- A long lead time
- A long submission period
- An inspiring theme
- Feedback from the judges
- Anonymous judging with public posting
- An organized contest with pimping, tools, etc.
Some things worked better than others, of course. But please remember the purpose of the whole event is fun and to encourage and support authors. This year has been tough with the fandom less active and honestly, these judges are tough. Their average scores are lower overall than last time by 2-3 points, so more 4s and 5s with less 7s or 8s. The scoring numbers are categorized by 1- poor, 3 - fair, 5 - average, 7- good, 9- excellent and 10 - outstanding. I believe in a full range of scores and it makes sense to have mostly 5s, which are average. I just like so many and tend to enjoy and love a wide range of stories.
So I am thinking about whether this contest will happen again. Last year is the final Sookie Stackhouse book. True Blood has also been renewed for next year. I am hoping people will want to write their own version of the last book or what happens after the last book, or something all human and totally different.
I love this fandom and hope it will not end with the end of the books or the show. So I am asking you to tell me when you would most like the contest to run at least one more time.
Please vote in a poll to tell me the timing you prefer for another I Write the Songs. You can choose more than one or enter your own suggestion. Go to the poll
Everyone, thank you again for all your help and support!