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Topic: RESULTS
Posted By: chrissie0707
Subject: RESULTS
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:46pm
Good luck to all those moving on!

Can't say this one didn't sting. And on a MONDAY, of all days. Ugh.

Looking forward to Flash!

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FFC#2 - You Make Your Own Luck
Micro#1 - https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23749_post302312.html#302312" rel="nofollow - One More Day



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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:48pm

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. I have, without fail, managed a HM in every SS and FF semi-final, but never moved on to the Finals. Some day. Ah well. I already know where I want to sub this piece.

Best of luck this weekend, everyone!


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SSC1 Between Heartbeats-2nd
SSC2 https://bit.ly/2VB96F8" rel="nofollow - Down Payment - HM


Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:50pm
Got an HM, which is about what I expected (I never get into finals for fiction!) But I scored higher than last year, where I got an HM in Round 1, so I'm happy. I also did not particularly want to write this weekend so I'm not sore about it.

Congrats to all who moved on, especially Nicole622 - I knew you'd get 1st place as soon as I read it!


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Short Screenplay R1: http://bit.ly/2oPniPv" rel="nofollow - The Farmer's Fortune
FFCH3: https://bit.ly/379M2Ue" rel="nofollow - Sacred Silence


Posted By: Mystic Platypus
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:50pm
I made it! I don't have high hopes going into this last one because I'm sure I'm up against the best of the best now, but it feels great to make it through on my first competition! 

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MicroR1: https://bit.ly/2Mpc4sY" rel="nofollow - The Doorway to Second Chances
FFR2: https://bit.ly/2QlpnOy" rel="nofollow - Through Hell & Hemorrhoids


Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:51pm
Originally posted by Mystic Platypus Mystic Platypus wrote:

I made it! I don't have high hopes going into this last one because I'm sure I'm up against the best of the best now, but it feels great to make it through on my first competition! 


Congrats! I loved your story!

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FFC#2 - You Make Your Own Luck
Micro#1 - https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23749_post302312.html#302312" rel="nofollow - One More Day


Posted By: roccapia
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:51pm
wow! That was unexpected! Doubly so because I got 2nd in my heat! Woohooooooo!!! :)

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MF R1: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic24107_post304513.html#304513" rel="nofollow - Lake Pikopski



Posted By: ABC
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:54pm
Nothing here, but congrats to those who made it- especially those in my round that posted! I think two of them are moving on!

I'm considering the Flash- anyone else? How does it compare to the Short Story comp?


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23837_post302525.html#302525" rel="nofollow - Padiddle


Posted By: Mystic Platypus
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:56pm
Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Originally posted by Mystic Platypus Mystic Platypus wrote:

I made it! I don't have high hopes going into this last one because I'm sure I'm up against the best of the best now, but it feels great to make it through on my first competition! 


Congrats! I loved your story!

Thank you! I loved yours too, I really wish we could all be participating! I will need betas though if you're up for it... Tongue


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MicroR1: https://bit.ly/2Mpc4sY" rel="nofollow - The Doorway to Second Chances
FFR2: https://bit.ly/2QlpnOy" rel="nofollow - Through Hell & Hemorrhoids


Posted By: td333777
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:57pm
Argh.  Back to back semi-finals, and not even an Honorable Mention.  Be interested to see if one judge screwed me, or if all three were just lukewarm on my story. Bring on Flash Fiction!!

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http://bit.ly/32IoEcZ" rel="nofollow - FFC 2019 - Ch 3, Gr 23 Escape
SSC 2018 - 2nd place
FFC 2017 - 1st place


Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:58pm
Originally posted by ABC ABC wrote:

Nothing here, but congrats to those who made it- especially those in my round that posted! I think two of them are moving on!

I'm considering the Flash- anyone else? How does it compare to the Short Story comp?

I like it better than Short Story. 48 hours and 1000 words is easier for me - 2500 seems enormous in comparison!


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Short Screenplay R1: http://bit.ly/2oPniPv" rel="nofollow - The Farmer's Fortune
FFCH3: https://bit.ly/379M2Ue" rel="nofollow - Sacred Silence


Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 12:59pm
Originally posted by Mystic Platypus Mystic Platypus wrote:

Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Originally posted by Mystic Platypus Mystic Platypus wrote:

I made it! I don't have high hopes going into this last one because I'm sure I'm up against the best of the best now, but it feels great to make it through on my first competition! 


Congrats! I loved your story!


Thank you! I loved yours too, I really wish we could all be participating! I will need betas though if you're up for it... Tongue


For sure. PM me when you're ready for a read!

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FFC#2 - You Make Your Own Luck
Micro#1 - https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23749_post302312.html#302312" rel="nofollow - One More Day


Posted By: crumhorn
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:00pm
I'm out! Congrats to all those moving on!

 This was my first time participating, and I had a blast.  Just signed up for flash.  :-) 


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FF'19 CH3 H2: https://bit.ly/2NNqhlt" rel="nofollow - The Boy and the Bear

FF'19 CH2 H60: https://bit.ly/2kS2nJM" rel="nofollow - To Kill Another Day



Posted By: ABC
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:02pm
Originally posted by manifestlynot manifestlynot wrote:

Originally posted by ABC ABC wrote:

Nothing here, but congrats to those who made it- especially those in my round that posted! I think two of them are moving on!

I'm considering the Flash- anyone else? How does it compare to the Short Story comp?

I like it better than Short Story. 48 hours and 1000 words is easier for me - 2500 seems enormous in comparison!

That does sound fun. Maybe I'll give it a go!


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23837_post302525.html#302525" rel="nofollow - Padiddle


Posted By: zchgdn
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:03pm
Well, at least I made it to round 2... Clap

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SSC2019: R2, G10: https://bit.ly/2D771tr" rel="nofollow - "The Only Living Boy
SSC2019: R1, G56: https://bit.ly/2YZ8bQN" rel="nofollow - "art imitates life" (2nd Place)


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:05pm
Not even an honorable mention and unless I missed someone,no one who posted from my heat even got an HM. Eh. I knew I took a chance because the genre description makes it pretty clear the kind of romcom they want (Hallmark shlock, Nora Ephron cutesy stuff) and I don't slum that hard. Continuing the tradition that the more objectivly good a story I do the worse it scores here! 

At least my favorite thing I think I read the whole time WON its heat! "Magpies of Sugrut"! 


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FFC R1 GR40: Iconoclast
https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23455_post296776.html#296776" rel="nofollow - FFC R2 G40: Void Deck


Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:13pm
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Not even an honorable mention and unless I missed someone,no one who posted from my heat even got an HM. Eh. I knew I took a chance because the genre description makes it pretty clear the kind of romcom they want (Hallmark shlock, Nora Ephron cutesy stuff) and I don't slum that hard. Continuing the tradition that the more objectivly good a story I do the worse it scores here! 

At least my favorite thing I think I read the whole time WON its heat! "Magpies of Sugrut"! 

I suspect I was penalized on my genre interpretation as well (more drama than romance), but your story was truly one of my favorites from this round.


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Short Screenplay R1: http://bit.ly/2oPniPv" rel="nofollow - The Farmer's Fortune
FFCH3: https://bit.ly/379M2Ue" rel="nofollow - Sacred Silence


Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:15pm
Originally posted by manifestlynot manifestlynot wrote:

Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Not even an honorable mention and unless I missed someone,no one who posted from my heat even got an HM. Eh. I knew I took a chance because the genre description makes it pretty clear the kind of romcom they want (Hallmark shlock, Nora Ephron cutesy stuff) and I don't slum that hard. Continuing the tradition that the more objectivly good a story I do the worse it scores here! 

At least my favorite thing I think I read the whole time WON its heat! "Magpies of Sugrut"! 


I suspect I was penalized on my genre interpretation as well (more drama than romance), but your story was truly one of my favorites from this round.


I loved both of your stories, and was bummed not to see them on the list! So few of my favorites made the cut this round.

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FFC#2 - You Make Your Own Luck
Micro#1 - https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23749_post302312.html#302312" rel="nofollow - One More Day


Posted By: dashesndots
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:21pm
Didn't make it and totally understand why.  One of the stories in my group that I really enjoyed got 2nd in the group though, so I'm glad for that. 

And at least I got to participate in the second round.

I'm ready for Flash now, haha!



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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic22505_post283165.html#283165" rel="nofollow - CH1 GR23 Party of One (Drama)


Posted By: Alex Grey
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:27pm
Originally posted by Mystic Platypus Mystic Platypus wrote:

I made it! I don't have high hopes going into this last one because I'm sure I'm up against the best of the best now, but it feels great to make it through on my first competition! 


That is brilliant news - I'll be roooting for you in the final :-)


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FF2019 R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/round-1-group-7-the-wide-horizons_topic23824.html" rel="nofollow - The Wide Horizons


Posted By: Alex Grey
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:29pm
Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Good luck to all those moving on!

Can't say this one didn't sting. And on a MONDAY, of all days. Ugh.

Looking forward to Flash!


I am amazed at that result - your round 2 story was so thoughtful.

On to Flash - can't wait myself!


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FF2019 R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/round-1-group-7-the-wide-horizons_topic23824.html" rel="nofollow - The Wide Horizons


Posted By: rlmartinez400
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:36pm
Just an honorable mention here. Kinda sucks that I can't move on. I've been fighting a lot of confidence issues with my writing and it would have been nice to ride the high a bit longer. I'll be interested to read the feedback, though.

Congrats to all those moving on! Fight hard, Wordslingers!


Posted By: Cassalass
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:38pm
I didn't make it but what a great learning experience. Especially due to the the forum. Thanks all and best of luck. I'll watch for what's bound to be some terrific stuff in the final round.

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R1,H55,Historical Fiction http://tinyurl.com/y6yrlchd" rel="nofollow - The Rat Merchant
R2,H11,Romance http://tinyurl.com/y5lkpyjm" rel="nofollow - On Your Left


Posted By: Tim G
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:41pm
No nothing for me, but I can take the fact this was my first ever short story round 2 and build on it. Well done to everyone moving through. You're after them big dreams now.

TG


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Flash R3: https://bit.ly/32Pg2RI" rel="nofollow - The Old Men's Club (Mystery)
Short Screenplay R1: https://bit.ly/2OONrZz" rel="nofollow - Lookout Lily Grills the Suspects (Mystery)


Posted By: lgeverdell
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:09pm
Holy forking shirtballs (sorry anyone who hasn't seen The Good Place and has no idea what I'm on about...) I can't even breathe right now! 

Also thrilled to see @Holdo! "Rightful Things" is amazeballs! Congrats! See you in the finals!  



...woah, that's a lot of exclamation points


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SSC19 R1 - Dark Roast - 1st
SSC2019 R2 - Voices - 1st
https://tinyurl.com/y3dgll6p" rel="nofollow - SSC19 R3 - True Dead


Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:10pm
Zip for me, but hey, it's a mixed blessing. On the one hand, I don't have to compete in the next level. On the other hand, I don't GET to compete in the next level.

Best of luck to all of you who are moving on!


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FFC2019 C3 G01 | http://bit.ly/2XcEkUs" rel="nofollow - Moonstone Madness
SSP2019 C1 G20 | http://bit.ly/2MjG0rE" rel="nofollow - Doesn't Have the Range


Posted By: Cosima
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:15pm
I MADE IT!

I am flipping somersaults. I had SO much trouble with this one's bizarre prompts.

Good luck, everyone. There were some amazing stories this round and I hope who aren't moving on submit their work and get it published--you deserve it!


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SSC R3: https://bit.ly/2X2YRtX" rel="nofollow - Call of the Void (HM)
SSC R2: https://bit.ly/2uZBzJ3" rel="nofollow - Cinna's List (Thriller) (2nd)
SSC R1: Angie (Suspense) (1st)


Posted By: ueberbill
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:15pm
I'm out (and totally understand why, I wasn't happy with my plot at all) but as a first-timer just getting to the 2nd Round was both my goal and a cool accomplishment. I think I'll give Flash a try and will certainly be back for SSC next time. Congrats to all who advanced!

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic20184_post260330.html" rel="nofollow - SSC R1 H9: Red Lacquer

https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic20834_post270837.html#270837" rel="nofollow - SSC R2 H25: The Understudy


Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:25pm
Totally out - welp, now I don't have to worry about getting that R3 story done and drive to Florida at the same time, haha. 


Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:27pm
I'm also out, which I was expecting, but this was my first short story competition and I was thrilled to make it to round 2. I definitely learned a lot and look forward to the Flash Fiction contest! Congratulations to all who made it! Looking forward to reading the feedback from the judges. 

-Alex


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Short Screenplay R1 https://tinyurl.com/y5erb3k5" rel="nofollow - Little Miss 4th of July
Flash R3 https://tinyurl.com/ydzj7ur3" rel="nofollow - Double Dog Dares and Bird Calls


Posted By: Alex Grey
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:29pm
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

I'm also out, which I was expecting, but this was my first short story competition and I was thrilled to make it to round 2. I definitely learned a lot and look forward to the Flash Fiction contest! Congratulations to all who made it! Looking forward to reading the feedback from the judges. 

-Alex

Sad result - I thought Zelda was a great romp :-)


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FF2019 R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/round-1-group-7-the-wide-horizons_topic23824.html" rel="nofollow - The Wide Horizons


Posted By: justmel
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:30pm
I think this was my fourth time getting into R2, but I've never gotten any further, so I'm thrilled with this HM!  It gives me hope that maybe one day I might actually make it to the finals, even if this isn't my year. Good luck to those moving on!

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23305_post295939.html#295939" rel="nofollow - FF-R1C2 Pirates of Penance
https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic24081_post304291.html#304291" rel="nofollow - Micro-R1 Exposure


Posted By: Mystic Platypus
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:46pm
Originally posted by lgeverdell lgeverdell wrote:

Holy forking shirtballs (sorry anyone who hasn't seen The Good Place and has no idea what I'm on about...) I can't even breathe right now! 

Also thrilled to see @Holdo! "Rightful Things" is amazeballs! Congrats! See you in the finals!  



...woah, that's a lot of exclamation points

I love the Good Place!
And OMG! Two first place stories?! How do I even stand a chance?!


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MicroR1: https://bit.ly/2Mpc4sY" rel="nofollow - The Doorway to Second Chances
FFR2: https://bit.ly/2QlpnOy" rel="nofollow - Through Hell & Hemorrhoids


Posted By: bookmama
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 2:51pm
Nothing for me.
I was placed first in my heart in round one but nothing today. Still it's my first competition so it's probably what I should have expected!
Looking forward to reading the feedback.


Posted By: khodina
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 3:07pm
Woohoo, I scraped by in 3rd place! Congrats to @NeilWhitfield for 2nd place in our heat, and also the author of the #1 story, who I would totally tag but I couldn't find it in the forums!!!!

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r3-the-light-of-all-lights_topic21218.html" rel="nofollow - "The Light of All Lights" - R3 Story


Posted By: Holdo
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 3:13pm
Originally posted by lgeverdell lgeverdell wrote:

Holy forking shirtballs (sorry anyone who hasn't seen The Good Place and has no idea what I'm on about...) I can't even breathe right now! 

Also thrilled to see @Holdo! "Rightful Things" is amazeballs! Congrats! See you in the finals!  


Congrats and thank you! Good to see you too. I'm shocked and delighted, though only half awake (5am here, what am I doing?). Good luck!!


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SSC 2019: https://tinyurl.com/y3rtxc2x" rel="nofollow - R1 http://tinyurl.com/y254h9ue" rel="nofollow - R2 https://tinyurl.com/yycxuf96" rel="nofollow - R3


Posted By: Meggles
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 3:17pm
Dang. I didn’t even get honorable mention this time. I have a lot going on this weekend so it’s probablt for the best. Congrats to everyone moving on!!

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SSC 2019 https://bit.ly/2Ic3cqG" rel="nofollow - Round 2 Story
SSC 2019 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-h116-drawing-conclusions_topic20224.html" rel="nofollow - Round 1 Story


Posted By: Parischick
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 3:24pm
Originally posted by khodina khodina wrote:

Woohoo, I scraped by in 3rd place! Congrats to @NeilWhitfield for 2nd place in our heat, and also the author of the #1 story, who I would totally tag but I couldn't find it in the forums!!!!

That’s me! Thanks, I am totally shocked. Congratulations to you and @NeilWhitfield too!! I’m now trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my kids this weekend as my husband is out of town, and I never thought I’d advance...


Posted By: khodina
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 3:33pm
Originally posted by Parischick Parischick wrote:

Originally posted by khodina khodina wrote:

Woohoo, I scraped by in 3rd place! Congrats to @NeilWhitfield for 2nd place in our heat, and also the author of the #1 story, who I would totally tag but I couldn't find it in the forums!!!!

That’s me! Thanks, I am totally shocked. Congratulations to you and @NeilWhitfield too!! I’m now trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my kids this weekend as my husband is out of town, and I never thought I’d advance...

Congrats!! Such an achievement. I also have a bunch of plans I need to cancel now, lol!


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r3-the-light-of-all-lights_topic21218.html" rel="nofollow - "The Light of All Lights" - R3 Story


Posted By: patsy
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 4:27pm
The results are in early?  That's unheard of!!  I think I'll faint. . .   

HM for me with a 4th Place, Worst Place!!! Finish.  


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https://https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic30598_post320318.html#320318" rel="nofollow - My Flash R3 Link


Posted By: regannoelle
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 4:30pm
I made it! I ended up getting second in my group, just like first round. I’ve been so busy since the submission day with school / family troubles / basically a life overhaul that I couldn’t dedicate any thought to this. I came back to find a lot of reviews I need to return (which I feel absolutely terrible about) and the results email. I didn’t even know it was supposed to be sent today? 
I had no expectation to make it to the next round, and I am both thrilled and full of fear. This is my first short story competition, and I’m really not sure what to expect for the next round. Either way, I am grateful I get to take part in it. 
There are a lot of stories that didn’t make it on the list that honestly flabbergasted me. I haven’t read a single story that I didn’t think was fantastic, and I hope that everyone is proud of the work they created and knows that they are so so so talented, regardless of the result they received. Truly, the talent in this competion is so high, and it’s all the better that the talent belongs to such an awesome, encouraging community. I’ve loved taking part in FFC2018 and SSC2019, and I can’t wait to continue working and seeing what greatness people create in finals and in FFC2019!


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic30666_post320580.html#320580" rel="nofollow - FFC R3 Suspense "Christmas Morning"


Posted By: uglypantsuit
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 5:00pm
Not even an HM. That stings a bit, considering I felt this was the best entry I've submitted here. My feedback is absolutely useless, too. Like, shockingly bad. Oh well, next year I guess. Congrats to everyone moving on!!


Posted By: SJR090
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 5:23pm
 Yay! #5, followed by #3. Really scraping through by the skin of my teeth but super chuffed. At least I'm showing a solid progression curve Smile

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https://bit.ly/2YGCYAP" rel="nofollow - SSC 2019 R3 "Low"

https://bit.ly/2KrfYDX" rel="nofollow - SSC 2019 R2 G12 "The Pilgrim"


Posted By: vlgolden
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 5:49pm
Congratulations to all who moved through - good luck this weekend!  I sadly didn't place but I'm so proud I made it to round 2! I received feedback from 4 judges - anyone have any insight on why 4 instead of 3?  Thanks in advance! 


Posted By: dias
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 5:54pm
HM for me - can't complain, although part of me hoped this would be my year to finally make it to the finals in a prose contest. Guess I'll have to sign up for Flash again!

Congrats to all those moving on, and to everyone for making it this far Clap


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Flash 2: https://tinyurl.com/y5phezmw" rel="nofollow - The Trap (Action-Adventure)
Flash 3: https://tinyurl.com/v2te226" rel="nofollow - Sister Frances...(Mystery)


Posted By: Alex Grey
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 5:56pm
[QUOTE=SJR090] Yay! #5, followed by #3. Really scraping through by the skin of my teeth but super chuffed. At least I'm showing a solid progression curve Smile[/QUOT

I'm so pleased that you got through - "The Pilgrim" was such a powerful piece - can't wait to read your Round 3 story :-)


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FF2019 R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/round-1-group-7-the-wide-horizons_topic23824.html" rel="nofollow - The Wide Horizons


Posted By: Seacore
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 6:03pm
Disappointed but unsurprised that I didn't get through, and the advice was pretty spot on, for the most part.

Congratulations to those who made it. 


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FFC CH1 H76 - https://bit.ly/2Slt5qj" rel="nofollow - Work To Be Done
FFC CH2 H76 - https://bit.ly/2m1rhqm" rel="nofollow - A Princess in Distress


Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 6:15pm
Originally posted by dias dias wrote:

HM for me - can't complain, although part of me hoped this would be my year to finally make it to the finals in a prose contest. Guess I'll have to sign up for Flash again!

Congrats to all those moving on, and to everyone for making it this far Clap

There must have been some insane stories in your heat because your story was amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed it and am proud to be in the HM club if stories like yours are there!


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Short Screenplay R1: http://bit.ly/2oPniPv" rel="nofollow - The Farmer's Fortune
FFCH3: https://bit.ly/379M2Ue" rel="nofollow - Sacred Silence


Posted By: dias
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 6:19pm
Originally posted by manifestlynot manifestlynot wrote:

Originally posted by dias dias wrote:

HM for me - can't complain, although part of me hoped this would be my year to finally make it to the finals in a prose contest. Guess I'll have to sign up for Flash again!

Congrats to all those moving on, and to everyone for making it this far Clap

There must have been some insane stories in your heat because your story was amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed it and am proud to be in the HM club if stories like yours are there!

Aw thanks manifestlynot! Right back at you!

(And I can safely say having read my heatmates' stories, there was some insane talent there. I'm glad at least one of them made it through!)


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Flash 2: https://tinyurl.com/y5phezmw" rel="nofollow - The Trap (Action-Adventure)
Flash 3: https://tinyurl.com/v2te226" rel="nofollow - Sister Frances...(Mystery)


Posted By: Alex Grey
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 6:23pm
Originally posted by Seacore Seacore wrote:

Disappointed but unsurprised that I didn't get through, and the advice was pretty spot on, for the most part.

Congratulations to those who made it. 


I was really surprised that the judges turned their back on Milton, who was such a sympathetic and heroic - ah twas ever the fate of a perfect wierdo :-(


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FF2019 R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/round-1-group-7-the-wide-horizons_topic23824.html" rel="nofollow - The Wide Horizons


Posted By: The_Duke
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 9:08pm
Completely gobsmacked at getting 1st in my heat - and completely panicking now as I realise this means I have to write in/through/around airports on Friday/Saturday in an area not renowned for its wifi... Confused

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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 10:23pm
Originally posted by uglypantsuit uglypantsuit wrote:

Not even an HM. That stings a bit, considering I felt this was the best entry I've submitted here. My feedback is absolutely useless, too. Like, shockingly bad. Oh well, next year I guess. Congrats to everyone moving on!!

I find there's a direct correlation: the better the story I write, the worse it scores here. The one I got eliminated on in flash fic last year already sold, the one that got third in R1 this time is already racking up rejections, the one that I got eliminated on in last year's SSC is coming out in a book in June (with a bonus that the edits are all 'doubling down on stuff people didn't like and getting rid of what they did.') 


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Posted By: Holdo
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 10:31pm
So I made it through in second. (Hooray!) Feel like a bit of an ass now, as I gave up a couple of times and made a big fuss about how cruel my prompts were (when in fact that's just the nature of the comp). However, I can honestly say I would not have submitted anything if not for this forum and you good folk. This, for me, is the greatest value of the NYCM forums - not for the specific writing critiques, which can be valuable, but for the general air of encouragement and camaraderie. (Thanks especially to @Random for a well-timed pep talk - bit of tough love that helped me get up off the mat and finish the damn thing with moments to spare.)

On another note, and to reiterate the thoughts of various others above, what is up with some of these judges? As churlish as it might be to criticize the judging when you've just been promoted, some (not all) of the comments I got evinced a real lack of insight and aptitude. Like, tips on how to "improve" sentences that would have left them clunky and unattractive. And questions about plot that were answered in the story. Kind of saps the joy of advancing when you read your feedback and find it so far off the mark. (Notable exception: judge 1951. Thank you. At least someone got it.)


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Posted By: SLK43
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 10:48pm
Originally posted by Holdo Holdo wrote:

So I made it through in second. (Hooray!) 
Hey Holdo! Congratulations! I see you're from Australia as well. That makes you, The Duke and me so far (that I know) representing the land of Oz...wonder how many others are in round 3??Thumbs Up


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Posted By: ludakitty
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 11:00pm
As a first time participant, I'll make peace with a R2 HM. I would have loved to have moved on, but oh well.

Congrats to everyone going to the final!


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Posted By: Funkylamb
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 11:06pm
HM for me, a bit of a surprise to see the feedback email in my inbox because I had it in my head that results were coming on Thursday!

Congratulations to everyone moving on, see you next year. :)




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Posted By: emilymyoga
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 11:14pm
HM over here! I'll take it. Congratulations to everyone moving on!!!

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Posted By: Holdo
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 11:52pm
Originally posted by SLK43 SLK43 wrote:

Hey Holdo! Congratulations! I see you're from Australia as well. That makes you, The Duke and me so far (that I know) representing the land of Oz...wonder how many others are in round 3??Thumbs Up


Hey SLK. Congrats to you too. There are at least a couple of other Aussies in the mix, from what I can discern. Here's one:

https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic20963_post272615.html#272615" rel="nofollow - https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic20963_post272615.html#272615



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Posted By: Mumser
Date Posted: 14 May 2019 at 12:02am
Originally posted by Holdo Holdo wrote:

Originally posted by SLK43 SLK43 wrote:

Hey Holdo! Congratulations! I see you're from Australia as well. That makes you, The Duke and me so far (that I know) representing the land of Oz...wonder how many others are in round 3??Thumbs Up


Hey SLK. Congrats to you too. There are at least a couple of other Aussies in the mix, from what I can discern. Here's one:

https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic20963_post272615.html#272615" rel="nofollow - https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic20963_post272615.html#272615

Go Aussies! I’m cheering for you!


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Posted By: dias
Date Posted: 14 May 2019 at 6:50am
Originally posted by vlgolden vlgolden wrote:

I received feedback from 4 judges - anyone have any insight on why 4 instead of 3?  Thanks in advance! 

I noticed that too and assumed it was a nice perk of being in Round 2 - but now having read others' feedback, it looks like some heats had 3 judges and some had 4, which is very strange. Don't think I've seen that happen before - in screenplay it's always been 3 judges for every heat except the final, when you get 6. 


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Posted By: Nicole622
Date Posted: 14 May 2019 at 8:42am
Thanks Manifestlynot! Honestly still in shock. I read the list from bottom up and when I saw you as an HM I thought I didn’t have a chance—I really loved your piece and thought it would be top 3 for sure! I hope you keep doing these comps, I can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 14 May 2019 at 9:51am
Originally posted by dias dias wrote:

Originally posted by vlgolden vlgolden wrote:

I received feedback from 4 judges - anyone have any insight on why 4 instead of 3?  Thanks in advance! 

I noticed that too and assumed it was a nice perk of being in Round 2 - but now having read others' feedback, it looks like some heats had 3 judges and some had 4, which is very strange. Don't think I've seen that happen before - in screenplay it's always been 3 judges for every heat except the final, when you get 6. 

This surprised me as well and I've never seen it before. (Or at least never noticed it.) I did go back through all my old saved feedback and it was always 3 judges. I wondered if in certain heats the scoring was too close so they added a fourth judge for further insight? Just a theory.


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Posted By: Alex Grey
Date Posted: 15 May 2019 at 8:08am
I’m well out of this contest but I’m following with keen interest - with more “losers” (we’re not really!) than “winners” on SSC now,  I thought I’d share this apt phrase coined by a friend of mine -

 “a catastrophic trifecta of uselessness” 

Now there’s a great mouthful of a curse to hurl at your unsatisfactory judges :-D


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FF2019 R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/round-1-group-7-the-wide-horizons_topic23824.html" rel="nofollow - The Wide Horizons


Posted By: Heartstart
Date Posted: 15 May 2019 at 8:33am
First in my heat!!! That was... completely unexpected. I honestly would have been over the moon with a simple HM. 

There were also some amazing stories I read on these forums which didn't get through to Round 3 (both in my heat and others), which really surprised me. Oh well, I guess you just can't tell how the judges will decide. 

It's the federal election here in Australia this Saturday too. I'll have to vote in the morning, and start planning/writing in the afternoon. I was also planning on going to my friend's party on Saturday night, to knock back some wines, watch the polling results on the ABC, and laugh at all the politicians. Might have to re-think those plans now! 

 


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Posted By: DeLynn
Date Posted: 15 May 2019 at 8:48am
Huge ClapCONGRATULATIONSClap to the Round Two winners!

I didn't make it through, and frankly, I didn't expect to, but one always grasps that withered seed of hope, right?

I have to say that I was flummoxed when I received my judges' feedback, especially after my First Round feedback (which earned me a 1st spot). It was GLOWING. Even the 'negatives' were pretty positive, as if the judges struggled to find something they had to pick at. Intriguingly, the feedback for my first-round story was precisely the OPPOSITE; so-called 'positives' all held negative edges; most of the judges clearly didn't even "get" the story--most confused the gender of the MC, one thought she was a psycho killer (?!?!?), and one totally missed the most important connection in the climax of the story (and judge-splained to me how I could make it better)... yet, the story earned a 1st Place spot in the First Round. SMDH!!!

It leaves me wondering if the majority of the judges just want "deep", convoluted pieces--even where they themselves cannot fully comprehend the meaning (layered or obvious)? And for the record, Forum members seemed to have few issues understanding the substance/content of the story. Very weird.
My second story was a crime caper with raccoons. One judge called it "cartoonish". Ummmmm, yeah! CAPER! LOL

No sour grapes about not moving forward... I knew my story wasn't strong enough, especially the closing. And once I read others in my Heat (and many other Heats!), I was blown away. I am always honored to watch Talent receive its due. And I have most certainly enjoyed feasting on all these amazing stories! Thank-you ALL for that!!
See you in FFC2019! Wink


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Posted By: DeLynn
Date Posted: 15 May 2019 at 8:55am
Originally posted by Alex Grey Alex Grey wrote:

I’m well out of this contest but I’m following with keen interest - with more “losers” (we’re not really!) than “winners” on SSC now,  I thought I’d share this apt phrase coined by a friend of mine -

 “a catastrophic trifecta of uselessness” 

Now there’s a great mouthful of a curse to hurl at your unsatisfactory judges :-D


Alex,
I couldn't LOVE that more!!!! Judging was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO confusing and frustrating for me! I mean, I didn't really expect to move forward, but the feedback for both rounds was totally unexpected. I won a 1st Place in round 1 with mostly 'negative' feedback and judges who didn't even understand my story, and didn't get anywhere in round 2 with GLOWING feedback. My head is spinning.


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Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 15 May 2019 at 12:26pm
Originally posted by DeLynn DeLynn wrote:


I have to say that I was flummoxed when I received my judges' feedback, especially after my First Round feedback (which earned me a 1st spot). It was GLOWING. Even the 'negatives' were pretty positive, as if the judges struggled to find something they had to pick at. 

I had the same experience! I didn't even get an HM, so I was expecting my judge's feedback to be brutal, but it was so positive that I want to work on the story and submit somewhere.  The items needing work were pretty positive and solid things to tackle, similar to the feedback I received on the forum. Too funny. It was fine, I was glad I advanced to R2 at least, but the feedback was MUCH better than I expected. 


Posted By: patsy
Date Posted: 20 May 2019 at 3:21pm
Just sold my 2nd Round HM story to an anthology.  Feeling a bit better now, lol.  

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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 20 May 2019 at 3:25pm
Originally posted by patsy patsy wrote:

Just sold my 2nd Round HM story to an anthology.  Feeling a bit better now, lol.  

High five!
^_^/

I sold mine a couple days ago to a magazine, myself. (Def takes the sting out of not moving to R3)

Smile


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Posted By: Mystic Platypus
Date Posted: 20 May 2019 at 3:47pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by patsy patsy wrote:

Just sold my 2nd Round HM story to an anthology.  Feeling a bit better now, lol.  

High five!
^_^/

I sold mine a couple days ago to a magazine, myself. (Def takes the sting out of not moving to R3)

Smile

Wow congrats to you both!! I hope I have the same luck!


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Posted By: Jhill
Date Posted: 20 May 2019 at 4:22pm
Originally posted by patsy patsy wrote:

Just sold my 2nd Round HM story to an anthology.  Feeling a bit better now, lol.  

Congrats!!

And to you, too, nod!


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Posted By: tenaciousdgor
Date Posted: 20 May 2019 at 10:48pm
Where do you sell your stories?

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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 21 May 2019 at 7:10am
Originally posted by tenaciousdgor tenaciousdgor wrote:

Where do you sell your stories?

I sold mine to "Write Ahead The Future Looms"
https://www.writeaheadthefuturelooms.com/" rel="nofollow - https://www.writeaheadthefuturelooms.com/

It was a cyberpunk story so I targeted them as my first choice (as that's their niche.) They're a semi-pro mag, so I ended up making back a little more than what I paid for the contest. So that's a win in my book. If I manage to sell my R1 story, that will be gravy....



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