Congrats to all those who successfully submitted an entry to this contest. Out of over 100 submissions, 93 entries were accepted that met the major guidelines. A few missed out on putting in a summary at the beginning but were accepted anyway since they met all the other criteria. That said, such entries will be penalized as the editors go on to select the long list.
At the time of writing this, all 93 qualified entries have been published, and no other entries will be accepted. The editorial team has already started reading the stories in order to choose those we feel are worthy of being showcased in the long list. Stories that make it to the short list stand the chance of being read by Chika Unigwe, and possibly being in our next anthology.
A reminder of the updated timelines the contest is below;
Public Choice Ratings – Dec 21st to January 19th
Release of the editor’s Longlisted Stories – January 5th
First Round Polls and Judges Scoring- January 6th – 12th
Shortlist released – January 13th
Final Judging – January 14th to January 20th 2013
The winner will be announced by January 21st 2013.
So the public choice ratings are now open. Writers who have submitted to the contest are encouraged to promote their stories to other members of the site and elsewhere – Facebook, Twitter, etc. Take this opportunity to read your fellow writers and give them honest feedback on their writing in the comments. You can ask them to also read yours and comment.
In addition, we urge all members to start reading the various stories, and also sharing the ones you enjoy to your social networks. Please use the star rating to score each story and also leave comments to show what you feel about them. This will certainly help the editors in their work, and will also end in two winners being selected.
To read the entries, click on the link below to check them out.
PS – there may be a slight delay in reviewing and publishing other posts over the next few days as we concentrate on the contest and also celebrate Christmas. We apologize in advance for the back up and any inconvenience. We hope to be all straightened out come the new year.
Happy Holidays and Good luck to everyone.