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How's Everyone feeling about their story?

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Topic: How's Everyone feeling about their story?
Posted By: phantasm3
Subject: How's Everyone feeling about their story?
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2020 at 9:39pm
I feel pretty confident in mine.

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Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2020 at 9:40pm
Edited my post because my response looked deranged after you edited yours, haha! LOLLOL

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Posted By: KLNorman
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2020 at 10:15pm
I like it but I think it’s a lot more clear in my mind then in the reader’s. 

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Posted By: phantasm3
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2020 at 12:10am
I didnt know I could get dq for that. Thankyou 

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Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2020 at 7:57am
You're welcome! I could be wrong, but I think they want us to post them only in the forum that isn't open to the public. Good luck !

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Posted By: lnLala
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2020 at 9:46am
I fluctuate between "meh" and "that's actually not bad!" I don't hate it, but I suspect I will like it better upon revision. 

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Posted By: eldarcj
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2020 at 8:00pm
Ugh. Not good. I set mine in a cafe, and just now realized it's supposed to be a sidewalk cafe. But, it was set in the winter, and she was looking out a window, so... <sigh>  oh well. There's always the next round.

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Posted By: charmyd
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2020 at 8:05pm
Was disappointed when I first submitted.  But I've read and re-read it obsessively since then.  Now, I love it!

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Posted By: TheFreshPen
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2020 at 8:39pm
I got to start leaving things to the last minute because I feel like I'm going to get knocked on simple edits again. 

As far as the story goes I think I did well with bringing the prompts to life in a horror fashion. But my initial draft was over 2500 words. So a lot of the nuances I had in the story got left on the cutting room floor.

We'll see.


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Posted By: lmcollins
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2020 at 9:01pm
I just found two errors i thought I fixed. I edited so much to get to the word count and it was so late. I am so disappointed with myself. Cry


Posted By: Zelda
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2020 at 9:17pm
Originally posted by lmcollins lmcollins wrote:

I just found two errors i thought I fixed. I edited so much to get to the word count and it was so late. I am so disappointed with myself. Cry

Oh no, don't feel bad!! I did the same thing with my 100-word story. You worked hard and did a great job!! Clap


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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2020 at 9:34pm
Well, the forum seems to like it. That rarely bodes well for the judges, but at least people here like it.

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Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 3:15am
Originally posted by KLNorman KLNorman wrote:

I like it but I think it’s a lot more clear in my mind then in the reader’s. 

Yes, this. I really need to get the first draft done early enough to run it past some beta readers. 


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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 4:08am
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Well, the forum seems to like it. That rarely bodes well for the judges, but at least people here like it.

Everyone says that, but whenever I’ve gotten good reviews I’ve generally done well. People here are generally gracious and kind; when I haven’t advanced, it’s not that I’ve gotten poor reviews, it’s that I’ve gotten few reviews (like people maybe read it and skipped reviewing it because they didn’t like it.) The only exception was a comedy I wrote last year that was popular on the forum but didn’t advance and one judge said it offended him or her. Good luck!

-Alex 


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Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 9:14am
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

a comedy I wrote last year that was popular on the forum but didn’t advance and one judge said it offended him or her.

Seriously? I hadn't realised the judges were arbiters of good taste as well as quality.


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Posted By: north_north_west
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 9:39am
Well, I liked mine a lot more when I posted it than I do now. I realized from people's reactions to it that it wasn't entirely successful and could have been better.  But the feedback was really generally helpful, and for that I'm grateful.

We press on!


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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 11:22am
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Well, the forum seems to like it. That rarely bodes well for the judges, but at least people here like it.

Everyone says that, but whenever I’ve gotten good reviews I’ve generally done well. People here are generally gracious and kind; when I haven’t advanced, it’s not that I’ve gotten poor reviews, it’s that I’ve gotten few reviews (like people maybe read it and skipped reviewing it because they didn’t like it.) The only exception was a comedy I wrote last year that was popular on the forum but didn’t advance and one judge said it offended him or her. Good luck!

-Alex 

The more the forums (and professional editors) like it, the less the judges do. Nadir being first-ever ssc entry (horror/stewardess/last will and testament) which went out in the first round (I doubled the length, took out anything the judges liked, doubled down on what they didn't, and sold it the first place I sent it) and the ghost story I bombed out of ffc on two years ago, which I just made longer, and sold the first place I sent it. The one they liked best of all is the most useless (a suspense story on a chicken farm with the POV of dog.)


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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 11:26am
@jennifer.quail: I hear you! I feel like everyone says that, but I’ve just had the opposite experience - they generally agree for me. Good luck this round!

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Posted By: Lookit There
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 12:04pm
I mostly liked mine when I posted it. But the responses to it are making me doubt myself. It's not that they're terrible or anything, but I feel like my story is being misinterpreted by most who read it. That's not a reader issue, that's a writer issue! It means I haven't quite accomplished what I set out to do.
So...cue the generic self-doubt and anxiety!


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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 12:05pm
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:

@jennifer.quail: I hear you! I feel like everyone says that, but I’ve just had the opposite experience - they generally agree for me. Good luck this round!

I've overwhelmingly shared your experience too, Northern. I've written for 19 rounds of NYCM contests (received feedback on 17, as the other two are still pending) but only once have I gotten feedback from the judges that didn't seem commensurate with feedback from forum readers and non-forum betas.

I also sold one of those stories after following advice for improvement from the judges.

I've even gotten the dreaded logline/Caps On Random Words judge and really did find most of their comments for improvement helpful -- even the harping on my summary, which has made my summary-writing better ever since.



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Posted By: AidanFrankenstein
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 1:13pm
I feel like I did ok. The plot isn't as tight as I would have liked and I'm concerned the judges will feel that it didn't fit the prompt requirements, but I think I wrote a few good sentences and I enjoyed the exercise (despite how stressed out as it made me while doing it). 

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Posted By: Adamevans95
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 4:04pm
Honestly, I'm not sure.

I felt pretty good about it when I posted, but the further away from submission it gets, the worse I think it is.

I'm normally pretty confident in my own writing, but it's my first time here so anxious about the points (or lack thereof) heading my way.

Enjoyed it overall and this forum's a good craic, though!

:)


Posted By: StopStalkingMe
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 4:41pm
Normally I have fun with my stories. I usually like them despite their flaws. This time I am almost embarrassed to have anyone read it. It is not really any worse than anything else I have written so not sure why I am so nervous about this one. Maybe the lingering shadow of pandemic stress? Who knows!


Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 4:49pm
I feel pretty good about it, but last year I did for the first challenge too and I scored no points LOL

Whatever happens happens, just glad we can participate in at least two challenges for this. 


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Posted By: dcontarato
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 8:52pm
Didn’t enjoy writing it, discovered that I hate carrots (my object prompt), scrambled to fit in the word count (read: had to chop the heck out of it) and wasn’t particularly happy with the end result. But the forum seems to like it, so not sure...

Beta encouragement was key to get me through, and if it really is decent it’s probably thanks to their feedback as well Smile


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 9:26pm

Any time I write cyberpunk I secretly love the story. Secretly I say, for I shan't dare go against the writerly trope of self-loathing and doubt. 

I did manage to drop a couple of Easter eggs in there which was fun. One is obvious. One is SUPER nerdy. Bonus points to my gamer pals who get it.

But writing cyberpunk does limit the audience and that's a risk I took.

Also, getting assigned either suspense or thriller is always a challenge because there seems to be a universal struggle distinguishing between the two. Reviewers cannot seem to agree on whether it is a thriller (fast paced) or suspense (slow burn).  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

All that to say, I like the story, I know where I'm going to submit it, but I have no idea where it will end up in the judging.


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Posted By: Frefallr
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 9:43pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Also, getting assigned either suspense or thriller is always a challenge because there seems to be a universal struggle distinguishing between the two. Reviewers cannot seem to agree on whether it is a thriller (fast paced) or suspense (slow burn).  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I think I read a response you gave to a critique on your story which I really appreciated, outlining the difference between suspense and thriller.  Thank you! I've never actually tried genre writing before, and I also got suspense (you read it) and tried a few different story lines - the cat was actually the first one - but suspense eluded me on the others, though I think they were better written. In the end I played it safe... Now I'm dreading the next one... Do we get to read the judges' notes on everyone? Or just our own? Do they use a common sheet of things to look for or is it much more subjective? How many judges are there? Do they ever read the critiques posted in the forum? Sorry for all the questions. 


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 9:51pm
Originally posted by Frefallr Frefallr wrote:

Do we get to read the judges' notes on everyone? Or just our own? Do they use a common sheet of things to look for or is it much more subjective? How many judges are there? Do they ever read the critiques posted in the forum? Sorry for all the questions. 

You will get your judges' review (3 of them) emailed to you directly. A lot of people will share and add it to their posts, but it is completely voluntary. Each judge will tell you what they think you did well as well as thing they think could use improvement. 

Unfortunately, we do not really get a lot of insight on how they get there. The rules do say that the criteria is:
15% Format (Adherence to paragraph #14, but not including Length)
15% Spelling and Grammar
70% Story (Writing, Originality, Character Development, and Plot Development)

But how they interpret that 70% is certainly subjective. That's why around here the idea of "writing for the audience" is nearly impossible. Just write something that makes you happy.

Technically, the judges are not supposed to be reading forum reviews. It is for peer review only. Can they? Possibly. But it's against the spirit of the competition!


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Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2020 at 10:51pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:




Unfortunately, we do not really get a lot of insight on how they get there. The rules do say that the criteria is:
15% Format (Adherence to paragraph #14, but not including Length)
15% Spelling and Grammar
70% Story (Writing, Originality, Character Development, and Plot Development)

But how they interpret that 70% is certainly subjective. That's why around here the idea of "writing for the audience" is nearly impossible. Just write something that makes you happy.



I would just love love love love to see the actual raw score sheets per judge---assuming there are any.  In my brain, I see each judge having a score sheet with 20 criteria, each with a scoring value of 1-5.  In which case, 3 would go to formatting, 3 to spelling/grammar, and 14 to story (split between those 4 core areas).  
Then a final line for 'length' penalties, and a space for comments.

Then, they add up the totals and average them and rank them that way, breaking up ties as necessary.

I used to conduct youth speech/demonstration contests and that's how we did it.  But I guess we'll never know! haha


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Posted By: vanwijk88
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 1:30am
This was my 5th NYC Midnight story, and probably one of ones I'm happiest with. I actually got it done early and got beta feedback in time for editing and revisions. Having said that, I'm still super worried about the judges, and particularly how they'll feel about the crime in my crime caper not happening on screen but the story focusing entirely on a complication during the job instead. It's always tough wondering how to continue to fit into arbitrary genre boxes while attempting to take the prompts in a rarer (not necessarily unique but not like 5 other stories in your heat either) direction! 

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Posted By: Adamevans95
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 6:07am
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by Frefallr Frefallr wrote:

Do we get to read the judges' notes on everyone? Or just our own? Do they use a common sheet of things to look for or is it much more subjective? How many judges are there? Do they ever read the critiques posted in the forum? Sorry for all the questions. 

You will get your judges' review (3 of them) emailed to you directly. A lot of people will share and add it to their posts, but it is completely voluntary. Each judge will tell you what they think you did well as well as thing they think could use improvement. 

Unfortunately, we do not really get a lot of insight on how they get there. The rules do say that the criteria is:
15% Format (Adherence to paragraph #14, but not including Length)
15% Spelling and Grammar
70% Story (Writing, Originality, Character Development, and Plot Development)

But how they interpret that 70% is certainly subjective. That's why around here the idea of "writing for the audience" is nearly impossible. Just write something that makes you happy.

Technically, the judges are not supposed to be reading forum reviews. It is for peer review only. Can they? Possibly. But it's against the spirit of the competition!

How harsh do they tend to be on typos?

I noticed I missed out the word ‘of’ in one of the paragraphs (despite having proof read my story over and over) and it’s bugged me for days!

It’s literally the only omission and has made me doubt my entry - how much of that 15% could they possibly take?!

Time will tell...

Appreciate the guidance and your work on this forum - it’s most useful! :)


Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 10:28am
Originally posted by Adamevans95 Adamevans95 wrote:

It’s literally the only omission and has made me doubt my entry - how much of that 15% could they possibly take?!

You'll never know exactly how much they took off, as we never see those scores. The points we receive are going to be relative to the rest of the group. Say after they take each of the percentage pools into account, you end up with an overall 90%. That's better than anyone else in your group, so you get awarded the 15 point spot.

In another group, someone scores only 70%, but everyone else in their group does even poorer, so they also get the 15 point spot.

All we know is how many points we earn, so a 15 point story in one group may not equate objectively to a 15 point story in another group. Technically, all you are competing against are the 35-ish people in your group...


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Posted By: justmel
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 9:10pm
I liked mine ok when I submitted it, although I suspected (and still suspect) I might get nailed for not hitting the genre and location prompts squarely enough. The feedback here has been reassuring in that regard and positive so far, but I'm still not super confident the judges will feel the same. So we wait.

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Posted By: Frefallr
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 10:51pm
I have to say, I am surprised how few people really post if these are groups of 35. Some groups have only one entry to the database! I have really loved getting comments. I am glad that the forum exists for the next round as some of these genres I have never tried or even thought about. And I appreciate having this topic available to ask about some of the details of the actual contest and judging. Ok - that's not exactly what this topic is - so, since I didn't answer the actual question, I'm feeling surprisingly good about my story. I welcome tough criticism and expected more of it. I almost didn't post it... Sort of makes me leery of how the judges are going to view it...the calm before the storm?

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Posted By: DanielleDahl
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 12:20am
I felt great about my story, but I never got the official email. So now I am stressed out, and I haven't shared it here. I emailed NYC and haven't gotten an answer yet :( 


Posted By: phrased and confused
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 7:56am
I've mixed feelings about my story: Whereas I quite like what I scribbled out at the last minute, the prompt sorta sucked the lead out of my pencil (not a euphemism, I swear! ;) I won't post it on the peer review forum because I'd rather not read the redundancy of comments pointing out that I hit neither the political nor the satirical target. That said, I look forward to the next round where maybe I'll be given a less-grueling genre. 

Question for the regulars: If your story is DQ'd for not adhering to the topic, do you still get a chance to write in round 2? 


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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 8:52am
Originally posted by phrased and confused phrased and confused wrote:

I've mixed feelings about my story: Whereas I quite like what I scribbled out at the last minute, the prompt sorta sucked the lead out of my pencil (not a euphemism, I swear! ;) I won't post it on the peer review forum because I'd rather not read the redundancy of comments pointing out that I hit neither the political nor the satirical target. That said, I look forward to the next round where maybe I'll be given a less-grueling genre. 

Question for the regulars: If your story is DQ'd for not adhering to the topic, do you still get a chance to write in round 2? 

Yes, you definitely can write next time regardless of your score now. In 2018 I got 0 for my first story and then 15 points (1st place) for my 2nd. Good luck!

Alex


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Posted By: emilymyoga
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 9:09am
Originally posted by phrased and confused phrased and confused wrote:

I've mixed feelings about my story: Whereas I quite like what I scribbled out at the last minute, the prompt sorta sucked the lead out of my pencil (not a euphemism, I swear! ;) I won't post it on the peer review forum because I'd rather not read the redundancy of comments pointing out that I hit neither the political nor the satirical target. That said, I look forward to the next round where maybe I'll be given a less-grueling genre. 

Question for the regulars: If your story is DQ'd for not adhering to the topic, do you still get a chance to write in round 2? 

You should consider sharing your story! Political satire is a really hard genre. I pulled it my first round of NYCM 2 years ago and I definitely worried that my story had missed the mark because it wasn’t necessarily funny. In fact I had a friend read it an hour before the deadline and he said “this isn’t satire AT ALL.” But I still ended up getting second place in my heat. The judges tend to award good writing, creative approaches, and strong storytelling over perfect genre adherence. Smile


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Posted By: eldarcj
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 9:18am
I'm concerned about typo's, too. I noticed after I submitted, and it was too late to send in an updated copy, that I had typed "the" instead of "she". Ugh.  Fingers crossed they don't take too much off for that minor hiccup.

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Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 9:49am
Originally posted by eldarcj eldarcj wrote:

I'm concerned about typo's, too. I noticed after I submitted, and it was too late to send in an updated copy, that I had typed "the" instead of "she". Ugh.  Fingers crossed they don't take too much off for that minor hiccup.

In the second round of Short Story in 2018, I spent WEEKS agonizing over a word I discovered was missing from my submitted story. I ended up taking third place for my group to move on to the final round. 

The bulk of scoring is character and story-related, so I really wouldn't worry too much about a slip like that. Especially since the combined score of Challenges 1 and 2 is used to move on in Flash. Smile


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Posted By: Domongo
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 10:14am
Weirdly (or not; feel free to correct me!) when people are commenting they’re pointing out things I didn’t realise were there, or themes and feelings I didn’t consciously include. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this so to hear people comment on my writing is something I’ve not experienced since high school, and it’s surprisingly empowering. So to all those who’ve taken the time to read and comment, thank you so much. 

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Posted By: nikolaki
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 10:29am
This thread has some great insight to judging - I've been wondering myself and agonizing over a punctuation error. 

Honestly? I feel better now than when I first submitted and even way better than I did Sunday afternoon. I am glad I made the changes I did and the story ended the way it did, even if I did have less time to rewrite that and it ended up being way clunkier and clearer in my head. I felt like the original draft felt blah and so I was glad I made edits and just that I submitted anything in time at all. 

I genuinely thought I might fail to produce anything when the email was first sent telling us our group and prompts. 


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Posted By: sgspeed
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 11:01am
Considering I got a genre (Fantasy) from the bottom of my barrel, I feel pretty good. I realize how important it is for me to keep being pushed outside my comfort zone because when I write outside NYC, it's never in a "favorite" genre. I'm character driven and I have to learn to be the writer I am no matter what the genre.

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Posted By: dutchsimmons
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 2:00pm
I really like mine, but cant seem to get anybody to read it!

have a few folks who have provided positive feedback, but this was my first foray into this arena and I'd love to get more responses
Especially since Im giving feedback to others!

Dutch


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Posted By: dutchsimmons
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 2:01pm
I feel pretty good about mine.
I'd love some feedback, as this is my first time in the contest.
Ive given feedback to others, but still lacking on my end...

Please feel free to flame on and critique!

Dutch


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@thedutchsimmons


Posted By: justmel
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 2:08pm
Originally posted by DanielleDahl DanielleDahl wrote:

I felt great about my story, but I never got the official email. So now I am stressed out, and I haven't shared it here. I emailed NYC and haven't gotten an answer yet :( 
This happened to me last year. Turned out there was a typo in the email address I gave them when I submitted, so they'd been sending all correspondence to the wrong address. I think you should be able to go into Submittable and check. Good luck!


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Posted By: eldarcj
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 2:42pm
Good to know! Thank you!



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Posted By: Fawsley
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 3:09pm
I’ve realised that how I write is intensely English. And I don’t mean British, I mean English, so I’m rather concerned as a new by as to how North American-centric this whole thing is and whether I’m too obscure for it all... Time will tell! Good luck everyone! 


Posted By: KarenB
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 3:37pm
Second time around getting a crime caper -- I am not too into writing crime, but the caper part was fun!  Hope to earn a point or two!!

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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 3:53pm
Originally posted by dutchsimmons dutchsimmons wrote:

I feel pretty good about mine.
I'd love some feedback, as this is my first time in the contest.
Ive given feedback to others, but still lacking on my end...

Please feel free to flame on and critique!

Dutch

I think it has to do with how you set up your page. There are directions on the Flash Fiction 2020 thread on how to set it up properly so others can easily find your work and leave feedback. It’s a little clunky but it should work. Feel free to message me if you can’t figure it out (but read the posts with directions first.)


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 4:14pm
Originally posted by dutchsimmons dutchsimmons wrote:

I really like mine, but cant seem to get anybody to read it!

have a few folks who have provided positive feedback, but this was my first foray into this arena and I'd love to get more responses
Especially since Im giving feedback to others!

Dutch

I have always maintained that you get out of this forum what you put into it--the more reads you give, the more likely you will get reviews. Not everyone is going to give you a return, but a lot will. And sometimes it takes time. Someone who has 4 pages of feedback already is probably doing return reviews in the order of who reviewed them. So if you are at the bottom of that list it could take days or more for them to get to you.

A few tips - people with higher points next to their names are more active in the forums (or have been around a while.) There is a higher possibility that more active users will give you a return review. Of course, not reading stories posted by newbies means you may miss out on some awesome work.

Some people, won't return review if you do not have your forum post hyperlinked in your signature. Everyone's time is limited, and some folks just don't have the energy to have to do the hokey-pokey to get to your post. Head over to this http://forums.nycmidnight.com/fix-your-signature-video-tutorial_topic15331.html" rel="nofollow - post to get a tutorial on how to get your signature fixed up. 

Really, bottom line though is, read more stories, and you'll eventually hit on folks who will get back to you. 


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Posted By: Lord Xoon
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 4:21pm
Originally posted by dutchsimmons dutchsimmons wrote:

I really like mine, but cant seem to get anybody to read it!

have a few folks who have provided positive feedback, but this was my first foray into this arena and I'd love to get more responses
Especially since Im giving feedback to others!

Dutch

I find there's about a 5 to 1 ratio of reviews you give to return reviews.

Make sure to review your group - higher chance of return.

And then every so often, maybe a strategic bump. "Thanks for the reviews" or whatever and maybe address individual questions previous reviewers may have had.


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Posted By: dutchsimmons
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 4:35pm
Lord Zoon-

Very helpful.. Greatly appreciated!

Dutch


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@thedutchsimmons


Posted By: Nimhathuna
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 9:07pm
Hi,

I'm relatively happy with my story. It's my first time submitting to this competition, and I've gotten some constructive feedback. I've fallen victim to the comma splices (I could kick myself), so a mild edit is definitely on the cards when the competition is over. The length of my paragraphs is problematic. I'm so used to writing 20,000-word chapters that I never even thought about having much shorter ones in my story. Thankfully, this has been pointed out to me by other writers/readers, which I appreciate. 

Mary.


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Posted By: Phobos
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2020 at 11:32am
I was feeling okay, but then my first few peer reviews came in. Now, I'm just resigned to fate.

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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2020 at 11:57am
Originally posted by Domongo Domongo wrote:

Weirdly (or not; feel free to correct me!) when people are commenting they’re pointing out things I didn’t realise were there, or themes and feelings I didn’t consciously include. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this so to hear people comment on my writing is something I’ve not experienced since high school, and it’s surprisingly empowering. So to all those who’ve taken the time to read and comment, thank you so much. 

The most interesting thing about finally having other people read what your write is seeing what THEY see rather than what was in your head! I'm always surprised by what characters people like and what they hope will happen.


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Posted By: fioOxf
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2020 at 5:11pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by dutchsimmons dutchsimmons wrote:

I really like mine, but cant seem to get anybody to read it!

have a few folks who have provided positive feedback, but this was my first foray into this arena and I'd love to get more responses
Especially since Im giving feedback to others!

Dutch

I have always maintained that you get out of this forum what you put into it--the more reads you give, the more likely you will get reviews. Not everyone is going to give you a return, but a lot will. And sometimes it takes time. Someone who has 4 pages of feedback already is probably doing return reviews in the order of who reviewed them. So if you are at the bottom of that list it could take days or more for them to get to you.

A few tips - people with higher points next to their names are more active in the forums (or have been around a while.) There is a higher possibility that more active users will give you a return review. Of course, not reading stories posted by newbies means you may miss out on some awesome work.

Some people, won't return review if you do not have your forum post hyperlinked in your signature. Everyone's time is limited, and some folks just don't have the energy to have to do the hokey-pokey to get to your post. Head over to this http://forums.nycmidnight.com/fix-your-signature-video-tutorial_topic15331.html" rel="nofollow - post to get a tutorial on how to get your signature fixed up. 

Really, bottom line though is, read more stories, and you'll eventually hit on folks who will get back to you. 

What nod1v1ing says. But also last weekend was Screenwriting final round, and Micro100 is coming up this weekend, so people who do various competitions may be busy at the moment. If you kind of do a scatterbomb of reading and reviewing, and, as nod says, ensure you have a link to your forum (not to your story in a googledoc) in your signature, sooner or later people will get back with return reads. Personally, for example, I've been catching up with Micro, but will be turning to Flash later this week. 

And btw, if you don't have a link in your signature, in the Creative Writing Corner, there's a thread called this is for all you newbies, and it has instructions.


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Posted By: fioOxf
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2020 at 5:20pm
Originally posted by Fawsley Fawsley wrote:

I’ve realised that how I write is intensely English. And I don’t mean British, I mean English, so I’m rather concerned as a new by as to how North American-centric this whole thing is and whether I’m too obscure for it all... Time will tell! Good luck everyone! 

Nah, don't worry. Unless you write REALLY obscure stuff. It's not NorthAm-centric, but you do need to think 'global'. I got puzzled comments on the forums about conkers, but not from the judges. By Brighton Beach, about a B&B with a bit of Windrush thrown in didn't go through, but a story about a small hotel in Devon/Cornwall did. There are quite a few Brits in here, and I tend to write about England, Scotland or places in Europe. Never been to the States or Canada, so... The only way being British has given me any problems in these competitions is that I often need to google the prompts 😂 eg supercenter, transient person, or toaster oven. 


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Posted By: elliberry
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2020 at 1:40pm
I feel generally pretty good about the way mine turned out! My flash fiction story is set in one of my favorite cities (Quebec City) so writing it was a nice little nostalgia trip. One of the reasons I like these contests is because very often, I get assigned genres I wouldn't usually do if I was just writing on my own. 

It's also been really cool reading other stories and interacting with people on the forum! It's definitely helped alleviate the quarantine boredom lol 


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Posted By: Nimhathuna
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2020 at 4:22pm
Originally posted by fioOxf fioOxf wrote:

Originally posted by Fawsley Fawsley wrote:

I’ve realised that how I write is intensely English. And I don’t mean British, I mean English, so I’m rather concerned as a new by as to how North American-centric this whole thing is and whether I’m too obscure for it all... Time will tell! Good luck everyone! 

Nah, don't worry. Unless you write REALLY obscure stuff. It's not NorthAm-centric, but you do need to think 'global'. I got puzzled comments on the forums about conkers, but not from the judges. By Brighton Beach, about a B&B with a bit of Windrush thrown in didn't go through, but a story about a small hotel in Devon/Cornwall did. There are quite a few Brits in here, and I tend to write about England, Scotland or places in Europe. Never been to the States or Canada, so... The only way being British has given me any problems in these competitions is that I often need to google the prompts 😂 eg supercenter, transient person, or toaster oven. 

Hi,
I got a puzzling comment on the forum about 'slug.' It'a word that's commonplace here so for a second it threw me for a loop. Then I realised that unless you're aware of its etymology from the Irish 'slog ' that you wouldn't have a clue that it meant to swallow by drinking and that it was perfectly acceptable for a child to say it. I find myself looking up words sometimes too. That said, anything that makes you google words/slang is okay in my book. Smile Best of luck to everyone!


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Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2020 at 6:33am
Originally posted by Lord Xoon Lord Xoon wrote:

Originally posted by dutchsimmons dutchsimmons wrote:

I really like mine, but cant seem to get anybody to read it!

have a few folks who have provided positive feedback, but this was my first foray into this arena and I'd love to get more responses
Especially since Im giving feedback to others!

Dutch

I find there's about a 5 to 1 ratio of reviews you give to return reviews.

Make sure to review your group - higher chance of return.

And then every so often, maybe a strategic bump. "Thanks for the reviews" or whatever and maybe address individual questions previous reviewers may have had.

I've found that the majority of people I've left a review with have reciprocated - more than two thirds, anyway. After the initial burst and reviews from heatmates, there hasn't been a single review from someone I haven't reviewed first. 


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Posted By: GaleGirl
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2020 at 9:48am
Originally posted by KLNorman KLNorman wrote:

I like it but I think it’s a lot more clear in my mind then in the reader’s. 

Yes, that happens to me to, that I know what happened. I really don't know how to feel about my piece. Honestly, it is all I could come up with after forgetting I'd signed up for a day after the contest began.

Good luck to you.


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Posted By: MCGsandiego
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2020 at 7:51pm
Actually, I feel pretty good about my story.
It's Horrific.
What I don't understand is how to post it here in the forum do I can get feedback from other writers. 


Posted By: MCGsandiego
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2020 at 7:53pm
I feel good about my story, but I don't know how to post it here and read feedback.
Help?? 


Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2020 at 8:21pm
Originally posted by MCGsandiego MCGsandiego wrote:

Actually, I feel pretty good about my story.
It's Horrific.
What I don't understand is how to post it here in the forum do I can get feedback from other writers. 

Here are the step-by-steps. Once you are on the forum, the best way to get feedback is read other people's stories. A large percentage of folks will do you the favor of a return. The more you read the more likely you'll get feedback. 

Step by step instructions to post your story on the forums & get it on the Master List:

  • Go to the subforum: Flash Fiction Challenge 2020 Review
  • Click the “New Topic +” button on the upper left.
  • Put this in the Subject: CX Group Y Story Title (X is the current challenge number, so 1, and Y is the group number you were assigned.)
  • In the message portion of the post, most people list their prompts, the story title, and their synopsis, as well as a link to the actual story. You can host it in google docs or on your blog, or wherever you feel comfortable.
  • When you are finished, click the “post new topic” button on the bottom left.
  • Your story is now posted. This will be the place where readers will leave you feedback.
  • At the top of the screen, copy the address of the post. It should start with https://forums.nycmidnight.com/" rel="nofollow - https://forums.nycmidnight.com/ ...
  • Go to the Master List that corresponds to your group number. Leave a comment for the Master List keeper that includes your Group number, Story Title, and also paste the link that you just copied from the top of your forum post. This will get you on the Master List.




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Posted By: pwhitt4654
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2020 at 11:50am
I'm not satisfied with mine.  I struggled with it, submitted it just before deadline.  Started it 3 times, completely changed each time.  Now I like the second start and wished I gone with that.  


Posted By: BigAltheLawyer
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2020 at 11:53am
I'm not particularly confident in mine.

I made the mistake of attempting a bathroom renovation starting about 3 weeks ago...and it's stretched beyond my initial time frame...so I only wrote for about forty-five minutes and as a result don't feel it's my best work.

Just today, looking at it for the first time since posting, I realized a much better title.  Just things like that.

Good luck to everyone!  This has been a fun process regardless!


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