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Fish Publishing Competition
« on: September 13, 2016, 06:21:23 PM »
Only a couple of months and some to enter, but the prizes are surprisingly large and interesting, so give it a quick look :

http://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/short-story-contest/
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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2016, 08:57:37 PM »
Hmm. Not sure how eager I'd be to enter this.

They charge an 20 pound entry fee (modest), which happens with some contests, but which always bothers me a bit. Also, my biggest concern is that seven folks don't get paid ANYTHING for their stories, if you make it to the 10 in the anthology (unless I'm misreading the guidelines).

The rules say the 1st place gets 2000 pounds (wow!), +1000 pounds to travel to the anthology launch. 2nd and 3rd only get 300 pounds (which I think is more, with exchange rate, than SFWA rates at $0.06 per word). But the other 7 get ... 5 copies of the anthology.

Not sure if that's kosher. If you're of those seven authors, you're basically paying THEM 20 pounds (the entry fee) to publish your story in their anthology, and getting paid nothing for that publication. Contributor copies don't count, sadly.

I'd say proceed with caution. I'm sure Cameron might have some thoughts as well.

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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2016, 09:11:28 PM »
Yes, I assume the main hook is the massive first prize, which I hardly get. They could take 1 000 off of it, split it among the 10 selected as a sort of consolation amount, making sure they at least get their contribution repaid.
But well, maybe some people would still see that as good odds and a good way to spend 20e.
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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2016, 06:15:15 PM »
Hmmm. My experience with writing The Golden Throne HAS given me a bit of an insight in writing short stories, and the thought HAS occurred that one of the characters would fit well for independent shorts...

I'll have to think about this.

EDIT: Well, one trip to the cafe with a notebook later I have a pretty solid idea for a story. Let's see if I can get it done in time.
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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2016, 07:46:41 PM »
Well, I've gone and submitted my short story to the competition. This is my first time trying to make it into this kind of thing. Given how long they were open for submissions I'm betting they were absolutely flooded, and my chances are pretty damn slim. I'm not going into this assuming I'll make it to the top three, I know I'm not a master writer, but getting into this anthology would probably be the best publicity I've ever gotten, and I decided not to pass up on the opportunity.
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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2016, 07:50:53 PM »
Do you submit to any short story markets, Eli?

Clarkesworld and the like?

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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2016, 07:57:51 PM »
Do you submit to any short story markets, Eli?

Clarkesworld and the like?

No, as I said this is my first time. I've always focused on writing novels, and I don't think I'm all that great at coming up with short story concepts. But I realised that a minor character in The Golden Throne would work well for shorts: She's a Han Solo-style roaming space rogue, and so can get into any kind of adventure. So I did a little thing with her.
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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2016, 08:11:52 PM »
Make sure you start submitting to them! :)

It's free to do so and great publicity if you sell.

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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2017, 07:05:12 PM »
I just got an email linking me to an update on this whole thing. My short story, "Party Crasher", is on the Long List, along with a 189 others, while the short list consists of 40 stories. The winner will be announced this Friday.

Can someone explain the long list/short list thing to me? I mean, I think it's a safe guess that my odds are slim at best, given that my story is in the much larger category, but I just wanted to ask.

Well, at least I did better than most of the 1300 who entered.
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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2017, 07:20:16 PM »
Usually a "long list" is the first selection step. Then out of that, they select the 'short list', and out of this one will come the winners.
So unfortunately I think you got stopped at barrier number 2 - look at it thinking that it's better than 1.

(if you look carefully, all the names in the short list are also in the long list)
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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2017, 08:18:28 PM »
So unfortunately I think you got stopped at barrier number 2 - look at it thinking that it's better than 1.

My brain can think like that, sure. My heart is dead-tired of years and years of nothing but disappointment.
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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2017, 05:51:03 AM »
So unfortunately I think you got stopped at barrier number 2 - look at it thinking that it's better than 1.

My brain can think like that, sure. My heart is dead-tired of years and years of nothing but disappointment.

That's how I feel about dating.

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Re: Fish Publishing Competition
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2017, 08:43:40 AM »
Usually a "long list" is the first selection step. Then out of that, they select the 'short list', and out of this one will come the winners.
So unfortunately I think you got stopped at barrier number 2 - look at it thinking that it's better than 1.

(if you look carefully, all the names in the short list are also in the long list)

Yup, that's correct.

I avoid all of these fee-charging competitions. Why bother when there are so many markets that will pay you if accepted, or competitions that are free to enter?

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