Monday, January 19, 2009

Last Day for Readers' Choice Voting!!

The voting period for the Readers' Choice Award closes at 8:00 p.m., eastern time (U.S.) tonight. I encourage all participants to vote!

Winners Announcement tomorrow morning!!

I wanted to take a moment to talk about the after contest period. In the past, I have commented on each story about what I liked best. However, I'm not sure that feedback has been very valuable. This time, I'd like to try something different.

If you are familiar with the judging process, you know that I score each entry on the elements of pacing, entertainment value, technical skill, storytelling, and voice for a possible 45 points (the voice element only has 5 possible points because of the difficulty in establishing voice in such a short piece). For this contest, I will identify any categories in which you scored highly.

Also, after scoring 705 entries over these 10 contests, I've come to believe that any entry that scores 40 or above is a solid piece of writing, whether or not it places. For this contest, I will also be announcing the "Forties Club" for those entries which get at least a 40. If you've achieved that level, you've succeeded in my opinion. The rest is just polishing and story choice.

For those of you wanting to improve, what a great opportunity you have!! There are wonderful writers here willing to support you and give you feedback. Every one of us can do better. It's a sorry day when we decide to stop learning.

See you all tomorrow for the announcement!

23 comments:

strugglingwriter said...

This sounds good information/feedback to have as a writer. Thanks for that Jason.

I'll be holding my breath until tomorrow :)

Paul

sawan said...

wow, m all excited.. cant wait till tomorrow mornin :P

emeraldcite said...

i like the idea of sharing scoring info. I think the specifics will certainly help me.

Margaret said...

Really looking forward to the results.
I've read some brilliant stories.
Enjoyed it tremendously. Thanks :)

Vesper said...

Excellent idea, Jason. Looking forward to seeing the results! :-) :-) :-)

The Preacherman said...

Don't care if I get -40! ;-)

Well enjoyed reading everyones efforts. There's some very talented people out there.

I'm not shy of learning so bring it on!!!

Thank you for organising something like this. You're a good egg old bean.

Lena said...

thats surely a great idea,Jason. It will help us to define the areas where we should improve :)

abouttothunder said...

Thank you! That kind of feedback will be very constructive.

harshad said...

great idea! that will help really. thanks a lot :-)

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

The suspense here is palpable.All the best to everybody,may the best man/woman win!

Wonderful idea Jason.If you could let us know where there is room for improvement,that would be helpful as well :)

ceedy said...

That is a great idea. It was fascinating to read the myraid creative output just from a simple picture and a word.

It was fun....

Catvibe said...

That sounds like a solid plan Jason. I am thrilled already at the results of this contest, because it has served as an excellent community building effort, I am thrilled with all my new blogging friends from all around the world. That alone was worth the contest effort. The writing has been spectacular, incredibly imaginative and delightful. I'm really looking forward to the results, and can only imagine a pretty large crowd in that 40's club. Aine is right, you need to leave your day job Jason. I wish I was rich and could afford to pay you for the incredible service you provide right here on this blog. If I win the lottery, you're hired. :-)

laughingwolf said...

good idea, jason... thx :D

Meghan said...

I love that you take the time to actually give constructive feedback to writers, especially with this scoring process. That proves how much you care about helping other people perfect their craft. I can't wait for tommorow. Good luck to everyone!

Aggie said...

How excting ... I simply couldn't choose my fave. I will leave it to the more experienced to choose the winners.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Jason, I think your idea is excellent. You are to be commended for your efforts. I agree with Cat - just the participation alone is rewarding. I have enjoyed meeting other poets and writers out there, that perhaps, I would not have otherwise met. Also, enjoyed reading everyone's take on the prompt. It is a winning situation - no matter what. Thanks, Jason.

jason evans said...

Strugglingwriter, Sawan, Emeraldcite, Margaret, Vesper, Preacherman, Lena, Abouttothunder, Harshad, Sameera, Ceedy, Catvibe, Laughingwolf, Meghan, Aggie, and Kaye,

Thank you for letting me know how you feel about this new approach! I am hopeful that it will strike a good balance between offering some constructive feedback while maintaining the supportive and safe environment that I've worked hard to foster here. Many thanks! :)

Geraldine said...

It's been a wonderful contest and the entries top notch!! Bravo again Jason and thanks again.

September said...

Great idea you have there, Jason. I love your contests - not just to enter - but because we are treated to so many wonderful entries and I always learn so much. Your new feedback idea sound wonderful and I am excited and can't wait till tomorrow. :) Thank you again for the hours and hours you dedicate to all of us.

Aniket Thakkar said...

We all can't thank you enough for all the efforts you are putting in making a better writer out of us!

I publicly declare that when my book becomes the bestseller, I give away a million to Jason for organising this event! :) :) :) Lets bring about the revolution... rite Preacheman? (No harm dreaming big right... I feel a step closer already... just a few thousand miles more to go! :-D )

I bow to the 40's gang! The excitement in this contest was comparable to what I had when I was reading "The Magic Faraway Tree"... the first novel I read as a kid!

Rashi V said...

I waiting with baited breath! I keep refreshing the page hoping that it is morning "enough" in the US :)

Catvibe said...

Thanks for mentioning that Rashi V. I am imagining 125 people all over the world sitting at their computers hitting refresh. Jason forgot to mention the time! D'oh! So exciting!!

Rashi V said...

Exactly Catvibe! Im getting impatient and I have one of the biggest tests of my student life tmrw! So Jason, Please hurry up..I cant seem to keep away and the curiosity is killing me! I agree..D'Oh!!! :(