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The Critters Queue

Manuscripts 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 3-Jun-2020 (Crits due 10-Jun-2020):
 H   An Argument for Always Locking Your Doors  [mpc] Adam Pitts -#29198
 SF  A Questionnaire For Non-Humans Desiring to Enter the United States  Dan Reade -#29199
 SF  Inflammatory Robot                 Pete Koziar -#29200
 F   The Greatest City Chapter 1 and 2  Clayton Niehaus -#29201
 F   Perfect Genorosity                 Andrew Dibble -#29202
 SF  The Ambassador                     William Das -#29203
 F   Confidence Man                     Russ N. -#29204
 F   The Library                        Mani Nezami -#29205
 SF  A.I.E. _Asteroid Impact Event_     James Edmund Dennis -#29206
 SF  The Found Ship                     Joe Belarge -#29207
 F   Monarchs of Greenwood - Fly With Me  Emmanuel Agyei-Boatey -#29208
 F   Arrows in the Dark, chapter 1      Abigail Yates -#29209
 SF  A Heaven of Your Own Making        Ben Wilinofsky -#29210
 SF  Shadow of a Genius                 Rachel Tham -#29211

Week of 10-Jun-2020 (Crits due 17-Jun-2020):
 F   After Life, Chapters 1-3           KD Glass
 F   The Broken Ring - Prologue         Adam Pitts
 H   The Feyborne - A Tragedy and Horror  Nathan Cavaliere
 F   Gift of the Swampy Thing           Eli Cepeda
 SF  Say What?                          T. M. Heckman
 H   Finger Trap                        Dan Jolie
 F   Corduroy                           Alia Atwell
 F   Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 2  William L Hunt
 H   Good Company                       Madeline Jacobson
 SF  All Others Pay Cash - Draft 1      Geoffrey D. Wessel
 SF  The Gestalt                        Jason M Kreth
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 21-22  Eric Wilson
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 4             Greg Tracii
 SF  Welcome to The Revolution          JC Crochet

Week of 17-Jun-2020 (Crits due 24-Jun-2020):
 SF  The Throat of San Dante            Renan Bernardo
 SF  Electric Memories                  Michael Stevens
 F   A Shift in Perspective, Short Story  Jeffrey Sims
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 8 _Section 2_  Garrett Menning
 SF  Junk Science                       Eddie Beeby
 F   Smoke & Dagger Query Letter        Dennis Blake
 F   Shift Chapter 1                    Julia Kell
 H   Caine Diaries, Chapters 1-5        Natalee M. Bowen
 SF  Glancing Blow                      Ray Erickson
 SF  Board of Student Wellness, Miskatonic U  Owen Blaufuss
 SF  Dead Somewhere                     Daniel Villani
 F   Shadow Love                        Cherine Olivier

Week of 24-Jun-2020 (Crits due 1-Jul-2020):
 SF  Little Bear, Chapters 1-3          Chris Ross
 F   A Shepherd's Story                 Sandy Kulhavy
 H   The Attic                          Jim Keane
 F   Sleep is a Cocoon, and What Butterfly Emerges?  Andrew Giffin
 F   Slave to Frost, Chapter 1          Danielle LaVigne
 F   Adela Smith, Exorcist              Megan Quinn
 SF  Casey Travels West, Chaopter 3: Dogman  Barry Burnett
 H   House of Heads                     Michael Bondies
 F   The Princess and the Apprentice    Kevin P Hallett
 SF  The Singularity Will Not Be Televised  Steve Patschke
 F   Shadow Walker Chapter 1-6          Ian Johnson
 F   The Outerworld Key                 Mark Krepps
 F   A Tale As Old As Time, Parts I-III, Complete  Joel E. Roosa
 H   Monster Portal                     Matthew J Olson
 F   A Love Song for the Mockers _Prologue, Version 3_  Timothy M. Nall
 F   Faces Painted, Faces Scarred       Kelly Parrish
 H   Darkness Lies, Prologue-Chapter 1  Kyle Walker
 F   The Future History of the Grail -- Prologue  Joe Follansbee
 SF  Blue Hairs, Chapters 1-3           Leslie Fulton
 SF  Marvin's Diary                     J.C. Gagan
      (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]"):
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 23-24  Eric Wilson [17-Jun-2020]
 SF  Solomon 37                         Eli Cepeda [17-Jun-2020]
 F   Of the Dragon Guild                Eli Cepeda [?]
 SF  The Great Rift Between Us          JC Crochet [17-Jun-2020]
 SF  Please Stand By                    Pete Koziar [10-Jun-2020]
 F   The Whittler                       Renan Bernardo [24-Jun-2020]
 F   From the Deep                      Adam Pitts [17-Jun-2020]
 F   The Device                         Adam Pitts [?]
 H   It's Not a Pandemic                Adam Pitts [?]
 H   The Master of the Game             Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  Harmonic Insurgence                JC Crochet [?]
 SF  Role of Law                        Wayne Martin [?]
 SF  Human Eclipse                      Craig Lipman [24-Jun-2020]
 SF  Your Place Among the Stars         Ben Wilinofsky [10-Jun-2020]
 H   Some Pig                           Russ N. [10-Jun-2020]
 F   Goat Island                        Michael Stevens [24-Jun-2020]
 SF  Galaxy Run, Chapter 1 - Date Night  James Edmund Dennis [10-Jun-2020]
 H   The Countdown                      Adam Pitts [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  The Trials and Tribulations of Door Mice: Chapter One  Helena Threlkeld [06-May-2020]
 H   The House in the Hill              Shelby J. Williams [20-May-2020]
 F   Millennials Killed the Grimoire, Chapters 1-5  Isa Mardel [20-May-2020]
 H   Depraved Lands                     Brayden D.P. Gray [27-May-2020]
 SF  HOF22 - Prologue Part I            DB Gibb [03-Jun-2020]

>> 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.]