because I can.


The purpose of these contests has always been to encourage written expression and to give each participant a chance for recognition and to get feedback from peers and professionals, with a view to make everyone better at the craft we collectively pursue. We provide incentives to make it more fun, like our trophies. (Rarely, by the way, have the fees we charge to participate covered the costs of buying and sending engraved trophies to the winners)

I encouraged our authors to post their stories on FB in the hopes that others would be intrigued by our site and take the chance to enter our contests.  To that end, I allowed those who read posts but do not actually enter the contests two votes:  I always assumed they would vote for the author who invited them to the site, since the invitation would only come from a friend.  So I required every non-participant to read and comment on at least three stories, gave them two votes, which could not be for the same author.

This has backfired.  I am getting votes emailed to me before the contest is even over, and the kind of comments that are left are often superficial, and this shows lack of respect for the authors.

SO…I am changing the voting rules mid-contest:  ONLY THOSE WHO ENTERED THE CONTEST will be allowed to vote.  I will still be selecting 5 finalists, 3 according to my own professional judgment/tastes/prejudices, and 2 at random. I will present a prompt Monday morning, the finalists will have 48 hours to write and submit, and then voters–those who actually entered our contest, will have three votes:  Two for their favorite, One for their next favorite–and they can’t vote for themselves.

I attached a warning shot over the bow of a recent entry, but my comments had nothing at all to do with the author posted or her followers and friends.  It’s just that folks don’t always read the important stuff, unless I sneak it in after a contest entry, which folks do tend to read.

I shall make it a point to offend everyone equally the next time around. You always have the option of replacing me…oh…wait !…you don’t!

It's good to be king!
It’s good to be king!



5 thoughts on “IMPORTANT NOTICE

  1. Monica Brinkman says:

    Love this as our peers are actually voting. I also feel it is a privilege to be able to vote and will let others know that when they enter a contest at the site, it is not a popularity contest, as the other authors actually vote on the entries. Along with that, it is a chance to share your stories with not only the wonderful authors on the site, but with social media and invite them to take a look. It has always been a way to grow as a writer, get excellent input and advise but most of all, it is fun.
    We should always be sharing this site.

  2. Parisianne Modert says:

    On this Sunday I humbily offer, being a poor and foolish sinner, with contrition of will and repentance of future actions, the following verses for thought:

    John 1:1 and Revelation: 22:13. Amen.

  3. Parisianne Modert says:

    “It was deep into his fiery heart
    he took the dust of Joan of Arc,
    and then she clearly understood
    if he was fire, oh then she must be wood.
    I saw her wince, I saw her cry,
    I saw the glory in her eye.
    Myself I long for love and light,
    but must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?” – Leonard Cohen

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