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Topic: Honourable Mentions Unite!
Posted By: AmberWB
Subject: Honourable Mentions Unite!
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 12:16am
Did you get an honourable mention? How do you feel?
I am honoured (haha) and a little sad not to be going on.



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Posted By: TF8511
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 12:30am
Same. I wish I were going on, but I'm glad to get that recognition. There's always next time. Anyone want to share their honorable mention story? I can add mine in tomorrow (on my phone now).


Posted By: McAllister
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 12:49am
This is my second competition in a row receiving an honorable mention...at least this time I was the third HM because last time I was number eleven out of ten moving on and that was a true dagger to the heart!

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Posted By: lgeverdell
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 4:04am
I’m having this horrible, sinking feeling that I’m getting worse at writing because in the heady old days I actually made it to round 3 when I was just a baby writer. And now, while I’m very happy to be mentioned, I can’t get any further. 
So I’m telling myself it’s because I’m trying more ambitious things


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Posted By: wisemel
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 4:48am
This was my first writing competition, and the first short story I had completed in over 25 years. So yes, very happy with an HM. But of course, also a little sad not to be continuing. Maybe I will grab a random prompt and write something anyway for the practice! 

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Posted By: Caraine
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 6:20am
Originally posted by AmberWB AmberWB wrote:

Did you get an honourable mention? How do you feel?
I am honoured (haha) and a little sad not to be going on.

LOL Exactly the same! Although the experience was fun and I think I might sign up for future competitions. I'm hopeful my feedback is helpful (although I've seen that it can be a bit hit or miss from other comments on the forums).


Originally posted by wisemel wisemel wrote:

This was my first writing competition, and the first short story I had completed in over 25 years. So yes, very happy with an HM. But of course, also a little sad not to be continuing. Maybe I will grab a random prompt and write something anyway for the practice! 

I also thought I might use the 200+ (!) prompts as writing practices in-between other projects. If nothing else, it would be a little bit of fun. Not sure if I'm dedicated enough to complete the prompts which don't match with my preferences... might have to use a random number generator and hold myself to account.

Well done to all who submitted! 


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Posted By: wisemel
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 7:23am
Originally posted by Caraine Caraine wrote:



Originally posted by wisemel wisemel wrote:

This was my first writing competition, and the first short story I had completed in over 25 years. So yes, very happy with an HM. But of course, also a little sad not to be continuing. Maybe I will grab a random prompt and write something anyway for the practice! 

I also thought I might use the 200+ (!) prompts as writing practices in-between other projects. If nothing else, it would be a little bit of fun. Not sure if I'm dedicated enough to complete the prompts which don't match with my preferences... might have to use a random number generator and hold myself to account.

Well done to all who submitted! 

I have decided to assign myself a number and try to write that prompt this weekend for the deadline, as if I were actually competing. But as you say, not sure if I'm disciplined enough to stick with it if I hate the prompt. ha! A random number generator is a great idea. Maybe this is something I should try and do regularly (monthly?) for the rest of this year. 


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Posted By: CAHart
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 7:32am
I've never entered a competition, nor tried to put forward a story for publication. I rarely share my writing with anyone. But I decided to bite the bullet and give it a shot. I thought "if I make it into the top 10, I'll be thrilled. Maybe that means I can actually write a good story." So when I saw my name ad an honourable mention, I was totally stoked. I'm glad I'm not moving on because I'm actually on holiday and don't have the time. Is there a full list of groups or just the email we got? I wonder though - where do I go from here? 

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Posted By: Gerry84
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 7:41am
Received an honourable mention which I'm delighted about.  I have an exceptionally busy week in work so in a way I'm relieved I dont have a creative project to focus on!

Would love to post my submission here and get feedback from other honorable mentioners but not sure thats possible.


Posted By: catnamedeaster
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 7:45am
I didn't even humor the idea of making it to the next round in this challenge so I'm very pleased to receive an HM. My story is posted and I received some great feedback, but I feel my writing has a way to go in terms of improvement. This competition and the forum is so beneficial for practice and feedback. 

There is a kind of "left out" feeling of not moving on while still being happy for those who do. But I made it to the final in Short Screenplay this year (results tomorrow!) so I feel fortunate to know the feeling of making it to subsequent rounds. I have goals for Flash coming up!


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Posted By: writergal85
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 7:46am
Same TBH. This is the first year I’ve really started entering writing contests and the first year I attempted this short story competition. Plus, I nearly didn’t even finish my story because I spent three days sleeping in the bathroom with stomach flu. Considering all that, an honorable mention is pretty darn good.

But it also would have been cool to move up. I’m curious about the feedback we’ll get. Critiques can be such a mixed bag, depending on who is doing them. 


Posted By: catnamedeaster
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 7:54am
Originally posted by Gerry84 Gerry84 wrote:

Received an honourable mention which I'm delighted about.  I have an exceptionally busy week in work so in a way I'm relieved I dont have a creative project to focus on!

Would love to post my submission here and get feedback from other honorable mentioners but not sure thats possible.

You can still post your story on the Short Story Challenge 2021 sub forum but at this point I believe the Master List is closed. You might still get some feedback at this late date, but it's best to post within in the first week or two of the Master List going up as that's when it will be most active. I can't recommend doing this enough if you want feedback on your work. It's invaluable to receive this kind of feedback from fellow writers. 


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Posted By: catnamedeaster
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 8:16am
Originally posted by wisemel wisemel wrote:


I have decided to assign myself a number and try to write that prompt this weekend for the deadline, as if I were actually competing. But as you say, not sure if I'm disciplined enough to stick with it if I hate the prompt. ha! A random number generator is a great idea. Maybe this is something I should try and do regularly (monthly?) for the rest of this year. 

I tried to do this very thing with the 250! I got a HM in the first round so I picked a random number and when the assignments came out I tried to write a story in the 24 hour time limit. Long story short, it didn't work. Without the pressure and consequence of actually competing and submitting I managed to produce nothing and found it hard to summon inspiration. Using the prompts as practice in general is a great idea, though. I hope you have more success than I did! 


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Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 8:18am
I know I should feel very good about my HM. I didn't even finish and submit my story for Round 1 last year, and that's been plaguing me ever since. Still, I was really banking this one. Could use the ego boost right about now. 

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Posted By: dashesndots2
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 10:44am
I made it all the way to the finals in 2020, so to be out this early in 2021, even with an HM, was super disappointing for me.

Very interested to see the feedback on mine.


Posted By: michaelrm
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 11:24am
Just checked and saw I was the first honorable mention. I suppose I should be happy considering this was my very first entry into any type of writing competition. I'll take it as a positive note that I may be onto something and continue to perfect my craft. 

Good luck to those moving on! 


Posted By: RG923
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 1:30pm
Disappointed not to be advancing, but the honorable mention isn't bad. I'm looking forward to the feedback.


Posted By: wisemel
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 2:10pm
Originally posted by catnamedeaster catnamedeaster wrote:

Originally posted by wisemel wisemel wrote:


I have decided to assign myself a number and try to write that prompt this weekend for the deadline, as if I were actually competing. But as you say, not sure if I'm disciplined enough to stick with it if I hate the prompt. ha! A random number generator is a great idea. Maybe this is something I should try and do regularly (monthly?) for the rest of this year. 

I tried to do this very thing with the 250! I got a HM in the first round so I picked a random number and when the assignments came out I tried to write a story in the 24 hour time limit. Long story short, it didn't work. Without the pressure and consequence of actually competing and submitting I managed to produce nothing and found it hard to summon inspiration. Using the prompts as practice in general is a great idea, though. I hope you have more success than I did! 

I can absolutely see this happening to me, too. As the day goes on I'm realizing that as much as I appreciate the HM, I do feel a little deflated. Not sure how successful I'll be at forcing myself to follow a deadline for purely self-motivated reasons this weekend. That said, can't hurt to try! If not this weekend, maybe next. 


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 2:12pm
Originally posted by wisemel wisemel wrote:

Originally posted by catnamedeaster catnamedeaster wrote:

Originally posted by wisemel wisemel wrote:


I have decided to assign myself a number and try to write that prompt this weekend for the deadline, as if I were actually competing. But as you say, not sure if I'm disciplined enough to stick with it if I hate the prompt. ha! A random number generator is a great idea. Maybe this is something I should try and do regularly (monthly?) for the rest of this year. 

I tried to do this very thing with the 250! I got a HM in the first round so I picked a random number and when the assignments came out I tried to write a story in the 24 hour time limit. Long story short, it didn't work. Without the pressure and consequence of actually competing and submitting I managed to produce nothing and found it hard to summon inspiration. Using the prompts as practice in general is a great idea, though. I hope you have more success than I did! 

I can absolutely see this happening to me, too. As the day goes on I'm realizing that as much as I appreciate the HM, I do feel a little deflated. Not sure how successful I'll be at forcing myself to follow a deadline for purely self-motivated reasons this weekend. That said, can't hurt to try! If not this weekend, maybe next. 


"Do, or do not.  There is no try"
--Miss Piggy


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Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 10:32pm
Meh. It's almost worse than just not placing. A bit like those rejection letters with 'This made it pretty far and we really like it but good luck we're sure there's a market...' Yeah, cute,  but 'we liked it' doesn't pay the gas bills. 

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Posted By: CloudySkies
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 10:35pm
I struggled hard with the genre I was given and didn't even have any words on the page until about 3 hours before the deadline, so I'll take an HM. Of course I'd like to have moved on in the competition, but given how hard I struggled to even write the story, an HM is pretty awesome.


Posted By: Addie-Ish
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 10:42pm
Cheers! Can't complain. 

When I'm hunched over my keyboard this weekend, I'll be sipping champagne instead of my speedwriting special: coffee and anxiety cocktail. 


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2021 at 10:42pm
Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Meh. It's almost worse than just not placing. A bit like those rejection letters with 'This made it pretty far and we really like it but good luck we're sure there's a market...' Yeah, cute,  but 'we liked it' doesn't pay the gas bills. 

Stop. Channeling. Me. 

I HATE HMs. So close but, NOPE. Suck it. 

#We'llPayYouInExposure

Um. No.

Been there done that. Although in my experience every "oh hell, this close" NYCm HM story has ended up in a cash money litmag purchase for me.

I refuse to pay the gas bill with it and dump it in my vacatiob find....


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