Friday, November 15, 2013

Judging timeframe - a very rough guess

Update on judging:  It's looking like the judges will be finished scoring the entries during the first week of December.  It's possible it will be sooner, but not likely.  After the initial score, we'll probably have to do a quick second round to resolve any ties.

Here's how the judging works, if you're curious:
1) Each of the four judges assigns a score between 1 and 10 (whole numbers).
2) Each story's four scores are added together for a total aggregate score.
3) The stories in each category are ranked first to last by total score.
45) If there are stories with tied scores competing for the available prizes, each judge ranks them from first to last.  For example, 1st - Story K, 2nd - Story D, 3rd - Story R.  1st place earns 25 points, 2nd earns 18, 3rd earns 15.  (This is based on F1 racing's scoring system-- because F1 is cooler than NASCAR or Indy.  Heh).  The points from each judge are added together and the list is rearranged by score rank.
5) The list is compared to the prizes that are available in that category and prizes are awarded.

So, to win a top prize, a story has to very well with four different judges.  Last year the point differences between first and second prize, second and third prize, etc. were very close.  In other words, many, many stories were contenders for prizes.  This year the contest has more Honorable Mention prizes, in consideration of the high quality of the stories received and the very close score differences between the entries.  


  1. The judges have scores up for about 1/3 of the entries so far. We're still aiming for having all scoring done by the end of this week (Saturday). After that, we'll likely have to do another round to break any ties. That should be quick, though. The time-consuming part is for each judge to read all 66 stories.

  2. How's it going, scoring-wise? On the tie-breaker round? :D

  3. Sorry for the delay all, here's the latest update: A couple of the judges have had unexpected things come up (for example, being buried under an avalanche of unanticipated work duties). They expect to finish their part of the judging by the end of the weekend.

  4. Any updates on the judging, Sam? Authors anxiously await!

  5. We just waiting for one judge to finish scoring the stories in one contest category. After that, we'll have to do a tie-breaker round, but that should be quick. Thanks for your patience all.

  6. To save countless F5 keys from earlier fatigue failure, is it possible to quantify "quick?" Recognizing that these things are difficult to predict, can we have a ballpark time frame for when the results might be posted? A day or two? A week? Longer?

    Thanks to Same the rest of the judges for all your hard work on this contest!


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