What, Writers?
Posted By: ADave411
Subject: Now What, Writers?
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2019 at 9:41pm
I'm interested in hearing what (if anything) you do with your contest short stories once they are written.

Do you post them to a personal blog or website?
Do you submit them to other contests? (If so, which ones?)
Do you submit them to literary magazines or other publications? (If so, which ones?)
Do you toss it in a drawer, never to be seen again?
Do you develop your story into a longer project?
Do you save it for a future compilation of other shorter works for some future project?
All the above or other?

Share away!


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Posted By: OnyxLily
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2019 at 10:08pm
I've submitted my R1 PolSat to an online publication, The Satirist. I'm thinking about submitting my R2 Comedy to the "To Hull and Back" short story competition.


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Posted By: MsVickie
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2019 at 10:37pm
The only story I'm considering submitting anywhere is "The Origins of Anne Bonny" one that I wrote for round one this time (after a few edits based on feedback/judges!) The one I just wrote for round two I will probably never submit anywhere because I hated writing it. Fairy tales are not my genre.

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2019 SSCR2H2: http://tinyurl.com/y3m73pwl" rel="nofollow - The Whole Tooth
2019 SSCR1H15: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic20456_post261878.html#261878" rel="nofollow - The Origins of Anne Bonny


Posted By: Lisa_Who
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2019 at 11:03pm
Thus far, all they're doing is keeping my hard drive warm at night.

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Posted By: SLK43
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 12:13am
Originally posted by OnyxLily OnyxLily wrote:

I've submitted my R1 PolSat to an online publication, The Satirist. I'm thinking about submitting my R2 Comedy to the "To Hull and Back" short story competition.
Do it! I've submitted Pythagoras LOL


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 1:31am
I would not put your round 2 story up anywhere public yet, wait till the judging is finished as they might do a plagiarism search and find your blog post or whatever, other than that the story is yours to do with as you want.


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Posted By: RebRas
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 7:35am
I'm thinking about creating a collection a standalone short stories that form a novel, based around my entries this go around. I got suspense both rounds and was stuck the second time, so I wrote a prequel to my first story. It feels kind of pulpy rather than literary, but I've had fun with it and have gotten pretty good reception from my friends who've read both.

I'm also in the process of editing my flash stories from last year and am trying to find appropriate magazine homes for them. 


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Posted By: uglypantsuit
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 8:08am
Nothing because I feel like I haven't really hit that spark with anything I wrote for NYC yet. This round was probably the first that feels like something that I could actually pitch as a story. I bet the judges will hate it 😂😂


Posted By: dias
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 8:44am
Originally posted by RebRas RebRas wrote:

I'm thinking about creating a collection a standalone short stories that form a novel, based around my entries this go around. I got suspense both rounds and was stuck the second time, so I wrote a prequel to my first story.

I was just going to ask if anyone had ever done this - I got crime caper for both rounds, and the prompts for round 2 really suited my round 1 story, so I was tempted to do a prequel/sequel. It must be challenging to make it work as a stand-alone story for the judges! I love the idea of creating your own universe of short stories though. 


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Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 8:57am
I did submit my R1 one somewhere that will never take it but I just did it for the hell of it. My Round 2 one is probably going nowhere, but I kind of want to tuck it away to use the idea in something else, potentially.

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FF2019 C2 G124 - https://tinyurl.com/y3wq8rra" rel="nofollow - Help Happy Mei


Posted By: KevinC
Date 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. (-:


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 10:19am
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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Posted By: roccapia
Date 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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Posted By: Jhill
Date 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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R1 Garalinda-15 pts
R2 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23329_post296035.html#296035" rel="nofollow - The Other Side (Mystery)


Posted By: uglypantsuit
Date 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. 


Posted By: Emfizz
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2019 at 5:54pm
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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SSC R2 https://bit.ly/2KsQhTv" rel="nofollow - Somewhere over the Rainbow

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Posted By: nixie
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2019 at 11:13pm
The ones I like the best get hoarded, polished, and submitted. The rest go up on my web site.

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Posted By: ADave411
Date 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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Posted By: Zelda
Date 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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Posted By: RichmondRoad
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2019 at 6:04am
Mine just rot.


Posted By: td333777
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2019 at 9:38am
I submitted my first round piece “Ruthless Efficiency” (first place) to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.  I have a piece coming out with them in about six weeks, so I was very hopeful they’d want another one.  Got my rejection letter last week on day 67 since submittal.  Their average time to reject a story is 19 days, so I know it was heavily considered.  The editor said she enjoyed reading and was especially impressed with the creativity of the story, but it’s not a good fit for what they need right now.  Luckily, today I found a place that pays almost as good as EQ that’s looking for stories of that length, so I’ll be giving them a shot as well.  I believe it’s good enough to hold out for a paid market.

TD


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SSC 2018 - 2nd place
FFC 2017 - 1st place


Posted By: Tricksie
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2019 at 3:50pm
Depends on the story. I really liked my round 1 story, I'll revise it and submit it around. I have some stories from past contests I've been submitting. And some stuff that was contest-ok, but totally not my genre and it'll just kind of sit in my iCloud. :) 

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