FAQ for Contest Newbs

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FAQ for Contest Newbs

Postby elratliff » Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:21 pm

Hi all,
I was once a confused newb to the contest. Now I'm just confused. wotf001 But I would be far more confused if it were not for the wealth of information provided by members of this forum. Here are some answers to the newb questions I had, for you future newbs who might be as confused as I was.

1) How does the judging process work?
Dave Farland, the coordinating judge, determines whether a story is a Rejection, Honorable Mention (roughly 10%), Silver Honorable Mention (top 50), Semi-Finalist (no set number, roughly 8 to 12) or Finalist (exactly 8). Dave forwards the Finalist entries to a panel of four judges who select the top 3 winners of the quarter.

2) When can I expect results?
According to the combined observations of forum members, there are at least two waves of rejections. In the Dave Farland era, the first rejection wave has arrived as early as 23 days after the close of submissions (V31 Q4). Another rejection wave coincides with reports of higher results. Honorable Mentions and above have been reported as early as 65 days for Q4 (V31), 73 days for Q3 (V32), 78 days for Q2 (V31), and 78 days for Q1 (V30). Winners are announced roughly a month after Finalists.

3) Which submissions get feedback?
Only Semi-Finalists get feedback. Finalists, Silver Honorable Mentions, and Honorable Mentions do not get feedback. Rejections do not get feedback.

4) Can I revise and resubmit my story?
If your story was a Rejection, Honorable Mention, or Silver Honorable Mention, yes. If it was a Semi-Finalist or Finalist, no.
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Re: FAQ for Contest Newbs

Postby JenD-F » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:00 am

This is fantastic, thank you!
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Re: FAQ for Contest Newbs

Postby elratliff » Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:35 pm

Glad it helped! wotf008
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Re: FAQ for Contest Newbs

Postby rebeccy88 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:50 pm

Wow, thanks so much!
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Re: FAQ for Contest Newbs

Postby elratliff » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:24 pm

You're welcome!
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Re: FAQ for Contest Newbs

Postby Randy Hulshizer » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:20 am

Thanks for summarizing this info. Quick question: Any idea why only semi-finalists get feedback?
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Re: FAQ for Contest Newbs

Postby s_c_baker » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:53 am

Randy Hulshizer wrote:Thanks for summarizing this info. Quick question: Any idea why only semi-finalists get feedback?

Finalists are considered to be already publishable as is, and just didn't win. That is: Dave doesn't think they need to be improved.

The semi-finalists get feedback because they are almost good enough to be finalist, but still had (in Dave's opinion) one or more small flaws. Although I think sometimes the "critique" is just "This wasn't quite as good as the other [subgenre] story."

Silver HMs and HMs don't get critiques because it would take faaaaar too long.
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Re: FAQ for Contest Newbs

Postby Randy Hulshizer » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:56 am

Thanks. That's a very helpful explanation.
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