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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 16-Sep-2020 (Crits due 23-Sep-2020):
 F   Time Heals Most Wounds             [mpc] Donald Jodon -#29427
 F   Portraits, In Sepia and Umber      [@] Dwayne Minton -#29428
 F   Memoir of a Broken Leg             Adam Pitts -#29429
 SF  Knights, Buicks and The Neo Afterlife  John Griffin -#29430
 F   Flowers on the Wall                Douglas Ryan -#29431
 F   The Games at the Edge Of Town      Robert Leishman -#29432
 SF  Galaxy Run, Chapters 4-6           James Edmund Dennis -#29433
 SF  Mr. Jacobi's Day Out               Michael Stevens -#29434
 SF  Madness Reigns Supreme             Joshua Lieblein -#29435
 SF  Room for One More                  Jeff Weitzel -#29436
 F   Give a Little, Get a Little        Chris Hepler -#29437
 SF  The Way of the Warrior             Boris Layupan -#29438
 SF  The Silver Age                     John Lawless -#29439
 H   Jules, Nick, & I                   H.M. Friendly -#29440
 SF  Broken at the Stray Word           Jacob Corvidae -#29441
 SF  Notes to My Past Self              Thomas Lockwood -#29442

Week of 23-Sep-2020 (Crits due 30-Sep-2020):
 SF  The Toqard                         Vince Bonasso
 F   The Souls of Imagined Things       Raghasudhan K
 SF  Towers in the dark. Chapter 1      Roman Rafalson
 H   The Torrid Captaincy of Henry Armistead, Chapter 3  Robert Beverly
 F   Exit, Pursued by a Cucumber        Katelyn Sullivan
 F   The Judge                          Conor McBrien
 F   Equal Measure                      Sandra Skalski
 SF  The Architecture of Longing        Jamie M. Boyd
 F   The Homeless Stars                 Kelly Parrish
 F   The Dragon's Garden                K.C. Ahia
 F   Holy Knight                        Michelle Ng
 SF  Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 1    Charles Gull
 SF  The Old Woman and the Puffins      John Edward Uth
 F   The Ghost at 1 Silversmith Lane    Kate Genellie
 SF  Something Rich and Strange         Jordan Allan Chase-Young

Week of 30-Sep-2020 (Crits due 7-Oct-2020):
 SF  Casey Traveles West Chap 6         Barry Burnett
 SF  The Tides of Earth, chapts: 32, 33, 34, 35 _partial_  Jerold H. Tabbott
 SF  Life is Good                       Rick Moyer
 F   General Store                      Madeline Jacobson
 SF  Lobby                              Russ N.
 SF  Roadkill - resubmission            Joe Olson
 F   The Greatest City Chapters 10,11,12  Clayton Niehaus
 F   Super Fire Crystal Warrior         Ellen McCammon
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 1             Greg Tracii
 SF  Hanover, Chapters 1-5              Jeff Richardson
 SF  Penelope                           Theresa Story
 H   The Curse                          Jim Keane
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 3                 Jeff Naylor
 F   Death Dust                         Jude Matulich Hall

Week of 7-Oct-2020 (Crits due 14-Oct-2020):
 SF  When Jackson Turner Woke Up as Someone Else  Amit Gupta
 SF  Mae's Mission                      Jed Brinkley
 F   Charmer                            Matthew J Olson
 F   The Chalice                        Laura Engelhardt
 F   The Blemishing of Bruic's Green Cloth  David Felix
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 10        Garrett Menning
 F   Francis: The Adventure Continues   Ed Kratz
 F   The Love-Song of the Mad Minstrel  Shelly Nir
 H   A Lullaby for Cicadas _formerly Changeling_  H.D. Grande
 SF  In the Mouth                       Steve Levandoski
 SF  Flight of the Pirate Witch, Chapter 1 and Synopsis  David Ugarte
 F   Bridge at Ramageddon chap1         Wayne M Merritt
 SF  Finding the Time                   Michael Seidl
 H   Darkness Lies, Chapter 2           Kyle Walker
 SF  The Nemesis Part I Chapter 1       Stephen Secor
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 27-30  Eric Wilson
 SF  The Primitive                      Charles Botsford
 SF  Tardigrades                        scottt godfrey
 F   For your own good                  Alex Vinicius Santana Souza
 F   Where Some Have Gone Before, Parts I-III  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Arrows in the Dark, chapter 3      Abigail Yates
======================================================================
      (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.)

Symbols:

[@] - 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  Role of Law                        Wayne Martin [?]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 4                 Jeff Naylor [7-Oct-2020]
 SF  Electric Memories Don't Fade in the Evening Sun  Michael Stevens [23-Sep-2020]
 H   Praying for Sunrise                Jim Keane [7-Oct-2020]
 H   Chimney Sweep                      Jude Matulich-Hall [7-Oct-2020]
 F   Cloud Tracker                      Kaitlyn Mattson [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2      Charles Gull [30-Sep-2020]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 4      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7      Charles Gull [?]
 F   No Smoking Allowed                 Jude Matulich-Hall [?]
 F   From Trash to Treasure             Jude Matulich-Hall [?]
 H   The Sounds of a Bamboo Forest      Michelle Ng [30-Sep-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 31-32  Eric Wilson [14-Oct-2020]
 SF  In the Country of Endless Daylight  scottt godfrey [14-Oct-2020]
 SF  Download                           scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Guidepost                          scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  The Hand                           scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  House                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Her Desher                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  The Qwulne                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Prey                               scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Mites                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  La'Sann                            scott Godfrey [?]
 F   The Last Dameryx                   Kelly Parrish [30-Sep-2020]
 SF  Next                               Charles Botsford [14-Oct-2020]
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-5          Jeff Richardson [7-Oct-2020]
 SF  The Message                        Chris Hepler [23-Sep-2020]
 F   Riding the Midnight Breeze         Joe Olson [7-Oct-2020]
 SF  Cyberhomeless                      Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [14-Oct-2020]
 SF  Invisible Bodies                   Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?]
 SF  The Barrier Between                Kate Genellie [7-Oct-2020]
 H   A Family Recipe for Spice Cake     Madeline Jacobson [7-Oct-2020]
 H   The Midnight Train Murders New Revision  Jim Keane [?]
 F   Worms of Flesh, Worms of Faith     Jordan Chase-Young [7-Oct-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 33-35  Eric Wilson [?]
				-+-

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Wormy                              Nikhil Guleria [12-Aug-2020]
 F   Storms Past                        Laura-Marie Steele [26-Aug-2020]
 SF  Of Buggies and Behemoths           Sarah Rebecca Hovorka [26-Aug-2020]
 F   AK Book Excerpt - 1                angela shteynbak [09-Sep-2020]
 SF  Sweet Petals"-excerpt              John Bettinger [09-Sep-2020]
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>> 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.]