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Fire One! -- First Novel Submission Launched

I Made The Deadline

At the beginning of July I posted about a first novel contest out of England via Tor UK. First three chapters and a complete synopsis were to be received "on or before the closing date of 20 August 2009 17:30 GMT." That's 13:30 EDT here in West Michigan.

I sent the e-mail with both RTF attachments at 13:18 EDT. What? I still had 12 minutes.

A lesser person might have been nervous or upset. I kept on double-checking the files, proofing the synopsis and the e-mail text until I was happy. Or as happy as I was going to be. (grin) But see, I have plenty of experience with deadlines -- like end of semester grades. (double-trouble-grin)

So Is This Contest A Good Deal?

I haven't decided. But because Tor UK is involved, I didn't think they'd like the publicity of really screwing over new writers, so that was the deciding factor. Besides, one of the goals of my sabbatical was to complete a couple of novels and we've done one now. And at worst, I'll be free to send it off again at the end of November, which is pretty fast for a novel rejection.

On to the next project. After I clear up some loose files and take a breath. (triple-word-score-grin)

OAS Project

Due Date: Thursday 20 August 2009

Dr. Phil
Tags: contests, deadlines, dr phil stories, novels, progress meters, sabbatical, science fiction, writing
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