Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
More Good News from Past Winners...
Here are more successes from past winners of the contest:
Brad Beaulieu had a story come out in January, "Cirque du Lumiere", which appears in the Fellowship Fantastic anthology from DAW. He also had "Lest our Passage Be Forgotten" which appeared in Realms of Fantasy.
Eric James Stone has a story up on the Intergalactic Medicine Show "Tabloid Reporter
to the Stars". It is available free on their site at http://intergalacticmedicineshow.com/egi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i4&article=_001.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Big News from Canada!
Our Canadian contingent has come on strong in the 2008 Prix Aurora Awards
(the Canadian SF awards).
WOTF Finalists on the ballot are:
In the Best Short Form in English category:
Tony Pi (WOTF XXIII) for his story Metamorphoses in Amber
Stephen Kotowytch (WOTF XXIII) for his grand prize story in WOTF
Saturn in G Minor
Best Long Form in English category:
WOTF judge Robert J. Sawyer for his novel Rollback
The link to the ballot is http://sfscope.com/2008/03/prix-aurora-award-final-ballot-1.html
Congratulations to you all and I'll keep everyone posted as to final results.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Information on Entries That You Might Not Know
We are coming to the end of the first quarter of 2008.
There are a few bits of information that I wanted to impart to you all about entering the contest.
1) No need to send your manuscripts or art by "special mail". Since we are a PO box many of the mail services do not deliver to PO Box addresses.
2) We absolutely do not accept "registered mail".
3) You do not have to send in a huge envelope with stamps to return your entire manuscript. It costs you twice the amount to enter when you do that. It IS good to send in an envelope for the notification of results with enough postage (41 cents now) but I hear the rates are going up again so I don't know what that will be. Check with your local post office as the rates go up soon.
4) We notify you by e-mail that we have received your entry. How I do this is send the message to the contest with about 20 of you cc:ed on it as I can't possibly send a single e-mail to each of you. I usually write in the heading "Your Writers (or Illustrators) Entry for the ___ Quarter. So do look for that amoungst all the messages you may get. I know that I get tons of "spam" messages a day and I assume you do too. But do look out for that heading so you don't shred mine by accident.
Those are the key points I wanted to go over with you. If you personally have any other questions do let me know at email@example.com.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Good News from Past Winners!
Diana Rowland (Volume XXII) writes:
"Just thought y'all might want to know that I just sold two urban fantasy novels to Bantam!"
John Brown (Volume XIII) writes:
I won first prize back in 1996 and was published in Volume 13 under the name Bo Griffin. Well, in February I got a very nice 3-book deal from Tor. More details on my website. www.JohnDBrown.com
While I lost my way for a few years as a writer, WOTF was a huge motivator and validator for me. That award trophy helped keep me going. In the end, the contest and workshop instructors helped open doors. Keep up the great work!
It's just another testament of how the contest helps new writers along--even if it takes a while."
Friday, March 21, 2008
1st Quarter 2008 Illlustrators of the Future Winners Announced!
Tobias Anson Fruge of Mesa Arizona
A.R. Stone of Eugene Oregon (also a Wordo)
Oleksandra Barysheva of Matawan New Jersey
Their winning art will be posted within the next week.
Congratulations to all of you.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
FIRST PLACE WINNERS FOR THE 1ST QUARTER 2008 ANNOUNCED!
1st Place - Matthew Rotundo of Omaha Nebraska for his story Gone Black
2nd Place - Gary Kloster of Braham Minnesota for his story The Farthest Born
3rd Place - Fiona Lehn of VanCouver British Columbia for her story The Assignment of Runner ETI
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL.
Winners of the contest receive their prize money and additionally a week long workshop with the judges of the contest and other professionals to teach you how to be a pro, -- priceless!
The judges for this quarter were:
Stay tuned tomorrow for the illustrator winners!! Best, Joni
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Cool News From Past Winner!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Announcing New Illustrator Judge Cliff Nielsen
We are proud to announce the our new illustrator judge, Cliff Nielsen to
our distinguished panel of judges. You should check out his art at the following link. I'm sure you have admired his art somewhere. The Chronicles of Narnia book cover is one of my personal favorites. He is proud to be a judge and after his next deadline, he'll introduce himself to you all. Take a few seconds and visit his art for a real treat at www.shannonassociates.com/artists/index.cfm?artist_name=cliffnielsen