Judging these contests has been quite lucrative, and I want to thank you all for those amazing offers!.. I apologize for having accepted some of them (delicious!) and your generosity still did not result in a win for you! Oh! the Larceny and Farceny of it all! Here is the story of how the family tradition got started, with an important caveat about judging Beneath the Surface:
My Dad was somewhat of a genius(no, really…IQ of 160). At the age of twelve he approached the Brooklyn Eagle (mid 1920’s) and offered to write a weekly mystery column to boost circulation (theirs, not his!) They agreed to pay him 25 cents a week to write a mystery, and he always left off the ending. Readers were invited to supply the ending, and they could win the enormous sum of $5 for the winning ending, which my father would judge and post the following week. Seeing the disparity between the two bits he was paid, and the fin to the winner, he quickly realized that he was the best writer, and deserved to win, all the time. So he supplied the winning entries for each contest under a fictitious name, and awarded the money to himself. Never caught!
And so, when we have exceptional cash prizes, if you see that it is won by a newbie, whose name you do not recognize, I assure you, it is not me! MY money is made from all those wonderful gratuities from those of you who offer me wine, coffee, or my favorite position.
Does that clear things up?
Now, regarding judging Beneath the Surface. All entries must be received by mid-night, August 22. I will select five finalists; three according to my judgment, and two at random. I will supply an additional prompt, and the finalists will have 48 hours to submit an entry.
When they are announced, everyone who ENTERED the contest will get three votes. Two votes for their favorite, one vote for second favorite. Everyone who did not enter but left comments on at least THREE stories PRIOR to August 22 will have two votes, and must split their vote. This should make sure the winner is chosen on the merits of their work, rather than their good looks.
I encourage EVERYONE to post your stories on Facebook, and ask your friends to vote for you–that is to be expected–but they will also be voting for one person who is NOT you. Votes should be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org after the three finalist stories have been posted. Votes will NOT be posted in the comment boxes as they were in the recently concluded contest.
The winner will be announced at the Book Launch of author Tiffany Vakilian at sunset, August 29th.
NEXT contest? Entries will be posted anonymously!