The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:28 pm

I haven't received an email back yet. I'm hoping it's because of the volume of entries, but it would be good to have some sort of receipt of submission. :think:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:50 pm

Yeah - it wouldn't kill to have an auto reply saying 'we've got it and thanks for sending' so you know it got there OK :roll:

Don't expect to have someone actually email me on an individual basis unless or until it reaches the sifting process if you're being put into the final ranking - but they do say they won't enter into correspondence with participants so I guess that's all par for the course. At least I didn't get a failure notice so I suppose it's all gone into the bag OK :think:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby michelanCello » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:11 pm

Fingers crossed for both of you!
I hope you get at least something, even if it's just an email saying thank you for your efforts...
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:25 am

michelanCello wrote:Fingers crossed for both of you!
I hope you get at least something, even if it's just an email saying thank you for your efforts...


I'm lucky to get that for job applications. :roll:

But thanks for the well-wishing.
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:36 pm

No email so far. Ayiyiyiyi... :?
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:17 pm

The Rules wrote:14. The shortlisted entrants and winner’s names will be available on http://www.terrypratchett.co.uk from 31st March 2013 and 31st May 2013 (as applicable).

I think there's no way we'll hear anything much until later on in March, even if we're put in the shortlist sifting... :?
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:36 pm

Jan Van Quirm wrote:
The Rules wrote:14. The shortlisted entrants and winner’s names will be available on http://www.terrypratchett.co.uk from 31st March 2013 and 31st May 2013 (as applicable).

I think there's no way we'll hear anything much until later on in March, even if we're put in the shortlist sifting... :?


You'd think they'd email us on receipt of the novel, as a courtesy. :| Y'know, to let us know that our novels haven't disappeared into the ether.
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:49 pm

Well that's big brash printing houses for ya - luring us new talent into letting go of our oeuvres with promises of 20K publishing deals then letting us know our place by ignoring the hell out of us for 12 weeks or more before we know whether we even got off the starting block :roll:

Only 8 more weeks to go now... ho hum! :shifty:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby michelanCello » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:56 pm

Is enough time to give us some more to read... ;)
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:40 am

Or to write.

I'm making progress on one particular novel. The rewrites are very frustrating, but I'm getting to the point where I think the finished novel will be better than its earlier iteration.

I'm determined to have at least one finished novel, other than my TP Prize entry, by March 31. Why? If I'm on the shortlist, then it means that I have novels ready for Transworld Publishing, just in case they do come a-calling, even if I don't win the TP Prize. However, if I am not on the shortlist, then I can immediately farm around my finished novel(s) to other publishers. I'm not sure when or even if I can farm around my TP Prize entry if I don't win or even make the shortlist, there's nothing in the terms and conditions. :think:
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:21 pm

:lol: I'm doing much the same Q, only I'm still on Chapter 1 and doing a ton of research on the side as I'm using a genre fusion approach this time with SF&F and a smattering of weather-eco themes :roll: :ugeek:

However, I'm also working on an anthology project for short fantasy/creative short stories with other writers, which I'll be looking to self-publish later this year. Is nice to be doing something practical - if anyone on here likes to write original fantasy shorts (no fanfic) then check out my other forum and join the project! ;)
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:03 pm

I am currently concentrating on one project: a near-complete rewrite of one of my first novels. I've made it less meandering, more streamlined. And this draft I am working on, once complete, may not be the fully completed novel, but the basis to add bits to.
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:27 pm

keep chipping and polishing away at it Q! :clap:

My chapter 1's maybe going to make 1 perhaps 2 trilogies with an option on a prequel series which (depending on how the research does) may be more SF-based :? Still lots of ideas that need nailing down firmly though :?
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby michelanCello » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:40 pm

Sounds all exciting :D Don't push it though, Q - you should finish the novel because you think it's ready and done. If it's good, they'll want to publish it either way, if it's in March or in September...
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:45 pm

Jan Van Quirm wrote:keep chipping and polishing away at it Q! :clap:

My chapter 1's maybe going to make 1 perhaps 2 trilogies with an option on a prequel series which (depending on how the research does) may be more SF-based :? Still lots of ideas that need nailing down firmly though :?


Yeah, this project is intended to be part of a series too. Dunno how many sequels (maybe three offhand), but there's definitely a prequel. I actually rewrote my original version of the first book because I didn't feel excited by it enough to want to write sequels. Plus, this version answers some questions that I never got to ask in the original version, making it better...
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