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!