“Stone Cold” Ranks in the Top 12 Out of 927 Contest Entries!

I received this certificate the other day from Danny Hankner, publisher and editor of Story Unlikely. My gargoyle urban fantasy story “Stone Cold” placed in the top twelve out of 927 entries in the Story Unlikely Annual Short Story Contest–2023. There were three prize winners, and nine honorable mentions. So close! But at least I made the top 1% of all entries. And got this fun certificate to prove it!

As Mal from Firefly would say, “Shiny!”

New Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS of Writing Article Published in DreamForge Magazine!

The latest SUPER SECRETS of Writing article! And a great preview of what’s to come in my How to Write a Howling Good Story book. “Escalating Tension: Crank it Up!” Here’s the editor’s comments:

In this article, Wulf Moon shows us how tension keeps readers engaged and invested in your story. Tension creates a sense of anticipation that makes readers want to know what happens next. But you must make it even harder for your characters! Ramp it up. Escalating tension helps shape the narrative, define the characters, and ultimately ensure the story is compelling and satisfying to readers.

Free to read at DreamForge Magazine! Click HERE to enjoy!

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“The Saltmarsh” to be Published in ZNB’s Anthology GAME ON!

Hey, Fans! The preorder is up! Joshua Palmatier from Zombies Need Brains will be publishing my fantasy story “The Saltmarsh” in the anthology GAME ON! this August 2023. It’s part of his annual anthology series, this one edited by Stephen Kotowych and Tony Pi. This is a SFWA qualified pro market and has some incredible writers in the Table of Contents.

When we had the grand opening of our public art studio in the village on Lopez Island many moons ago, my wife and I did a dramatic reading of H. Munro’s poem about a goblin and a nymph. “Overheard on a Saltmarsh” is short, but it opened up a brilliant vision in my mind that’s haunted me for years. I wanted more, more, more! This story is my answer.

Here’s an excerpt from the publisher’s comments and the author lineup:

“Games are about more than winning and losing. They’re about risk and reward, strategy and blind fortune, our need to win and our fear of being outplayed. And when magic and science infuse a game, the stakes can be of cosmic importance. Each move could decide life or death. Are you ready to play?

“In this anthology, seventeen of today’s leading fantasy and science fiction authors explore the role games play in worlds both seen and unseen. Join Aliette de Bodard, Jennifer R Povey, Ed Greenwood, Cory Swanson, David Hankins, Cat Rambo, Wulf Moon, Jo Miles, James Alan Gardner, Karen Lin, Mike Rimar, Eric Choi, Tris Lawrence, Mark Silcox, Melissa Yi, Michael Picco, and Sean Williams as they share with us games played for unimaginable stakes.”

Shout out to David Hankins in this TOC, a member of my Wulf Pack Writers group! Now go ahead. Take a chance on a sure bet! GAME ON! will be published this August 2023, and it’s certain to be a winner!

Click HERE to order your copy!

HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY Kickstarter Launches December 7th, 2022

IT’S HERE! Four years ago, I launched a free project to help emerging writers get published called Wulf Moon’s Super Secrets Workshop. It’s not just a workshop, it’s also an online writing resource that’s had over 800,000 views! It’s won many awards. More importantly, it’s helped countless writers get published and win major awards themselves!

I’m publishing a book on the Super Secrets called HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY. The Kickstarter launches December 7th, and it’s almost here! Would you like to help me share these sound writing principles with more writers struggling to advance? Even use them to hone your own writing skills? Or give the book as a gift to your writer friends? Then I invite you to join me in this venture and sign up for notification of the launch!

Here’s the link. CLICK HERE!

There are many amazing backer awards for you to choose from, including new virtual webinars and masterclasses! Add-ons include the new Illustrated Super Secrets of Writing workbook that I just released, which sold out in two weeks! Come enjoy all the goodness this Kickstarter is about to offer YOU.

As always, thank you for your support and friendship. I cannot reach this wonderful milestone without the help of many great friends. Now don’t forget to sign up for notice of the launch! Thank you so much! ❤

“Sharnathium” by Wulf Moon Published in November 2022 Issue of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine!

My science fiction astralmancer story “Sharnathium” was published a couple of days ago, and I’m already seeing posts that warm my heart.? Would you give up divine power in the astral for one moment of corporeal pleasure? FREE TO READ for a limited time at Galaxy’s Edge magazine!

“IT IS GORGEOUS!! Your words paint beauty. Your words bring up the symphonies found in color and light. Damn good writing.”–C.L.

“Wow! What a story. A full exploration of all the facets of passion, from gods’ to photons’, and everything in between.”–C.W.

“I find your story ABSOLUTELY beautiful.”–Lezli Robyn, Editor, Galaxy’s Edge magazine

“Gripping story.”–Tangent Online

In the magazine’s introduction, Lezli Robyn wrote: “Wulf Moon’s “Sharnathium” explores what an astralmancer god would risk to experience corporeal pleasure just one more time. Despite a completely alien voice and transcendent setting, the protagonist of the story is so completely relatable, and the consequences of his actions transport us to a surreal conclusion that no one could have ever imagined possible.”

There you have it, and it’s a shorter read. Check it out! ? And if you’re recommending stories for awards, this one qualifies for awards eligibility for science fiction short stories published in 2022. I hope you’ll consider “Sharnathium.” It’s one of my best!

CLICK HERE to read “Sharnathium.”

“Sharnathium” by Wulf Moon along with other great stories in
Galaxy’s Edge, No. 59, November 2022

Congratulations to My Wulf Pack Writers Group Member David Hankins, Winner of Writers of the Future, Vol. 39!

David Hankins, Wulf Pack Writers’ “Keeper of Records” and Winner of Writers of the Future, Vol. 39.

I created the Super Secrets of Writing resource, the free Super Secrets year-long Workshop & Challenge, and the Wulf Pack Writers Group to help struggling writers succeed in getting professionally published. We focus on Writers of the Future and other respected markets to build careers. We’ve had seven alumni win Writers of the Future, become published finalists, or both! Now, there’s EIGHT in three-and-a-half years since I started this crazy experiment. David Hankins is our latest!

Thousands enter their stories every quarter to try to win the largest talent search for speculative fiction writers in the world! Over $30,000 is spent on each winner by the time they are paid prize and publication money and all the goodies that follow. They are flown to Hollywood for an expense paid trip from anywhere in the world. The win includes their stay at a luxurious Hollywood hotel, a week-long workshop with top writers and industry leaders, and a gala and award ceremony that many call ‘The Oscars of science fiction and fantasy.’ Way to go, David!

I share his own words on his writer journey, unsolicited and posted to Discord today as we congratulated him on winning Writers of the Future (and congratulated our Wulf Pack Writers’ other Finalist, Brandon Case. So close, Brandon! Next Q is you!)

Heeere’s David! And what he wrote about his journey to that Hollywood stage!

(Shared with permission.)

David Hankins

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Thank you! You, the Super Secrets, and the Wulf Pack are the only reason I grew from enthusiastic amateur to award-winning author (wow, that title feels strange!). I’ve told you this but thought I’d share with the group:

18 months. That’s how long I’ve been entering Writers of the Future. I found Moon’s Super Secrets on the WotF forum after my first entry in March 2021. That story earned an HM, but Moon kindly declined my request to join his annual challenge. Need an SHM or above, buddy.

Oh, really? Challenge accepted.

I dug into the Super Secrets, read the thread (120 pages at that point), applied myself through smart practice, wrote six KYDs in 30 days, and took Moon’s KYD Masterclass. My first published story came out of that Masterclass.?‍??

That paid KYD Masterclass granted access to the Wulf Pack, which changed my writing forever. You are my writing family. Together we are greater than the sum of our parts.

I got another HM then an SHM and joined Moon’s Vol39 annual challenge.

Challenge completed. ?

I was humbled when Moon asked me to be Keeper of Records.

More smart practice, attended Moon’s Winning Stories Masterclass at Fyrecon-online (Attend Fyrecon! It’s amazing!), and I started to find my writer’s voice. Humor, described by many as the hardest voice to write well. Unlikely to win WotF.

I got another HM. Not a step back, just a reminder. Write fresh, don’t revise and resubmit.

January 2022 was pivotal. DreamForge accepted my first story. I had my last working day in the Army (meaning my heart committed itself completely to writing, though my mind yelled ‘get a real job!’). Jody Lynn Nye (a humorist) became WotF coordinating judge.

I found my voice, my passion. Snarky, funny, heartfelt. I wrote my winner. Moon and the Wulf Pack helped polish it, I submitted, and moved to the next story. That one sold. And the next.

Winners are made here. Professionals are made here.

!! GO WULF PACK !!

“Flow State: Release the Kraken Within You” Super Secrets Masterclass SOLD OUT Fist Time Taught!

This Flow State masterclass is a new workshop in my Super Secrets of Writing series. I taught it as a webinar this year as a donation to DreamForge magazine’s Kickstarter, and that one sold out at 50 participants! I’m so happy about that. Last year’s webinar sold out at 50 as well, helping DreamForge keep their fires lit. This year, it actually helped DreamForge move to a new level–paying writers seven cents a word for their stories. That’s a respectable rate! And DreamForge produces a magazine filled with brilliant stories and gorgeous art. I do hope you’ll check them out at DreamForge Magazine!

I teach the 4-hour masterclasses to help writers advance their professional skill levels so they can create work that sells and gets published. This one teaches the best-kept secret of bestselling writers. Writing in Flow will transform your writing. And I teach you how to do it.

Sign up for my Wulf Pack Club Letter and you’ll never miss one of my workshops again. Well, if you hurry. Whenever I announce them, they quickly SELL OUT!

You’re still here? Hop on over to my Super Secrets page, scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll find the box to sign up for the Wulf Pack Club. It’s free! Click HERE.

Salt Lake FanX 2022 Author Guest: Wulf Moon

Wulf Moon, Salt Lake FanX 2022 Author Guest

It’s official! I’ve been invited to be a guest author at FanX Salt Lake, one of the largest multi-genre pop culture expos held in the world! Attendance usually exceeds 100,000 per convention, so this is the largest event that I’ve been invited to speak at and conduct my writing workshops at in my career. I’ll also have a booth in the exhibitor hall with a TOP SECRET release I’m debuting at FanX! Plus, I’ll be kicking off my SUPER SECRETS of Writing Kickstarter! And I’ll have books to sign, prizes to give away, a free writing workshop, and more!

Who’s going? Sept. 22nd-24th, 2022. Make your plans, mark your calendar, and come see me at my panels, workshop, or FanX exhibit hall booth. I’d love to see you there!

Wulf Moon To Be an Author Guest at the FanX Salt Lake Convention!

Event Dates: September 22-24, 2022

FanX is a multi-genre pop culture expo held every year in Salt Lake City. It’s one of the largest fan events in the world, with annual attendance ranging around 100,000 attendees. Some of the biggest stars in writing, acting, and illustrating are invited as special guests to this event, and I’m truly honored to be invited. I look forward to speaking on writing panels, signing my books for fans, and visiting with science fiction and fantasy fans at my dealer table.

Since the convention programming needs some information from me for their programming and website, I thought I’d post it here. That way, you get to see it as well!

If you’ll be attending FanX, please stop by my dealer table, or visit with me after a panel. I’d love to meet you. I hope to see you get your geek on and meet you there!

Wulf Moon FanX Website Biography

Wulf Moon is a bestselling writer, award-winning writing instructor, professional voice-over actor, and freelance editor. He wrote his first science fiction story when he was fifteen. It won the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and became his first professional sale in Science World.

Moon has won over forty awards in writing and just as many in public speaking and marketing. A sample of these include: Star Trek Strange New Worlds Contest; Critters Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2018, of 2019, of 2020; Best Author of 2019, of 2020, of 2021; Best Writers’ Workshop of 2019, of 2020, of 2021; and the Writers of the Future Contest.

Moon’s stories have appeared in numerous publications including Writers of the Future, Best of Deep Magic 2, Future Science Fiction Digest, Best of Third Flatiron, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2, and DreamForge. He writes a series on the craft of writing for DreamForge magazine.

Wulf Moon is also a professional voice-over actor and has produced works for Hugo Award winners and bestselling authors like Mike Resnick, Jeff Wheeler, and Will McIntosh. Moon is podcast director at the internationally focused science fiction magazine Future Science Fiction Digest.

Moon’s online writers’ resource has won industry awards and has had over 800,000 views. In the past three years, seven from his year-long Super Secrets of Writing Workshops have been published in Writers of the Future, one also winning the Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction from a story originally created in Moon’s workshop. Dozens of formerly unpublished writers attribute his teachings as the key ingredient that led them to publishing success. His Super Secrets of Writing will be published this winter by Mark Leslie’s Stark Publishing Solutions.

You can find Moon on Facebook at Wulf.Moon.94, on Twitter @WulfMoon1, and on his website TheSuperSecrets.com. Why not “Join the Wulf Pack!” by signing up for his free club where you can win cool monthly prize drawings. It’s only a click away at http://thesupersecrets.com/

Moon hopes to meet you at his dealer table or at one of his panels at FanX!

Wulf Moon Publicity Photo

Project 1: Most Relevant to Attendees

Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS of Writing: How to Write a Howling Good Story

Project 2 A

Writers of the Future, Vol. 35

Project 2 B

My story “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” in Writers of the Future, Vol. 35. Illustration by Alice Wang.

Award winning illustration by Alice Wang

Project 3

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2

My Story: “Seventh Heaven”

Project 4

Featured Story of 2021 in DreamForge magazine

Project 5

Sample illustrations of Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS of Writing Articles in DreamForge Magazine

Project 6

Best of Deep Magic 2 Story by Wulf Moon: “Muzik Man”

Project 7

Future Science Fiction Digest: Podcast Director This issue also reprinted “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler”

Project 8

Mike Resnick Memorial Tribute Podcast Narrated by Wulf Moon

Project 9

Strange Beasties anthology. “Best of the Month” by Wulf Moon.

Strange Beasties Anthology cover featuring “Beast of the Month”

Project 10

Some of the international Critters Readers’ Choice Awards I’ve won. 2500 readers from around the world vote for their favorites in the industry each year.

“Sophies Parisian Stationery and Parfumerie Magnifique” Podcast, Narrated by Wulf Moon

Here’s a present for all of you! The award-winning 24-hour story I wrote at Writers of the Future, published in THINGS WITH FEATHERS: STORIES OF HOPE by Third Flatiron. I was hired to do the voice-over. Free to listen, just click the link!

Here’s the review in SFCrowsnest: “‘Sophie’s Parisian Stationery & Parfumerie Magnifique’ by Wulf Moon was damn good, too. Machines have killed most humans but one bad guy left, with a shotgun, moseys into Hollywood and attacks the AI run shops and entertainment venues that are still there. All they want is to please customers. An original idea and well-handled.”

Come hear what I sweat bullets to write under the gun in Hollywood in twenty-four hours!

CLICK HERE TO GO THERE!