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    Posted: 16 May 2017 at 7:30am
Hello, friends! Last FFC was my first time out in that contest, and I didn't progress after what I thought were pretty decent scores in the first rounds (15 + 10 = 25 total). Does that tend to happen a lot? Maybe I just completely burned out during the third round.

Of course I'm here mostly for the challenge, but I put a lot of myself into the contest and work (as I know we all do!). I just don't know how often the fun of it all is tempered by disappointment for some from a results/feedback/math standpoint. Pure curiosity...do the numbers help or hinder? Appreciate the input.

And again, I know it's good practice, two rounds guaranteed, great community, not here to win, etc. Just asking an honest question. ;-)

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I have noticed this happening in the lower groups, mostly.  My thinking is that the old hands want to take advantage of the cheaper entry fee and NYC Midnight is filling up the groups as the entries come in - they do it this way, I am assuming, because they can't know how many will enter.  I would say you managed to get put into a tight group.

Now, as you say, the feedback can be far less than what is needed to improve our lot in a next contest.  What, I think would really help a writer would be knowing where we scored well and where we needed improvement, other than the run of the mill comments of the judges.  The rules state: scoring is split up into three sections.  Each feedback should then have, along with the judge's number, his scoring of the story, 10/15/55 sort of format.  As it is, I have no idea how my story got the points it did, only the judges stating that I need to . . .  It would be nice to be able to concentrate on what is giving us trouble.


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Thanks for the input, Suave! I hadn't thought about how the rounds are filled out. I do agree, it feels a little weird to have our scores in early rounds and then...nothing. I expect it in a contest like SSC, because we don't ever see scores. In FF, it would be helpful to have that through-line and info on solid areas for improvement.

I'm just wondering if I'm up for it again. I got two great pieces out of it (maybe three? Hard to tell), but it felt sort of empty at the end.
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Yes, I know your pain.  I really enjoy the chase though.  I know my grammar and punctuation is very weak, had a brain injury and I just can't quite wrap my head around it - can be elusive.  I have been trying to get an advance out of a really good story, but I am afraid that is not enough, especially with the burgeoning numbers of contestants.
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