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The Critters Queue

Submission files themselves are here.

Queue of manuscripts out or to be sent (dates are estimated,
depending on number of mss. sent out, which depends on number of
members; probabalistically, the end of the queue is usually about
a month away):

     Title                      	Author
Week of 18-Sep-2019 (Crits due 25-Sep-2019):
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 3  Eric Wilson -#28695
 SF  Alien Alliance, part 3             Chris Turner -#28696
 SF  Titan Insurgents, Prologue and Chap 1  Kathy London -#28697
 F   The Island at the Bottom of the World  Matthew Duerst -#28698
 F   What the Mountain Keeps            JF Gabriel -#28699
 F   Reptilian Barbarian and the Templum Solarium  Andrew Giffin -#28700
 SF  Life is a carousel in 6 Acts + Finis  Bob Freeman -#28701
 H   New Teacher                        Kevin Stadt -#28702
 F   Infection in Everything            Chris Hepler -#28703
 SF  Goddess of No Surrender            William Broom -#28704
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 1         Garrett Menning -#28705
 F   The Two, Chapters 0-2              Catherine Ford -#28706
 F   Evetia Chapters 1-5                Sean Angelo -#28707

Week of 25-Sep-2019 (Crits due 2-Oct-2019):
 F   Always Room for One More           Carl Alves
 F   Just a Sprite, Chapters 3, 4       Terry Volkirch
 SF  The Search for Intelligence        Tommy Blanchard
 SF  Draken                             Rick Moyer
 H   Flies in the Honey, 3rd Draft      Kyle Walker
 SF  The Great Rift Between Us          JC Crochet
 F   Inconclusive Bets                  Renan Bernardo
 H   Hollowback Girl                    Joel E. Roosa
 F   The Time Loop Loophole             Madison Estes
 F   The Dead Sun: Watcher              Anthony W
 SF  Free China                         Ife J. Ibitayo
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm, Chapters 3&4  Javier Sobrado
 F   The Wizard's Tower, Chapters 1-3   Jason Newman
 SF  For What Its Worth                 Gabe Grimes

Week of 2-Oct-2019 (Crits due 9-Oct-2019):
 SF  Commission's End, Chapters 1-2     Liam Corley
 SF  THRESHOLD - Sci-Fi Techno-Thriller  Scott Falcon
 SF  A Job Seekers Guide to Necromancy Chapter 1-4  Clayton Niehaus
 F   The Eyrie                          Erin Odile
 SF  Pro-Vote                           Andrew Dibble
 SF  A Father's Gifts v3                Russell Adams
      (Note, if the last week above looks abnormally large, it probably
      needs me to add a new week, a task I do manually when I get around
      to it.  Future critique dates are approximate and subject to change.)


[@] - Pro [SFWA/HWA] author
[*] - Extra week(s) for holidays/aburt-out-of-town.
[mpc] - Most Product Critter Award winner
[!] - Special non-Wednesday dates because Critter Captain will be out of town
[ERROR!] - This means there is a problem and your manuscript will NOT be
     sent out - Contact the Critter Captain ASAP if you see this by your name.

Waiting to enter Queue (Will enter at end of queue on "[date]"):
 SF  Hin2LiftShipRevision01             Bob Freeman [25-Sep-2019]
 SF  The Space Between Bodies           JF Gabriel [25-Sep-2019]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 4  Eric Wilson [25-Sep-2019]
 F   The Wizard's Tower, Chapters 4-5   Jason Newman [2-Oct-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Semper Fidelis: We are Rome        George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  A Love Letter From Space           Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  Lost Tomorrows                     Seain Dunne [26-Jun-2019]
 F   Escaping Rondella                  William Nalley [26-Jun-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die  Stacey .S. Rivers [03-Jul-2019]
 F   Destiny 101                        Erwin Chege [03-Jul-2019]
 H   Midnight Spook                     Jnoh Doer [03-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir                   Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1      Stacey .S. Rivers [24-Jul-2019]
 SF  Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3  Bobbie Falin [31-Jul-2019]
 H   Half-Bedroom                       Rob Steiner [31-Jul-2019]
 F   The hole in the whole              Mariam Khodeir [31-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir: Frostfall        Damil N.R [07-Aug-2019]
 SF  Am I Doing This Right?             Adelle K Housker [14-Aug-2019]
 H   The Diary of a Hated person,Chapter 1  Adi Mukherjee [14-Aug-2019]
 F   Southern Fried                     Calvin Gregg [21-Aug-2019]
 SF  Bottled Emotions                   Yacine GACI [28-Aug-2019]
 F   Land of the Enslaved               R.A. Carter [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Virgo, Serpentine, and Rebellion   Rweena Samara [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Freedom                            Tyler Sheley [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Penumbra, Prologue & Ch. 1-2       Nick Johnson [11-Sep-2019]
 H   America, America this is You       Korie Conyers [18-Sep-2019]
 H   Decontamination                    Daniel Ensalaco [18-Sep-2019]

>> Note 1:  Held manuscripts are removed after four weeks on hold and
>> must be resubmitted.

>> Note 2:  It is the *author's* responsibility to notify Aburt when
>> they have brought up their critique count and want their ms. sent out.

[Click here to see the queue including archival data from 1995.]