I came to the office to enter this announcement, and discovered our host is updating their end of the site which has led to the temporary shutdown of our slider and postings. Diana and Morgan will no doubt solve the problem, but it may be late tomorrow before we are back on track, as Morgan is in Berlin and Diana is in San Diego.
It may be that there will be a short delay in announcing our winner, perhaps a day or two.
But choosing the winner is what I wanted to post to you all:
We have many fine stories in our finals, with no one story clearly “better” than all the rest. It means that to judge them is not a recognition of the most outstanding story, but an expression of the personal tastes of a judge. I have already made my own choices, based on my own prejudices about what makes a good story, and not the content of theme of the story.
But the winner will not be validated exclusively according to my own tastes. The winner will be selected, this one time (perhaps with some modification for later contests) in this fashion:
Everyone who entered the contest will be allowed to vote, even the finalists. Everyone has three votes–two which they will ascribe to their favorite story and one vote to their second favorite story. Those who are immediate staff here- meaning Gary, Diana Diehl, Derek Thompson, will have five votes; three votes for their favorite, and two for second favorite.
And rank definitely has its privileges: I have ten votes–seven for my favorite and three for second favorite.
This is time sensitive, and if you happen not to get this notice in time to vote there is always bribery.
Your votes should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. It should look like this:
2 votes: contestant # _____
1 vote: contestant # _____
As soon as we have the technical problem solved I will post a blog that will allow everyone to discuss their choices. Please don’t include much text when you send me your votes, as I will not have a lot of time to respond to them all. Save the discussions for the blog to share with everyone.
Five Franklins are just dying to travel through cyberspace to the hands of our winner.
As of this posting, all votes must be received by Sunday, noon, Moscow time (Pacific Standard) I am sending this post as an email as well to all the participants, but if tech glitches are not quickly resolved, I will postpone the announcement of the winner accordingly. Peggy is watching…we can’t screw this up.