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Title: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on December 21, 2020, 09:00 PM
One of my critique group members and I are working on stories for the subject contest. I emailed the contact person with a question and so far have not received a response . My question is as follows: Does the story need to be nonfiction or can it be a fictional story that mixes in ghostly NF elements?  Any information on this question would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

Ken Major
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: David Wright on December 22, 2020, 07:02 AM
I think the instructions of "Inspired by local/regional events or myths"  give a lot of freedom.

They also say "We hope you will put your own spin on the story, your own voice and/or background, to ensure that the story is relevant to our contemporary times."

So I'd say there's a fair amount of latitude. And I think the "place" is more important than veracity.

Just my opinion though. I am not connected to the contest.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on December 22, 2020, 07:13 AM
Hi David,

Thank you for responding. My gut was that they were looking for NF, but my critique partner thought otherwise. Hopefully, we will get a response from the contest contact person soon. I emailed the person three days ago.

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Vijaya on December 22, 2020, 12:32 PM
I'm with David. The instructions give a lot leeway whether the story is fiction or nonfiction: "Nationally known or relatively unheard of, based in fact or based entirely in local lore, these stories should capture the spooky side of the U.S."  Good luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on December 22, 2020, 06:02 PM
The people I've known who've submitted have written fiction and that was my take too, but I thought the deadline had passed. Never mind. I see they extended it. Good luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 05:24 AM
Debbie and Vijaya,

Thank you for your response.  I never did get a response, which I thought was strange. As a result, my critique partner and I just submitted our entries.

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Vijaya on January 09, 2021, 07:49 AM
Ken, many contests don't acknowledge your entry, but good luck!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 07:54 AM
They did acknowledge my entry via an email response copy of the entry. But that wasn't the issue. I had a specific question that never got answered. But that's okay. I just wanted to clarify thing. Thanks.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Vijaya on January 09, 2021, 08:08 AM
Oh, I see. I'm glad you got your entry in.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on January 09, 2021, 06:49 PM
Good luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 09:09 PM
Thanks, Debbie!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: toni-floyd on January 17, 2021, 04:49 PM
Does anyone know when we will know if our story has been chosen or not?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: RebeccaL-G on January 18, 2021, 07:53 AM
I heard the short list will be decided by January 30 and the final decision, in conjunction with the publisher, is expected by March 15.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: toni-floyd on January 18, 2021, 08:41 AM
Thank you for the info on decision dates!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on February 05, 2021, 05:51 AM
FYI-I received an email rejection from SCBWI on 2/2/21. Good luck to all those still in the running! I understand there were quite a few entries according to the email.

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 05, 2021, 05:55 PM
The Insight that came out today mentioned they were still deciding. (It was at the end of the diversity events piece.) Continued good luck to those who entered.

Ken, you might consider trying a magazine for your story, either before the book pubs or a few years after it. I think the magazines are going to see a slew of these for a while. Onward!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on February 05, 2021, 08:40 PM
Hi Debbie,

Thanks for the heads up on Insight details regarding the Haunted States entries. I am in the process of trying to find a magazine that might seriously consider my story. I really appreciate all the advice I get from people on the Blueboard.

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Christine D. Page on March 15, 2021, 11:08 AM
Hi,

I just read through this thread. I hope to hear about the winners of this contest today, March 15th!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on March 15, 2021, 11:32 AM
Has there been any decision made about the Haunted Sates of America submissions?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: hayley-diep on March 16, 2021, 10:23 AM
Has anyone heard back from Haunted States of America submissions? I haven't heard anything from them since I last submitted.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on March 16, 2021, 11:08 AM
Still no word yet!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on March 16, 2021, 12:46 PM
Since I received a rejection back in early February, I suspect that if you haven't heard anything, your ms is still being considered. Good luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on March 16, 2021, 01:21 PM
Ken,
Thank you for responding!

Kathleen
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on March 16, 2021, 02:42 PM
I'm waiting too! (Hopefully I didn't miss if there was a  rejection email)
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on March 17, 2021, 09:14 AM
I haven't heard anything yet. Last I heard, I was still in the running in early February. My fingers are crossed.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on March 17, 2021, 11:43 AM
Best of luck. Just curious, did you get a notification in Feb that you were still in the running? I haven't heard anything one way or the other, so I am just wondering!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: seina-otaru on March 17, 2021, 04:47 PM
I haven't heard anything yet as well.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on March 17, 2021, 05:51 PM
I haven't heard anything yet as well.

Good luck to you!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: susanne-whitehouse on April 02, 2021, 04:49 AM
Has anyone heard back about this yet? I keep worrying that an email has gone to my SPAM folder and I've missed it.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on April 02, 2021, 07:31 AM
I haven't heard anything, either. And I keep checking my spam folder, just in case!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on April 02, 2021, 08:42 AM
I haven't heard anything either.  Still hoping for the best!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on April 02, 2021, 09:27 AM
Nope- I haven't heard anything yet either.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: marlaina-cockcroft on April 02, 2021, 12:27 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who's quietly obsessing about it!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on April 06, 2021, 07:59 AM
I'm assuming they aren't in a rush to pick winners, as they have until October 31st haha.

Does anyone know how long of a lead time do they need to put a book like this into print by October?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: stephen-costanza on April 13, 2021, 01:16 PM
Hi everyone,
Last week I received a reply to an email I sent, and was told they're in the second round of judging. The message also mentioned that if you haven't received an official "no" from them, this means you are in the second round!  It finished with, "We will notify everyone soon."
Good luck to all!
cheers,
Steve
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on April 13, 2021, 05:37 PM
Thank you for the update. Good luck to all!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: marlaina-cockcroft on April 13, 2021, 06:02 PM
Yes, good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on April 14, 2021, 11:52 AM
Good luck to all those still in the running!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: natalie-cohn on April 16, 2021, 05:13 AM
Thank you I haven’t heard anything for along time. How many rounds are there?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on April 17, 2021, 05:36 PM
FYI, back in early February, I received a rejection letter for the contest. I decided to take my finished ms and try to get it published elsewhere. I'm happy to report that I was successful in doing so. My entry was written as a NF piece, which might have hurt my chances in the contest. Anyway, the ms was published several weeks ago in Paranormal Underground Magazine and I actually got paid for it! So if anyone falls short on getting into the book, try what I did. Good luck .

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 17, 2021, 06:33 PM
FYI, back in early February, I received a rejection letter for the contest. I decided to take my finished ms and try to get it published elsewhere. I'm happy to report that I was successful in doing so. My entry was written as a NF piece, which might have hurt my chances in the contest. Anyway, the ms was published several weeks ago in Paranormal Underground Magazine and I actually got paid for it! So if anyone falls short on getting into the book, try what I did. Good luck .

Ken

Happy sales to you! It's always great when you can repurpose something.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on April 17, 2021, 06:43 PM
Thanks, Debbie! I appreciate your help and advice.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on April 18, 2021, 08:01 PM
FYI, back in early February, I received a rejection letter for the contest. I decided to take my finished ms and try to get it published elsewhere. I'm happy to report that I was successful in doing so. My entry was written as a NF piece, which might have hurt my chances in the contest. Anyway, the ms was published several weeks ago in Paranormal Underground Magazine and I actually got paid for it! So if anyone falls short on getting into the book, try what I did. Good luck .

Ken

That's great to hear, Ken! Thanks for the heads up.
Mike
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lrzajac on April 19, 2021, 07:28 AM
Fantastic, Ken!  :bananadance :broccoli :carrot :bananakilt :ceilingdance :chickendance :jump
 :congratswave
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: marlaina-cockcroft on April 19, 2021, 07:29 AM
Congrats, Ken!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Christine D. Page on April 19, 2021, 03:31 PM
Does anyone know results from the contest? I see that a book with the same title  was published in 2001. Thanks!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on April 20, 2021, 03:37 PM
I do not believe a decision has been made as of yet.  Sounds like we are all waiting.  Good Luck!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: susanne-whitehouse on May 01, 2021, 02:21 PM
Any news yet? I've had some email issues over the past two weeks, so just double checking that I didn't miss anything. After thinking we would find out on March 15th, I'm having a hard time waiting! :) Congrats on your magazine publication, Ken!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on May 03, 2021, 05:36 PM
I haven't heard anything yet, either. I guess no news is good news in this case? Good luck to you!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on May 03, 2021, 06:07 PM
Thanks, Susanne! Hoping all posters get published in the contest book!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: heather-morris1 on May 18, 2021, 07:56 AM
So glad I found this thread! I've been waiting and wondering myself - desperately checking my spam folder and trash and everything! Any updates from anyone yet?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on May 19, 2021, 07:09 PM
I also haven't heard anything, and regularly checking my junk mail, just in case. Maybe this is good news? We shall see. Good luck to you!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: natalie-cohn on May 19, 2021, 07:32 PM
I found out they are on round 2 today.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: stephen-costanza on May 20, 2021, 05:51 AM
No word yet. Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: alison-thayer on May 20, 2021, 03:39 PM
I found out they are on round 2 today.

Haven’t they been on Round 2 since February!? Why do they hate us so much!? 😭😂
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on May 20, 2021, 03:53 PM
It is becoming quite haunting.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: seina-otaru on May 20, 2021, 04:02 PM
Still hoping for good news all around.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: alison-thayer on May 20, 2021, 06:26 PM
It is becoming quite haunting.

😂
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: susanne-whitehouse on May 24, 2021, 06:17 AM
I found out they are on round 2 today.

Thank you, Natalie! Just curious how you found out this information? There seems to be very little info out there!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: dee-leone on May 26, 2021, 07:34 PM
Several people mentioned getting rejections right around the time of the Winter Conference.

I checked in with SCBWI a couple of weeks ago. It's my understanding that the remaining entries are in the hands of the publisher, but it's taking longer than originally thought to get the final decisions.

Good luck to everyone who is still in the running!  :goodluck
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: mrh on May 27, 2021, 06:44 AM
I checked in with SCBWI a couple of weeks ago. It's my understanding that the remaining entries are in the hands of the publisher
Ah. Then you're at the mercy of the publisher, so to speak, and SCBWI has no further control over what happens (or doesn't).

Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on May 27, 2021, 05:56 PM
Good luck to all still in the running.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: meredith-flory on June 10, 2021, 02:11 PM

Several of you mentioned "checking in" or getting rejections, etc... Is there a particular person to do so with or a list of long/shortlisted somewhere or should we assume no news is good news? I haven't heard anything, but it's possible I suppose something went into SPAM and I didn't see it., but magazines are starting to look for October content, so while I'm happy to wait, also if I did miss a rejection I might want to send it elsewhere.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on June 22, 2021, 05:59 AM
Hi Meredith,
I think many of us are wondering the same thing..."Did my rejection go to spam and I missed it?"
It seems that a few people have heard back about some details, but many have not heard a thing back and are are still wondering and waiting about the timeline...
We are all hoping the best!  GOOD LUCK for New Mexico!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: amaris-castillo on June 23, 2021, 12:38 PM
I have been wondering about this as well. I haven't heard anything but did hear from SCBWI months ago that a decision was going to come soon and that the publisher was doing its second review. Good luck to everyone!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on July 07, 2021, 12:45 PM
I tried emailing and calling SCBWI to ask for a status update and so far haven't heard anything... Anyone else having more luck?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Christine D. Page on July 07, 2021, 04:56 PM
Hi,

Has anyone heard anything about this contest?  If the winners have been chosen, I’d consider submitting my story somewhere else for Halloween. Thank you! Christine Page
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on July 09, 2021, 08:25 AM
I do not believe that anyone knows what phase this contest is in or when we might know.
Hope for the best!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: natalie-cohn on July 15, 2021, 03:02 PM
Just curious if anyone’s getting rejections or maybe there just waiting to tell the winners they won and no one else?  I thought they were aiming towards this October to publish but maybe not because it’s almost the middle of July.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on July 22, 2021, 08:33 AM
Hey everyone,

I actually decided to email customer service at Macmillan just to ask if there is a timeline and I was told that I should check back with SCBWI because it is part of their submission process... I'm guessing this was just a customer service rep who may not have had the full picture, but oh well. Just thought I'd share.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on July 23, 2021, 04:54 AM
Thanks for your efforts Michael!
Hoping for the best for everyone.
We should support and celebrate virtually when this is decided.