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Topic: Results page
Posted By: Suave
Subject: Results page
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:35am
http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/FFC/1stRound2019_Ch1results.htm" rel="nofollow - http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/FFC/1stRound2019_Ch1results.htm



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https://bit.ly/2RZMihK" rel="nofollow - SSC R1 Northern Zoo
https://bit.ly/2Siqy1n" rel="nofollow - SP The Gift of the Meadow



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Posted By: KLNorman
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:46am
Woke up in the middle of the night and read this. Hoping when I wake up again in the morning that my 14 point win wasn’t just a dream. This is my third or fourth NYCM and first time breaking 0. Feels good! 

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic32220_post332666.html#332666" rel="nofollow - SSC20 round 1 Heat 117 The Dating of Fossils


Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:47am
15 points! Whew. Bombing out of the Screenplay finals had me a little rattled so this helps.

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Microfiction R2: https://bit.ly/2BoypoY" rel="nofollow - It's Not a Bug
Screenplay R2: https://bit.ly/2UUbo3Q" rel="nofollow - One More Birthday


Posted By: Sammayne
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:58am
First time participating, and I’m pretty chuffed with my 11 points, since I was writing pretty far outside of my genre comfort zone! Congratulations everyone!! 


Posted By: sgspeed
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:59am
12 pts.  I'll take it! 

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MFC R2 https://tinyurl.com/y6uybau8" rel="nofollow - Universal Truths
MFC R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/rd-1-gr-10-the-fountain-sci-fi_topic33569_page1.html" rel="nofollow - The Fountain


Posted By: deedodd81
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:04am
Hahah I feel like I wrote this. But I didn’t so I’ll just say DITTO!


Posted By: AdriG
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:24am
I am extremely happy with my 9 points! First time doing this and I was hoping for 1 at best. On to the next one!

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Read my Challenge #1 story titled http://bit.ly/2lZnmdL" rel="nofollow - You're Not Here


Posted By: masonanddixon
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:28am
Considering I thought I was getting a dq, I am ecstatic at my 9 points. 

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic22358_post283226.html#283226%20" rel="nofollow - 1

https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r2-g30-a-matter-of-perspectives_topic23224.html" rel="nofollow - 2G30 Matter of Perspectives


Posted By: calksb
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:34am
Hey, I at least got ONE point. And I am glad I did. Curious to see what dinged me, but I think it's because my mystery could be guessed (or partly guessed) And, no dialog. 

But I am all ready to try and get TWO points...doubling my score! on this weekend's challenge.

calksb

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I like to read others' stories. Will read and comment as I can.



Posted By: tcFlash
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:41am
 I'm content with 7 points for blue humor in comedy. That puts me in the running to advance to challenge three if I do well this weekend. Congratulations everyone for competing in challenge one and for participating in the forum. 

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/g83-ch2-drama-rosas-hope_topic23321.html" rel="nofollow - G83, Ch2 Drama, Rosa's Hope


Posted By: ChristiLB
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:43am
AAAAAH! I am SOOOOOOOO excited! I got 13 points! I seriously can barely breathe from my excitement! Thank you SO MUCH to all my beta readers and to everyone that reads, responds and offers feedback to my story posts. All of your feedback and suggestions are so valuable to me and I appreciate it so much. Aah I'm just so happy! Going to have happy dreams tonight. Now the pressure's on for challenge two haha.

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MF'20 RD1 H79 https://bit.ly/2yQ0btf" rel="nofollow - The Secret Room
SCW '20 RD1 H45 https://bit.ly/35bkpte" rel="nofollow - Who's My Friend?


Posted By: Bassetowner
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:46am
Any idea how many people there are in each group?  Pretty disappointed with 0 points.  

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C2/Grp59 Horror; A Tradiing Post; A Bird's Nest
"The Madness"
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sh_nRKmH74myqV4VP88Gi3FgiQN5LtGd5QisI-ANa4g/edit?usp=sharing


Posted By: tcFlash
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:52am
Ok folks, there's nothing more to see here, time for bed. Move along now. This is Officer TC taking charge of the situation. Yes, I know you got points and can't sleep, but nothing good happens after midnight. Now move along please or I'll have to let out my canine friend, Darby. Yes, he seems like a sweetheart and wouldn't hurt a flea, but that's just his cover. He's actually a lethal weapon. At least that's what they told me at LethalWeaponsRus. 

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/g83-ch2-drama-rosas-hope_topic23321.html" rel="nofollow - G83, Ch2 Drama, Rosa's Hope


Posted By: tcFlash
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:59am
hmmm, seems  to have worked.

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/g83-ch2-drama-rosas-hope_topic23321.html" rel="nofollow - G83, Ch2 Drama, Rosa's Hope


Posted By: sootfoot5
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:00am
Hey TC what's this I hear that your story was blue as in porn?



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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/les-prtendants-r1-grp-28_topic31931.html?KW=" rel="nofollow - Click here to read Les Prétendants


Posted By: tcFlash
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:03am
Originally posted by sootfoot5 sootfoot5 wrote:

Hey TC what's this I hear that your story was blue as in porn?


Yes it was, and I'm proud of it. Well, I can't tell my family about this competition, but still, I'm proud. I'll probably win the whole damn thing and then my life as a writer of porn will be exposed. Damn it. 


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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/g83-ch2-drama-rosas-hope_topic23321.html" rel="nofollow - G83, Ch2 Drama, Rosa's Hope


Posted By: tcFlash
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:05am
I can't believe I left that part in about the foot long hot dog.

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/g83-ch2-drama-rosas-hope_topic23321.html" rel="nofollow - G83, Ch2 Drama, Rosa's Hope


Posted By: Charlie72
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:08am
Originally posted by ChristiLB ChristiLB wrote:

AAAAAH! I am SOOOOOOOO excited! I got 13 points! I seriously can barely breathe from my excitement! Thank you SO MUCH to all my beta readers and to everyone that reads, responds and offers feedback to my story posts. All of your feedback and suggestions are so valuable to me and I appreciate it so much. Aah I'm just so happy! Going to have happy dreams tonight. Now the pressure's on for challenge two haha.

You can thank me.  After taking a month off from any reading, I read three stories in the past few days.  Every single one of them scored 13 points.

C'mon, that's weird, right?

Oh, maybe I had nothing to do with it.  Congrats!


Posted By: LindaNZ
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:22am
Well I am beyond excited with my 3 points! My goal was to hopefully learn enough from challenge one to score a point in the second challenge. Over achieving Cool

But I am feeling so sorry for the person in my group who is listed as #1 and #6.  "Wahoooo!  ... wait ... wtf?" 


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https://tinyurl.com/ybtr4vxq" rel="nofollow - The ties that bind MF100 R1

https://tinyurl.com/y673ks32" rel="nofollow - Teenagers vs. Wild MF250 R1


Posted By: teehlee
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:30am
12 points! best i’ve everrr done. and with HORROR. insanity.

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http://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic30670_post320718.html#320718" rel="nofollow - CH3, GRP 16 (Crime Caper) - “What When (sic) Wrong and What to do Now (w/Karen)”


Posted By: GabriellaMargarita
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:32am
First time participating and I got 5 points, not too bad I think :) Super excited for this weekend!


Posted By: GabriellaMargarita
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:33am
Originally posted by Bassetowner Bassetowner wrote:

Any idea how many people there are in each group?  Pretty disappointed with 0 points.  

There are about 30 people per group I believe, but it does vary by 1 or 2.


Posted By: ChristiLB
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:34am
Originally posted by LindaNZ LindaNZ wrote:

Well I am beyond excited with my 3 points! My goal was to hopefully learn enough from challenge one to score a point in the second challenge. Over achieving Cool

But I am feeling so sorry for the person in my group who is listed as #1 and #6.  "Wahoooo!  ... wait ... wtf?" 

Congratulations - I'm so happy to have gotten a score as well. So exciting. I hope they go through and fix the list because I noticed another group with the same story listed twice. Group 18 has the same story listed for 3rd and 4th place. Does anyone know if we should send an email about that or will they figure it out/correct it? It's going to be a lucky day for a few contestants that will now make the list when the duplicates are removed Smile


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MF'20 RD1 H79 https://bit.ly/2yQ0btf" rel="nofollow - The Secret Room
SCW '20 RD1 H45 https://bit.ly/35bkpte" rel="nofollow - Who's My Friend?


Posted By: tcFlash
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:07am
3500 total ÷ 125 groups = 28+ per group.

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/g83-ch2-drama-rosas-hope_topic23321.html" rel="nofollow - G83, Ch2 Drama, Rosa's Hope


Posted By: ziskandra
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:39am
11 points! I wasn't sure if I would even place - I was impressed by the strength of the competition, so I'm very chuffed!

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CH1G16: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1g16-buried-vases_topic22387.html" rel="nofollow - Buried Vases
CH2G16: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic23313_post295970.html#295970" rel="nofollow - By the Riverbank


Posted By: AineKnees
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 4:05am
14 Points! Super excited!! Can't believe it Big smile. First go at historical fiction and at Flash fiction. 

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https://tinyurl.com/yz35axkt" rel="nofollow - C3 G13 A FATHER'S LOVE
http://bit.ly/2kShmDu" rel="nofollow - C2
http://bit.ly/2YggLgI" rel="nofollow - C1


Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 5:29am
I wake up feeling slightly more content with my 8 points than I did when I went to sleep. Ready to get down to business this weekend. 

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100Micro RD1: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic33005_post342454.html#342454" rel="nofollow - Of All Days to Die


Posted By: Redhawk001
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 5:33am
Five points in rd 1, any realistic hope to move on?


Posted By: Twerteen
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 5:43am
No points for me. I suspect my monkey food fight just wasn't traditional rom-com enough. 

Congrats to everyone who scored, though!


Posted By: Amanda71
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 5:48am
First time in a competition and I got 14 points! So ecstatic! I was just hoping for points really. But it has made me more nervous for the weekend now - I don't want to blow it.  


Posted By: louciferish
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 6:47am
This was my first time entering a writing contest, and I got the ONE genre I saw on the list and thought, I'll be happy as long as I don't get that

The weekend of July 14th, one of my cousins was getting married, and the wedding was a five hour drive from home. I spent all of Saturday morning driving, had to go to a family dinner Saturday night, and then Sunday was going to be an all-day affair with the wedding itself.

In total, I spent about 3 hours on Saturday writing and editing my story, then hit submit because there was no guarantee I'd have time to look at it again Sunday, and the worst outcome would be forgetting to turn it in on time.

With all that, I decided I'd be happy with any points and thrilled if I placed higher than 10th.

Nearly cried this morning to find I got fourth. Big smile 12 points! For a genre I'd never wanted or touched, and a story I had to get out and reasonable in a few hours with no help. 

Now I'm just scared for round 2 I'll do worse in a "good" prompt and it'll throw my whole life into a tailspin ;)


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FF19, R1, Everybody Wants to Rule the World (12pts)
R2, Nothing Good (10 pts)
R3, https://bit.ly/32Hx7go" rel="nofollow - Painless


Posted By: juliaro
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 6:49am
12 points on my first attempt--I'll take it. Smile there's a problem with my name though, hopefully they'll be able to fix it!

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https://tinyurl.com/v5229sh" rel="nofollow - SSC R1: If We Had Courage Equal to Desire (3rd Place)
https://tinyurl.com/vt8c842" rel="nofollow - SSC R2: Until Human Voices Wake Us (1st place)


Posted By: Epicurioso
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 6:55am
I'm ecstatic!  This is my first time competing in an NYCM competition and I scored 15 points!   I'm hoping to keep this momentum going through Challenge 2.

Thank you to all those who read my story and offered constructive feedback. 


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Epicurioso
Check out https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr123-another-level-crime-caper_topic31811.html" rel="nofollow - My Story


Posted By: TammyB
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 7:00am
Originally posted by Bassetowner Bassetowner wrote:

Any idea how many people there are in each group?  Pretty disappointed with 0 points.  

There were 4000 this year, divided among 125 groups. They try to keep 30-32 people per group.

I am seeing all these 11, 13, 14 point people and I’m happy for them, but a tinge jealous. I got 3 points (same number as this round last year).
But don’t be disappointed in zero points. Remember the statistics. IF everyone submitted (which of course is not realistic), about 50% of the total entries would get 0 points. 50%! I’m trying to convince a friend (who also got 3 points in her round) that she should not ignore the challenge this weekend because she got just 3 points. She got more points than up to 1/2 the contestants!
And, your judges may not be big or truly understanding on the genre you had, so you need to take that into potential consideration with your score too. I had one critique person say my story was more of a crime caper when i had the suspense genre. I know what a crime caper is, and it’s not what I wrote. 


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FF19CH1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr69-suspense-a-collectors-obsession_topic21545.html" rel="nofollow - A Collector’s Obsession
FF18CH1 BURIED IN LOVE
FF18CH2 DOG-GONE MICROCHIP
WRITE ON!


Posted By: roccapia
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 7:33am

I didn't place but I'm not too upset because I'm on a Mediterranean cruise and wasn't too excited about having to write while I was on it. So even though I know there's still a chance to move to the second round of I nail the next assignment (and that's a big if) I'm probably gonna bail out now and spend my weekend at the pool. Congrats to all who places!!


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SSF R2: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic32488_post336558.html#336558" rel="nofollow - The Long Winter


Posted By: AineKnees
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 7:38am
Originally posted by Redhawk001 Redhawk001 wrote:

Five points in rd 1, any realistic hope to move on?
Yes, without a shadow of a doubt! a) 5 points is really good...50% of your group will have scored zero 
b) apparently lots of people don't bother doing the 2nd challenge meaning there's more chance of scoring
c) it will be fun!


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https://tinyurl.com/yz35axkt" rel="nofollow - C3 G13 A FATHER'S LOVE
http://bit.ly/2kShmDu" rel="nofollow - C2
http://bit.ly/2YggLgI" rel="nofollow - C1


Posted By: AuthorMaggieCannon
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:12am
How many authors are in each group? Does anyone know?

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Microfiction entry:
TinyURL.com/MicrofictionFlappers

FlashFictionChallenge entry: https://tinyurl.com/y2aaw7ws


Posted By: Phobos
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:12am
No points for me.  Queue the Price is Right fail horn.

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Fear is a powerful motivator. To some, it is a god.
https://bit.ly/2RFzxKo" rel="nofollow - SSC20 C1
https://bit.ly/2kQHDSw" rel="nofollow - FFC19 C2


Posted By: steph9289
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:13am
Zero points for me! I'm guessing it wasn't sci-fi enough. Curious to see the feedback in a day or two.

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100 Microfiction R1G5 https://tinyurl.com/ya87bopb" rel="nofollow - Yes or No? (Comedy)
Screenwriting R1G28 https://tinyurl.com/yatwae2v" rel="nofollow - A Fresh Start (RomCom)


Posted By: Phobos
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:14am
There are up to 30-32 people per group, 15 of which will receive points in the first challenge.  16-30 get 0 points.

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Fear is a powerful motivator. To some, it is a god.
https://bit.ly/2RFzxKo" rel="nofollow - SSC20 C1
https://bit.ly/2kQHDSw" rel="nofollow - FFC19 C2


Posted By: Phobos
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:14am
Originally posted by AuthorMaggieCannon AuthorMaggieCannon wrote:

How many authors are in each group? Does anyone know?

There are up to 30-32 people per group, 15 of which will receive points in the first challenge.  16-30 get 0 points.


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Fear is a powerful motivator. To some, it is a god.
https://bit.ly/2RFzxKo" rel="nofollow - SSC20 C1
https://bit.ly/2kQHDSw" rel="nofollow - FFC19 C2


Posted By: TammyB
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:15am
Originally posted by AuthorMaggieCannon AuthorMaggieCannon wrote:

How many authors are in each group? Does anyone know?

Roughly 30 in each group. But that doesn’t mean all 30 submitted. Sometimes real life gets in the way, or the prompts terrify people and they don’t try. I like to think all of my group submitted.


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FF19CH1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr69-suspense-a-collectors-obsession_topic21545.html" rel="nofollow - A Collector’s Obsession
FF18CH1 BURIED IN LOVE
FF18CH2 DOG-GONE MICROCHIP
WRITE ON!


Posted By: Lookit There
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:17am
Zero, Goose Egg, Nada.
Wouldn't be so bad if I didn't actually like my story (which is rare). I have this weird hunch the feedback is going to piss me off.


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100-Word R1
https://tinyurl.com/y72dzb58" rel="nofollow - Wish Three
SS 2020/Ch.1:
https://tinyurl.com/s36unf5" rel="nofollow - Dracularry


Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:20am
I think that I won’t mind getting zero points if I either didn’t fit the genre or fouled out on use of prompts. But I definitely mind getting zero points if it just sucked as a story. Big smile

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SC2020 R1 H81 https://bit.ly/35nMm0X" rel="nofollow - Penn Station
100Micro R1G13: https://bit.ly/2WU6vrw" rel="nofollow - Keep It Up


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:24am
Originally posted by roccapia roccapia wrote:


I didn't place but I'm not too upset because I'm on a Mediterranean cruise and wasn't too excited about having to write while I was on it. So even though I know there's still a chance to move to the second round of I nail the next assignment (and that's a big if) I'm probably gonna bail out now and spend my weekend at the pool. Congrats to all who places!!

Lol, it's the cruise contest. I'm waiting for a tender to shore right now.

Eh, 10 pounts. I'm never happy unless I'm first, but it leaves wiggle room.


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SSC 2020 R3 G1: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic34042_post353131.html#353131" rel="nofollow - Hermitage
MF100 R1: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic33167_post342910.html#342910" rel="nofollow - Minder


Posted By: TammyB
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:26am
Here’s a thought for you all (especially those like me who scored low). Sorry, I try to see the humor in life anytime I can.
“I got 0 in the first round. I don’t have a chance,” is what I’m seeing. For me I got 3 points.
If no one who scored in my group in round one submits this time, I only need 9 points on the second story to get to the next round (trying to envision a tie for 5th place that makes it still work for me to move on).
Anyone have a brain melting spell they can give me? LOL!



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FF19CH1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr69-suspense-a-collectors-obsession_topic21545.html" rel="nofollow - A Collector’s Obsession
FF18CH1 BURIED IN LOVE
FF18CH2 DOG-GONE MICROCHIP
WRITE ON!


Posted By: TammyB
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:33am
Originally posted by calksb calksb wrote:

Hey, I at least got ONE point. And I am glad I did. Curious to see what dinged me, but I think it's because my mystery could be guessed (or partly guessed) And, no dialog. 

But I am all ready to try and get TWO points...doubling my score! on this weekend's challenge.

calksb

You got this! I envision you getting any least 4 points this next round! That’s my vision, and i’m Sticking with it1


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FF19CH1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr69-suspense-a-collectors-obsession_topic21545.html" rel="nofollow - A Collector’s Obsession
FF18CH1 BURIED IN LOVE
FF18CH2 DOG-GONE MICROCHIP
WRITE ON!


Posted By: haole
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:36am
Originally posted by manifestlynot manifestlynot wrote:

15 points! Whew. Bombing out of the Screenplay finals had me a little rattled so this helps.


For the record, your screenplay in the finals was excellent! I think we just had a lot of strong competition


Posted By: SnasonJoe
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:48am
Originally posted by tcFlash tcFlash wrote:

3500 total ÷ 125 groups = 28+ per group.
I had dumped all the entrants into a spreadsheet and counted the writers/group.

Groups 1:26 have 31 writers
Groups 27:125 have 30 writers

Nerd win.


Posted By: TammyB
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:51am
Originally posted by SnasonJoe SnasonJoe wrote:

Originally posted by tcFlash tcFlash wrote:

3500 total ÷ 125 groups = 28+ per group.
I had dumped all the entrants into a spreadsheet and counted the writers/group.

Groups 1:26 have 31 writers
Groups 27:125 have 30 writers

Nerd win.

That sounds right. It’s been about 30 every time I’m competed.
And spreadsheets rule!


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FF19CH1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr69-suspense-a-collectors-obsession_topic21545.html" rel="nofollow - A Collector’s Obsession
FF18CH1 BURIED IN LOVE
FF18CH2 DOG-GONE MICROCHIP
WRITE ON!


Posted By: auroranicks
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:52am
It was my first time competing and I was totally prepared for a low score, so pleasantly surprised with 11 points. Excited and dreading the feedback to arrive! LOL

As for the person who mentioned their name being wrong on the list - mine, too! They put my real name and not my pen name. Hoping they'll fix it. Hey, but at least they spelled my last name right! My whole life is a comedy of people to trying to spell or pronounce DePuy. Wacko


Posted By: Noel Alcoba
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 9:19am
In group 18, 3rd and 4th place are the same person, same entry.

In group 92, the first and sixth placers are the same person, same entry.
 
I wonder if there are more cloned placers on the list.



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100 Micro R1 G3 https://tinyurl.com/y8d4h5d4" rel="nofollow - Buried in Regret 2nd Place
100 Micro R2 G6 https://tinyurl.com/ybtpwa5g" rel="nofollow - Queen of Silver Linings


Posted By: ChillyToez
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 9:19am

Was feeling a little bummed out about my 6 points this morning. Was hoping to do a little better. 

So what does a numbers nerd do to make themselves feel better? Go to lovely Nerdy Nixie's http://forums.nycmidnight.com/all-the-scores_topic19475.html" rel="nofollow - ALL THE SCORES spreadsheet.

Last year, out of the 500 participants who moved on to C3, 95 of them scored a 6 or lower in one of the first two challenges. That's 19%. I guess I can't phone it in this weekend. LOL

Incidentally, 20 people had a 3 or less (4%) and three hardcore folks scored zeros in one challenge and still moved on. Proving, that while the likelihood is small, it still can be done! 

May the prompt gods be kind to you this weekend!


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https://bit.ly/2LYamzG" rel="nofollow - MicroC1
https://bit.ly/2pjKmGz" rel="nofollow - FFC3
Micro2 https://bit.ly/33kpblp" rel="nofollow - The Promise


Posted By: ChillyToez
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 9:21am
nothin' to see here, move along...

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https://bit.ly/2LYamzG" rel="nofollow - MicroC1
https://bit.ly/2pjKmGz" rel="nofollow - FFC3
Micro2 https://bit.ly/33kpblp" rel="nofollow - The Promise


Posted By: SLSingleton
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 9:29am
8 points! I'm in the solid middle ground and I'll take it! My story, A Lot of Troubles, is listed under SheriLS, but I got locked out of the forum for trying the wrong password too many times and had to make a new account. 


Posted By: dashesndots2
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 10:01am
Originally posted by SLSingleton SLSingleton wrote:

I got locked out of the forum for trying the wrong password too many times and had to make a new account. 


This happened to me too (I need to learn to stop trying to guess when I'm wrong the first time, ha) so I'm now dashesndots2.  I sent an email about being locked out to the feedback email address last night, but I'm not sure if it's something that can be fixed.

I told my friends that I expected to get 7 or 8 points, and I ended up with 7, so I definitely had a good feel for my story's scoring power, haha.  Hoping to get something fun for the next challenge, as I'm coming down with a cold and I don't think I can expend the energy it takes for something like Polisat or Historical Fiction this round.  I'd even be okay with Drama again (although it'd be the 4th time).





Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 10:19am
Originally posted by Noel Alcoba Noel Alcoba wrote:

In group 18, 3rd and 4th place are the same person, same entry.

In group 92, the first and sixth placers are the same person, same entry.
 
I wonder if there are more cloned placers on the list.


This seems like a really big deal, especially to the people who were supposed to be in one of those spots.


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Posted By: Jhill
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 10:46am
This is cool -- in my group, 4 stories were posted. All 4 earned points. Nice to see forum participants placing. Grats to you 104ers!



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Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 11:02am
I ended up with 9 points, which is way more than I expected!  I don't write a lot of fiction, and only one other person in my group besides myself shared their stories on the forums, so it was hard to gauge where I stood.  Entirely anticipated 0 points, with a shot at some of the lower values.  

Congrats at all who participated!

Also shout out to whoever's job it is to fill out that summary table, because yikes that job must suck.


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Posted By: Vernacula
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 11:14am
I hate histfic, so I'm good with four points.

Congrats, everyone.


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Posted By: EricM
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 11:25am
Originally posted by ChillyToez ChillyToez wrote:


Was feeling a little bummed out about my 6 points this morning. Was hoping to do a little better. 

So what does a numbers nerd do to make themselves feel better? Go to lovely Nerdy Nixie's http://forums.nycmidnight.com/all-the-scores_topic19475.html" rel="nofollow - ALL THE SCORES spreadsheet.

Last year, out of the 500 participants who moved on to C3, 95 of them scored a 6 or lower in one of the first two challenges. That's 19%. I guess I can't phone it in this weekend. LOL

Incidentally, 20 people had a 3 or less (4%) and three hardcore folks scored zeros in one challenge and still moved on. Proving, that while the likelihood is small, it still can be done! 

May the prompt gods be kind to you this weekend!

Fellow 6-pointer here! 

Yes, I'm also a little bummed, but you breaking down the numbers like that is helpful. Number nerds ftw. I won't phone it in, either! 

And thanks for the organizational work you do.


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Posted By: JanetM
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:05pm
I got 2 points this time. Happy to be on the board at least and awesome to see so many of the stories posted in my group get points. Way to go, Group 49!

For everyone who got zero, just have fun and rock the writing this weekend. My first time at flash I got zero and then got on the board the second round. You never really know what the judges will score well- and it only takes one judge to knock you off the podium (so to speak), but do what you came here to do, sit down, ponder the crazy prompts, obsessively write... and then wait months!

 Isn't that midnight reveal a killer though? My heart was actually pounding. lol.


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Posted By: EricM
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:07pm
Random question: Do we get more information on the scoring later? It's my understanding that 3 judges score your story? (Please correct me if I'm wrong!)

How does it work? Does each judge rank a story on a 1-10 scale or something like that, then they add the 3 scores together and then divide to get an average raw score, and then rank the averages from 1st to 30th or something like that to get the final ranked scores?







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Posted By: SDWatts
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:13pm
The first year I competed I scored 0 points. The second year I scored 5 points on round 1 and 2 points in round 2. This year I scored 8 points in round 1. That’s more than all previous rounds combined. 

More importantly (to me at least) I used the feedback from fellow writers and the judges to tweak one of my stories and sell it at professional rate. 

I think that not competing in the next round is a missed opportunity to challenge yourself AND get quality feedback from other writers. I also like the opportunity to see how differently people approach the same prompt. 

Dont give up. There’s more on offer here than placing in the final round. 


Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:18pm
Originally posted by SDWatts SDWatts wrote:

I think that not competing in the next round is a missed opportunity to challenge yourself AND get quality feedback from other writers. I also like the opportunity to see how differently people approach the same prompt. 

Dont give up. There’s more on offer here than placing in the final round. 

That makes sense. I just find this point system extra painful, MUCH more so than a ranking of the top five. Three judges didn’t even give one point each? Am I that terrible of a writer? It feels like getting a zero score on an exam. I’m really just horrified.I don’t know that I want to put myself in the position of feeling like this again for a contest.


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Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:21pm
Originally posted by EricM EricM wrote:

Random question: Do we get more information on the scoring later? It's my understanding that 3 judges score your story? (Please correct me if I'm wrong!)

How does it work? Does each judge rank a story on a 1-10 scale or something like that, then they add the 3 scores together and then divide to get an average raw score, and then rank the averages from 1st to 30th or something like that to get the final ranked scores?


We don’t get any scoring data beyond what we already know, which is our ranking. Three judges will list what they liked about your story, and then they will list what could be improved about your story. The feedback is often helpful for the writing process but not helpful for understanding ranking, as I often get reamed on first place stories but totally praised for HMs or stories that don’t place. It’s all very mysterious.


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Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:22pm
I WOULD be interested in knowing the actual mechanics of the scoring system, just because I'm an insufferable logistician who needs to know how everything works. 

I'm assuming the judges each rank the stories and then NYCM averages their rankings to give final placement?

edit: actually, now I think I'm remembering that each judge scores on a total of 100 points.  They must average those scores to find the final placements, which is essentially the same thing I guess.

edit again: found it!  

"The fixed standard and criteria used by each of the Judges shall be instructed by the LLC to the Judges, and shall be as follows:

15% Format (Adherence to paragraph #14, but not including Length)
15% Spelling and Grammar
70% Story (Writing, Originality, Character Development, and Plot Development)

The same Judges may be used for several Story Groups, but not for each and every Group. The LLC reserves the right to vary the Judges on a Group by Group basis. Each Judge shall total all scores for each 1st Round Short Story and then share his/her rulings with the other Judges. Each of the Judges shall advise the LLC in writing of (A) 1st Place through 15th Place in 1st Round Groups for each challenge; (B) 1st Place through 5th Place in 2nd Round Groups; and (C) 1st Place through 10th Place in the 3rd Round Group."


ALSO A FUN FACT:

"The maximum length for each individual Story is 1,000 words, not including the title page. The penalties for exceeding the maximum word limits are as follows: 
1-25 words over the limit: 10% penalty off total score 
26-50 words over the limit: 20% penalty off total score 
51-75 words over the limit: 30% penalty off total score 
76-99 words over the limit: 40% penalty off total score 
100+ words over the limit: Disqualification (Judges are not required to provide feedback on disqualified submissions)"


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Posted By: Showtime014
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:22pm
I got 4pts and I won't lie I'm a little bummed, felt pretty good about my story.  Happy I ranked though and zero chance I mail it in this weekend.  I've been doing this for a few years and I keep teasing with making it to the second round and I'm determined.

Can't wait for Friday's prompts.


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Posted By: calksb
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:23pm
If you like your story, I think you know what you were trying to write. 

I like mine also, and I got 1 point. (And happy to get it) But I still will read the feedback to see what they had in mind.  I think I can predict what it will be, on mine.

See you in Round 2

calksb


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Posted By: SDWatts
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:26pm
I think the feedback is really telling. Sometimes they just didn’t get what you were doing, which is the same challenge you face submitting to publishers.I have also had judges point out things that I thought were working but really weren’t. Balance their feedback with forums feedback and don’t give the judges too much power over your creative confidence. 




Posted By: EricM
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 12:29pm
Originally posted by amlewi08 amlewi08 wrote:

I WOULD be interested in knowing the actual mechanics of the scoring system, just because I'm an insufferable logistician who needs to know how everything works. 

I'm assuming the judges each rank the stories and then NYCM averages their rankings to give final placement?

edit: actually, now I think I'm remembering that each judge scores on a total of 100 points.  They must average those scores to find the final placements, which is essentially the same thing I guess.

Oh, well that would clear it up a bit! We just don't get to see those raw "out of 100" scores I guess.


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Posted By: Charlie72
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:37pm
Originally posted by BarbaraFL BarbaraFL wrote:

That makes sense. I just find this point system extra painful, MUCH more so than a ranking of the top five. Three judges didn’t even give one point each? Am I that terrible of a writer? It feels like getting a zero score on an exam. I’m really just horrified.I don’t know that I want to put myself in the position of feeling like this again for a contest.

I agree, it's more painful than it has to be.  Like couldn't they give 1 point to everyone, and save the 0s for dqs and no-shows?  
It actually makes business sense for them to do it this way.  If a lot of people drop out at ch2, it's just less stories they have to pay judges to read.

But please don't think of it as "your story is worth 0 points."  I guarantee you that's not the case.  You were assigned a raw score by the judges which you'll never see, but for all you know, your raw number may have been enough to get you double digits in a different group... it just doesn't make the top 15 in the group you happen to be in.  
It's ok to let yourself grieve for a bit.  Getting any score lower than what you expect is hard, and having it be a zero is an extra slap in the face.  But you created something you really love, and when all is said and done, that's what you're going to remember.


Posted By: calksb
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 1:52pm
" three hardcore folks scored zeros in one challenge and still moved on. "

That's not hardcore, that's thrifty and getting as much of what we paid for as we can. When I sent in my entry fee, I thought that at least I would get two stories critiqued by whoever the professionals are. 

Even though I hoped to do better, I am OK with my one point. I have taken part in another long time site for years, and if there is one thing I know it's that one reader will read and really NOT GET my writing at all, and another will love it. And I review a lot on that site. and find that some stories that really ring my bell don't do a thing for another reader.

If you like to write, keep writing. If you paid your fee for this FF challenge, keep writing until they don't let you in again this contest.  I find the genre challenge the hardest of all. I know I can usually please readers when I pick everything. 

If nothing else, the comments from the judges should help you to decide where to submit your work. Or how.

calksb



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Posted By: ChillyToez
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:08pm
Originally posted by calksb calksb wrote:

" three hardcore folks scored zeros in one challenge and still moved on. "

That's not hardcore, that's thrifty ...


I still call that hardcore. That's a writer who probably felt kicked in the metaphorical nuts and didn't let it rattle them. Or perhaps it inspired them to bring it in the next challenge! Or both.




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Posted By: calksb
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:14pm
Wink

Well, yeah. I can see that. I liked my story more than the judges did this time, but at least I got my one point.

And some of the stories among those I had read scored higher than I expected. But really, I liked almost all the stories by other people that I read.  

I actually will decide whether or not to be miffed until after I read the comments from the judges.  

calksb

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Posted By: sinister
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:19pm
Big ol' goose egg over here.  Judges can bite my shiny metal ass. Whatevs, I'll just have to up my game this weekend, assuming my prompts aren't absurd like "romantic horror, a broken stapler, the Gobi Desert" ;)


Posted By: amlewi08
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:21pm
Originally posted by sinister sinister wrote:

Big ol' goose egg over here.  Judges can bite my shiny metal ass. Whatevs, I'll just have to up my game this weekend, assuming my prompts aren't absurd like "romantic horror, a broken stapler, the Gobi Desert" ;)

okay, but I'm totally here for "romantic horror" as a genre


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Posted By: calksb
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:23pm
Let's see, you needed the stapler to fix your long flowing robes (oh wait, wrong desert) and the horror was you found your ex was along on the high priced tour with their new, fabulously wealthy love interest.

You can bash their heads in with the broken stapler, but that might get you in genre trouble. Unless the our guide is especially attractive.

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Posted By: ChillyToez
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:24pm
Originally posted by amlewi08 amlewi08 wrote:

okay, but I'm totally here for "romantic horror" as a genre

I'm pretty sure I've lived that genre, iffin' ya want from real life tips. LOL


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Posted By: JeanlucPIc
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:25pm
CeeCee was often told she was looking for love in all the wrong places. But an office supply repair shop in Mongolia? 

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Posted By: sinister
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 2:57pm
Write this story. I command it.


Posted By: sinister
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:08pm
K, great, just got my feedback, and I was once again screwed by a judge who dinged me because the judge didn't agree with a perceived political bent to my story.  That's the second time I've been f**ked over by the political views of a judge.  Honestly, f**k it, I'm out.  


Posted By: LMBird
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:09pm
Quote CeeCee was often told she was looking for love in all the wrong places. But an office supply repair shop in Mongolia? 

Quote  Write this story. I command it.

I almost feel like we need to host a little competition of our own and all give this prompt a go, because the hilarity that is bound to happen would be epic.


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Posted By: Sephira
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:17pm
Pretty happy with my 3 little points!! Decent feedback from the judges as well, and even the bits I got dinged on were things I agreed with (and in some cases some of it was in the story originally), but simply got cut due to the limited wordcount. On to Challenge 2!

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Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:19pm
One judge said "there are no negatives in this well-written piece." So I'm a little confused by the 8th place finish. But I also know it's more than enough to work with over the weekend to get into the next round. So I can't really complain. I guess. *grumbles under breath*

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Posted By: Lisa_Who
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:19pm
Originally posted by amlewi08 amlewi08 wrote:

Originally posted by sinister sinister wrote:

Big ol' goose egg over here.  Judges can bite my shiny metal ass. Whatevs, I'll just have to up my game this weekend, assuming my prompts aren't absurd like "romantic horror, a broken stapler, the Gobi Desert" ;)

okay, but I'm totally here for "romantic horror" as a genre

Please NYC, replace romcom with "romantic horror!" i'm totes down to write that genre


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Posted By: cheddarbaked
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:22pm
Are they sending feedback out already?! Okay, back to the contradictory mix of obsessively refreshing my inbox while peeking out from between my fingers...

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Posted By: Lord Xoon
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:43pm
Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

One judge said "there are no negatives in this well-written piece." So I'm a little confused by the 8th place finish. But I also know it's more than enough to work with over the weekend to get into the next round. So I can't really complain. I guess. *grumbles under breath*

I'm not a judge, so this is purely speculation. But I was wondering the same thing. I was 5th place and had very few "negative" critiques compared to stories that have scored higher in the past.

But I think you can have a story that doesn't have anything "wrong" with it, but still just isn't quite as strong as others in the group. And one judge might think it's perfect while another thinks it's middle of the road. The blessing and the curse of multiple judges I suppose.


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Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 3:47pm
Originally posted by Lord Xoon Lord Xoon wrote:

Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

One judge said "there are no negatives in this well-written piece." So I'm a little confused by the 8th place finish. But I also know it's more than enough to work with over the weekend to get into the next round. So I can't really complain. I guess. *grumbles under breath*


I'm not a judge, so this is purely speculation. But I was wondering the same thing. I was 5th place and had very few "negative" critiques compared to stories that have scored higher in the past.

But I think you can have a story that doesn't have anything "wrong" with it, but still just isn't quite as strong as others in the group. And one judge might think it's perfect while another thinks it's middle of the road. The blessing and the curse of multiple judges I suppose.


For sure. And it's totally okay to have had people write better stories than I did.

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Posted By: Showtime014
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 4:01pm
Does anyone share their feedback?  Just curious if there is a spot for that.






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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 4:08pm
Originally posted by Showtime014 Showtime014 wrote:

Does anyone share their feedback?  Just curious if there is a spot for that.






Bit of this and that, but most people add it to the first page of their story posts in the section above.


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Posted By: AuthorMaggieCannon
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 4:41pm
I got a POINT!!! I’m literally exploding with excitement and I got some terrific feedback! 

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Posted By: Paula
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 7:30pm
Originally posted by ChristiLB ChristiLB wrote:

AAAAAH! I am SOOOOOOOO excited! I got 13 points! I seriously can barely breathe from my excitement! Thank you SO MUCH to all my beta readers and to everyone that reads, responds and offers feedback to my story posts. All of your feedback and suggestions are so valuable to me and I appreciate it so much. Aah I'm just so happy! Going to have happy dreams tonight. Now the pressure's on for challenge two haha.


Congratulations Christie! It was well deserved. Happy for ya’.

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Posted By: calksb
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 7:37pm
I got a point too, and am so relieved and excited!








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Posted By: masonanddixon
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 7:46pm
Originally posted by sinister sinister wrote:

Big ol' goose egg over here.  Judges can bite my shiny metal ass. Whatevs, I'll just have to up my game this weekend, assuming my prompts aren't absurd like "romantic horror, a broken stapler, the Gobi Desert" ;)

Romantic horror sounds pretty close to my story, lol


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Posted By: piedraven
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:14pm
I'm excited!  6 points plus the critique! Smile


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Posted By: Viktrune
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 8:27pm
I got 3 points, which wasn’t my goal, but I’m happy it worked out in the end and I got any points at all. I’m excited for the next round and should have more time to commit too it. 

Good luck to everyone in the round!!!


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Posted By: ruthmac92
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 9:55pm
First time getting a zero in this competition... was pretty disappointed at first, and then confused because the judges had some great stuff to say about my story. But now I guess I can just have fun with the prompt this weekend.

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Posted By: shanan187
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 10:27pm
I got points (4 of them) which.. I'll take it. I'm going to go sell this story somewhere, and I'm working it into a much longer piece. I had such amazing feedback and so many kind words (and some good suggestions) from our fellow forumites and both my inner circle of writer's group members and wider audiences. I was told my story had rich and detailed world building and character development without sacrificing pace. I was told my story had a great twist. I was told I'd "nailed it" in terms of genre and story arc. I was told that it was a clear, easy read, and that even with the "fantasy" elements and names, it felt familiar and relevant.

The judges thought I needed more words and they flat-out didn't "get it."

And that leads me to an observation. After 5 years of participating in these contests multiple times per year, I've seen high-quality, well-written stories in specific genres (especially fantasy) suffer at the hands of judges who just "don't get it." In fact, a friend once received a comment that said, "I don't usually read fantasy and I don't really understand it."

So, 1) Why is NYCM allowing people who don't understand a genre to critique that genre? and 2) if they can't find enough qualified judges to critique a certain genre, why are they even requiring it?

Okay, I'm done pondering. I shall now go back to not giving any f---s about the judging and just enjoy my experience writing crazy stories on tight deadlines and then reading what everyone else produces. LOL


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