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Spec Faith 2018 Summer Writing Challenge – Evaluation Phase

Next week I’ll announce the three finalists, based on your pluses during this evaluation phase, and we’ll vote for a winner.

The Spec Faith 2018 Summer Writing Challenge is now closed to new entries. We received a good number of interesting and entertaining stories or story openings, and the evaluation phase is now underway.

We want all the entries, even those that came in yesterday, to have a fair shot at the finals, so please take time to read and give your feedback for the ones you haven’t read yet. Remember, to indicate which you like best (no limit), reply to the entries and give a plus. In your reply, tell the authors what you like about their story or give them constructive criticism which might benefit them (whether you choose to give a plus or not). Remember, no minuses, please. Such a negative doesn’t help a writer know what they need to work on, so it is not helpful.

Next week I’ll announce the three finalists, based on your pluses during this evaluation phase, and we’ll vote for a winner.

The drawback of a readers’ choice challenge is that it might turn into a popularity contest. On the other hand, we need reader feedback for the challenge to be successful. With both these facts in mind, I think the best answer is for Spec Faith visitors to connect with family, friends, and followers (our share buttons make this quite easy) and encourage their fair and unbiased feedback (as opposed to, “Vote for mine—you don’t really need to read any of the entries,” which I’ve seen from some other contests).

Thanks ahead of time for letting others know that we need their feedback.

And special thanks to each of the authors who shared their work with us. We have a selection of wonderful entries to choose from. What a nice predicament! To find the entries, follow one of the links in this article (such as this one)—the entries are in the comments section of that post. You might consider reading them last to first.

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