wellsdesigned wrote:I have a wild hair idea about Quarter One. With this much time taken, I have to wonder now if someone hasn't decided that because we have a new judge, to be fair to all entrants, all stories must be reviewed by that new judge. Now, I am not advancing this theory to give hope to my own rejection in this quarter because I re-read my story for submission to another market after that rejection and I could easily see why it did not do as well as previous submissions. So I do not think a re-read of my submission with another judge will get a better result (it might actually be rejected quicker). But with this much delay, I'm just thinking that some level or review of previously announced results for this quarter may be in the works to be sure everyone is getting a fair shake from the new judging.
I am not endorsing the idea, I think they could and should pick up only where Kathy left off, but in today's litigious society, someone may even think the re-review is necessary. I could be very wrong, but it could explain this very long delay for any more results. If this happening, I don't think anyone who received an HM nod will have that taken away, but there may be a story or two in those results that could make it back onto the finalist potential pile.
Just saying. (By the way, I was on vacation for the past two weeks so forgive me if my theory has already been discussed here)
I'm not sure the contest is under any obligation to entrants beyond "your story will be read by a judge" (which it already has been, one way or another), so I'm not sure they'd go through the time-consuming, possibly-technologically-complicated method of re-reading every single story submitted with a new coordinating judge.
And, indeed, one of the "Contest Rules" on the main page is:
13. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
Presumably that's meant mostly to discourage people from trying to somehow contact the judges and convince them to change their mind, but final is final, right?
I think it's more reasonable to assume the reason it's taking so long has more to do with logistics than potentially litigatious issues. :)