Right due to GIMH's lethargy (can I get a bonus point for throwing that word in) we have 3 entrants this year. This guarantees a new person will be crowned as the CW short story champion. It is a title you will get to hold for a while because given the last one was in 2012 the next one won't be until 2018 most likely.
Our two judges are - Howe and Fred
Can the two of them please communicate off line to mark the stories and then can the head judge post in here to announce the winners.
The contestants are Heef, myself, and CPR. I won't be revealing who wrote each story until the end. Although I suspect one of the stories is a bit of a give away. Feel free to speculate.Scoring Guide as follows:
Scores out of 10 for each section unless otherwise noted:
Beginning (out of 5): Does writer engage the reader's attention immediately? Is tone, setting and characters established quickly?
Characterization: Are characters believable, well-rounded? Actions and interactions consistent and well motivated?
Plot: Is the story interesting and compelling to read?
Style: Is writing fresh and free of cliches? Is there a strong/creative use of the english language and a compelling writing style?
Mechanics (out of 5): Is grammar and punctuation correct?
There is a poll so that the voice of the people can weigh in on which story appealed the most.
At the end the authors can make some revealing comments about their story and the genesis for it and so on.
I will PM the judges to alert them.
One final note. I have a relatively new computer. If anyone needs me to save these stories to an older version of word please advise and I will do so.
Thanks to the contestants and the judges in advance.