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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote nod1v1ng Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2019 at 9:51am
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Originally posted by vlgolden vlgolden wrote:

I received feedback from 4 judges - anyone have any insight on why 4 instead of 3?  Thanks in advance! 

I noticed that too and assumed it was a nice perk of being in Round 2 - but now having read others' feedback, it looks like some heats had 3 judges and some had 4, which is very strange. Don't think I've seen that happen before - in screenplay it's always been 3 judges for every heat except the final, when you get 6. 

This surprised me as well and I've never seen it before. (Or at least never noticed it.) I did go back through all my old saved feedback and it was always 3 judges. I wondered if in certain heats the scoring was too close so they added a fourth judge for further insight? Just a theory.
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I’m well out of this contest but I’m following with keen interest - with more “losers” (we’re not really!) than “winners” on SSC now,  I thought I’d share this apt phrase coined by a friend of mine -

 “a catastrophic trifecta of uselessness” 

Now there’s a great mouthful of a curse to hurl at your unsatisfactory judges :-D
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Heartstart Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2019 at 8:33am
First in my heat!!! That was... completely unexpected. I honestly would have been over the moon with a simple HM. 

There were also some amazing stories I read on these forums which didn't get through to Round 3 (both in my heat and others), which really surprised me. Oh well, I guess you just can't tell how the judges will decide. 

It's the federal election here in Australia this Saturday too. I'll have to vote in the morning, and start planning/writing in the afternoon. I was also planning on going to my friend's party on Saturday night, to knock back some wines, watch the polling results on the ABC, and laugh at all the politicians. Might have to re-think those plans now! 

 


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Huge ClapCONGRATULATIONSClap to the Round Two winners!

I didn't make it through, and frankly, I didn't expect to, but one always grasps that withered seed of hope, right?

I have to say that I was flummoxed when I received my judges' feedback, especially after my First Round feedback (which earned me a 1st spot). It was GLOWING. Even the 'negatives' were pretty positive, as if the judges struggled to find something they had to pick at. Intriguingly, the feedback for my first-round story was precisely the OPPOSITE; so-called 'positives' all held negative edges; most of the judges clearly didn't even "get" the story--most confused the gender of the MC, one thought she was a psycho killer (?!?!?), and one totally missed the most important connection in the climax of the story (and judge-splained to me how I could make it better)... yet, the story earned a 1st Place spot in the First Round. SMDH!!!

It leaves me wondering if the majority of the judges just want "deep", convoluted pieces--even where they themselves cannot fully comprehend the meaning (layered or obvious)? And for the record, Forum members seemed to have few issues understanding the substance/content of the story. Very weird.
My second story was a crime caper with raccoons. One judge called it "cartoonish". Ummmmm, yeah! CAPER! LOL

No sour grapes about not moving forward... I knew my story wasn't strong enough, especially the closing. And once I read others in my Heat (and many other Heats!), I was blown away. I am always honored to watch Talent receive its due. And I have most certainly enjoyed feasting on all these amazing stories! Thank-you ALL for that!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DeLynn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2019 at 8:55am
Originally posted by Alex Grey Alex Grey wrote:

I’m well out of this contest but I’m following with keen interest - with more “losers” (we’re not really!) than “winners” on SSC now,  I thought I’d share this apt phrase coined by a friend of mine -

 “a catastrophic trifecta of uselessness” 

Now there’s a great mouthful of a curse to hurl at your unsatisfactory judges :-D


Alex,
I couldn't LOVE that more!!!! Judging was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO confusing and frustrating for me! I mean, I didn't really expect to move forward, but the feedback for both rounds was totally unexpected. I won a 1st Place in round 1 with mostly 'negative' feedback and judges who didn't even understand my story, and didn't get anywhere in round 2 with GLOWING feedback. My head is spinning.


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Originally posted by DeLynn DeLynn wrote:


I have to say that I was flummoxed when I received my judges' feedback, especially after my First Round feedback (which earned me a 1st spot). It was GLOWING. Even the 'negatives' were pretty positive, as if the judges struggled to find something they had to pick at. 

I had the same experience! I didn't even get an HM, so I was expecting my judge's feedback to be brutal, but it was so positive that I want to work on the story and submit somewhere.  The items needing work were pretty positive and solid things to tackle, similar to the feedback I received on the forum. Too funny. It was fine, I was glad I advanced to R2 at least, but the feedback was MUCH better than I expected. 
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Just sold my 2nd Round HM story to an anthology.  Feeling a bit better now, lol.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote nod1v1ng Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2019 at 3:25pm
Originally posted by patsy patsy wrote:

Just sold my 2nd Round HM story to an anthology.  Feeling a bit better now, lol.  

High five!
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I sold mine a couple days ago to a magazine, myself. (Def takes the sting out of not moving to R3)

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Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by patsy patsy wrote:

Just sold my 2nd Round HM story to an anthology.  Feeling a bit better now, lol.  

High five!
^_^/

I sold mine a couple days ago to a magazine, myself. (Def takes the sting out of not moving to R3)

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Wow congrats to you both!! I hope I have the same luck!
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Originally posted by patsy patsy wrote:

Just sold my 2nd Round HM story to an anthology.  Feeling a bit better now, lol.  

Congrats!!

And to you, too, nod!
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