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Does anyone know what the numbers look like compared to the other competitions? I've only done Flash - there are more people in it this year than ever before, but I'm wondering if there are even more in the SSC.
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Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I think with the longer story the price for all the judging goes up. It just takes the judges a lot longer to look at each piece and they have to keep the judges interested in doing the job. We get 2,500 words this time.

Yes, that makes sense. I'm just a bit disappointed because I was looking forward to the competition, but I'm not sure I can afford that fee at this time of year.

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Originally posted by claviercat claviercat wrote:

Does anyone know what the numbers look like compared to the other competitions? I've only done Flash - there are more people in it this year than ever before, but I'm wondering if there are even more in the SSC.

The short story is popular, last year there were 5,000 writers and a 150 heats in the first round. The prize money is pretty good though. First prize is $6500!
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Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I think with the longer story the price for all the judging goes up. It just takes the judges a lot longer to look at each piece and they have to keep the judges interested in doing the job. We get 2,500 words this time.

Yes, that makes sense. I'm just a bit disappointed because I was looking forward to the competition, but I'm not sure I can afford that fee at this time of year.

Sorry to hear that. You can get a $5 off again by tweeting or FB, not a huge drop but makes it cheaper.
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Just got the email about this. Flash this year was my first comp, now the micro, so naturally keen to to give the Short Story comp a go too. 

Crazy that only 5 people from each group progress to round 2, though! 
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Can confirm, also just got an email!

Make it cheaper even by signing up early if you can. Even then, it's still a little pricy, especially considering you're only guaranteed to write once.  So I understand if the investment isn't worth the potential reward.

I entered last year and ended up not writing--life was hectic and writing didn't feel important. Gotta redeem myself this year!
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Originally posted by timmytimtimothy timmytimtimothy wrote:

Just got the email about this. Flash this year was my first comp, now the micro, so naturally keen to to give the Short Story comp a go too. 

Crazy that only 5 people from each group progress to round 2, though! 

Well, it used to be there were only three rounds.  Now they've started jacking the numbers up to almost 5000 entries, they threw in a third elimination round last year. 

I'll probably do it, but $48 (or $43) is awfully high for laughably stupid judges' feedback and PMs expressing amazement a story didn't advance. 

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Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Originally posted by timmytimtimothy timmytimtimothy wrote:

Just got the email about this. Flash this year was my first comp, now the micro, so naturally keen to to give the Short Story comp a go too. 

Crazy that only 5 people from each group progress to round 2, though! 

Well, it used to be there were only three rounds.  Now they've started jacking the numbers up to almost 5000 entries, they threw in a third elimination round last year. 

I'll probably do it, but $48 (or $43) is awfully high for laughably stupid judges' feedback and PMs expressing amazement a story didn't advance. 


I cannot imagine they'd be able to do any kind of deep dive with hundreds of entries to read through. In fact I would be surprised that they actually read every word of every story. If it doesn't grab their attention just like any reader, they might just skip over it and focus on the beginning and glance at the rest and offer feedback about the beginning. 
If most submissions are five pages and they have to read 200 entries that's 1,000 pages. That's a lot to read and respond to.

All that aside, I wouldn't enter these contests and expect the feedback from judges to have the same value as the feedback from friends, beta readers or people on this forum because reading one on its own is going to be different than reading and having to somehow rank/rate the submission and come up with the ones that should advance.

This one is interesting and I might enter it, but it would be for the experience and to say I completed a submission. I'm horrible at finishing what I start so that entry fee might be enough to motivate me to get it done and submitted.




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When you're charging $48/entry, a copy/pasted review (one judge got caught doing that) or a few lines that suggest they didn't read or understand it, and feedback that suggests the judges have NO idea the word counts for these are actually hard limits are not what they ought to be delivering. If it's THAT onerous, they need to sharply reduce the number of entries, or stop advertising the feedback as a selling point. 

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What's the diff between Flash Fiction and Short Story?
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