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    Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 1:37pm
I'm curious if any amazing writer has dominated both stories in round one? 

Any perfect scores here? 
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Looks like there were 17 perfect scores out of 100 groups last year! And there were a lot of 29s and 28s too!

I think a small handful of them were forum people too! :)
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Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:

Looks like there were 17 perfect scores out of 100 groups last year! And there were a lot of 29s and 28s too!

I think a small handful of them were forum people too! :)

Nice! Did you find that info somewhere? I'd like to geek out on that. 
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In my group last year, the person who got first in challenge 1 got first in challenge 2, and the same person got second in both challenges as well. Those are consistently good writers.
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From last year's R2 results. Last year's winner got a 29. :)

4 Williams Ross St Albans
GB 15 15 30
9 Alphin Jeff Baltimore MD US 15 15 30
13 Palmieri Tony New britain CT US 15 15 30
22 Lee Kasey Marietta PA US 15 15 30
34 Drayton Alana Sydney NSW AU 15 15 30
39 Wright Christopher Waltham MA US 15 15 30
47 Eisenlohr Julie Galloway NJ US 15 15 30
49 Sweeney Kate York PA US 15 15 30
50 Sheehy Ryan Brooklyn NY US 15 15 30
53 Finn Lesley GUILFORD CT US 15 15 30
55 Kilgore Jenny Arlington VA US 15 15 30
64 Martin Victoria Ottawa ON CA 15 15 30
75 Corrigan C East Meadow NY US 15 15 30
78 Schreier MM Burlington VT US 15 15 30
83 Retallack Bruce Toronto ON CA 15 15 30
87 Mahoney Bret Beaumont CA US 15 15 30
98 Fineran Michael Everett MA US 15 15 30
21 Wahler Nancy Ooltewah TN US 15 14 29
27 Coulombe Candace Sacramento CA US 15 14 29
27 Winnower Karl Montreal QC CA 14 15 29
29 Grandi Gina Brooklyn NY US 14 15 29
31 Rivers Cordelia Peterborough ON CA 14 15 29
38 Cornish Maia Witney Oxon GB 15 14 29
40 Jeter Richard Warner Robins GA US 15 14 29
42 Teagardner Angela Columbus OH US 14 15 29
54 Nelson Preston Leyton Brooklyn NY US 14 15 29
59 Sanford Carrie Plano TX US 15 14 29
69 Gray Jessica New London CT US 14 15 29
70 Beckwith Phaedra Ellington CT US 15 14 29
81 Morgan Tyler Chichester NH US 14 15 29
86 Schoellman Stephanie Hondo TX US 15 14 29
90 Lipton David Houston TX US 14 15 29
95 Carey Nick solihull W Midlands GB 14 15 29
96 Schittecatte Pascale London
GB 15 14 29
99 Liu Annie New York NY US 14 15 29
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I mean, it kind of makes sense right. It's a competition of talent, so if you're really good and you happen to be placed into a pool of inexperienced writers, you'd definitely be well positioned to win both rounds. 
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This is fascinating to me, because the math seems to say that chances of winning both rounds (out of 30 entries), is around a 10th of 1 percent. So, if author experience/talent/time spent on the entries was close to equal, there shouldn't have been even ONE perfect score in a Challenge 1/2, much less 17 times last like year!! 

Math folks, is this right??

1/30 * 1/30 = 1/900 = .0011, or .11%

So...assuming my math is right, author experience/performance is SUPER unbalanced in this sort of comp.


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Absolutely Eric, it is is super unbalanced (in round one). Lots of newish writers, or at least new to flash-fiction or competition writing, join up for this. Which is great, as we get to see lots of different skill levels - I think that's helpful or everyone. I got 29 last year (and the year before), and I think a big part of those scores is just down to me having experience with flash fiction, as it's something I love. Skill levels/experience even up a lot by the finals, at which point a lot comes down to who has the most creative weekend.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lnLala Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2019 at 11:07am
Originally posted by EricM EricM wrote:

Math folks, is this right??

1/30 * 1/30 = 1/900 = .0011, or .11%

Yes, assuming that each person is equally likely to be chosen. (Like choosing names out of a hat.)
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