July 27th, 2010


Another For The E-Sub Column And It's A Big One!

Writer's Of The Future -- New Website and Electronic Submissions

After lamenting for years that the WOTF website was annoying, in that it seemed loud and pushy, as it would resize browser windows and expect full-screen access, etc., the Contest has just launched their newly revised web site. Looks much cleaner and more tailored -- I hope that it proves useful to new writers looking for the contest and old friends looking for information. (grin)

And in the first major revision to the WOTF Contest Rules in like forever, they now have an online electronic submission system.
Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author's name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author's legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, email address and approximate word count.

Not Quite Yet?

Note that the new rules don't specify what file format is allowed for manuscripts. My own personal preference is for Rich Text File (.rtf), because it is more consistent that Microsoft Word document (.doc / .docx) versions and it is more polite, because it is harder to send a virus with RTF than DOC. But it doesn't say.

Also, I created a login to the e-sub system, I think, and it didn't take me anywhere or give me any obvious/useful places to go. They may not have gotten that module turned on when they rolled out the new website. I've sent an email to the Contest about these two points. (productive-grin)

However, it's months before Thursday 30 September 2010, the next contest closing date, so I'll generously give them time to get the bugs out of their new system. But along with Asimov's, WOTF taking electronic submissions is a big deal, something to be especially appreciated by overseas SF/F writers.

A good start.

Dr. Phil