Judging

Interested in judging? Here’s the lowdown. πŸ™‚

Is judging done “blind”?

Because this is a fairly low-stakes competition, all judging is done “on your honor/honour”. This helps us simplify the process, which makes it much easier for us to run the contest and helps keep it going. If there are any changes to this policy, we’ll be sure to let you know in the future. However, we trust our judges (who come from such a fabulous writing community) to be impartial.

We also have a community winner every week. πŸ™‚

What if there are multiple great stories?

Unfortunately, there does have to be just one winner, but we know that some weeks will receive multiple amazing submissions. So, if there any you’d like to nominate for inclusion in the anthology, be sure to say so.

How many runners up, etc., should be awarded each week?

We recommend, although these are guidelines and not hard or fast rules:

2-3 Honorable/Honourable Mentions
1-2 Runners Up
1 Winner
And one favorite line from each story.

If you need to tweak these numbers a little, that’s okay. But please don’t overdo it. Somebody has to win. πŸ™‚

How should I submit my judging results?

We’re so glad you asked! Please submit a .docx or .gdoc file to microcosmsfic @ gmail (dot) com. Please include the following, preferably in this order and format. (Imperfection is okay – don’t stress about it! But it would make things easier for us if you can.)

  1. Your overall comments.
  2. Favorite/favourite lines
  3. Please label these with the author’s name and the line you liked most: Author Name – My favorite line.

  4. Your other results (these might vary slightly)
  5. Placing (e.g., First Runner Up)
    Author Name – Story Title
    Your comments

No need to include Twitter handles, etc.

When are results due by?

Sunday would be great to have the results, if at all possible, so I can have them ready for Monday 12p est (ish). Earlier = better. πŸ™‚

Thanks for all that you do!