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:~: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 :~:

Breathe...Just Breathe...

I'm a bit fried...hence my LOSER status in the POSTING department.

I'll spare you the gory details for now. Instead I'll torture you by telling you about them one by one.

Let's start with contest entries.

I just finished the score sheets and comments for 5 Gotcha Entries. They were due...today. I made it--with about an hour to spare.


I've done this a few years now. Every year after I spend hours upon hours judging and offering comments, constructive criticism and kudos, I swear I'm not doing it next year. And the next year the contest rolls around and they ask for volunteers, and I say, "Sure, I'll do it."

**smacking my forehead**

Man, done right, that is a time-consuming, draining exercises.

Have you/do you judge contests? Which ones? How much time do you put into them? Do you love it, hate it or are indifferent to it but do it to pitch in?



Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

I've judged the Golden Heart several times. In fact, the box with this year's entries is sitting on my floor downstairs (I really should open it and make sure the deadline is the same as in years past...)

The GH isn't hard to judge because you don't have to give feedback - just a score. Which, for a writer is good and bad, but that's the process now so I'm not complaining. However, it is time consuming as it's 55 pgs per entry and I think I have anywhere from 8-10 entries in my box. (Hence, why I haven't opened it yet).

I'm a procrastinator by nature, so yes, I put things off until the last possible moment. It's something I'm trying to change.

Other than that, I haven't judged many other contests. Our chapter's going to do a contest later in the year though, so I'm sure I'll be knee-deep in contest judging forms then.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Evanne said...

Judged once (foolishly answered yes to one of those we need judges pleas), an informative process. Ultimately too time consuming for me to repeat--perhaps I'll feel differently at some other point.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

Hey, E -- open it!! You might have my entry in there!! :-)

Yes, I have to say that the whole feedback thing is what kills me -- not only am I critiquing the piece submitted, but then filling out the judging form with feedback.

I've never judged the GH. I usually enter so late that by the time I get there, all the judging spots have been filled.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...


I agree, very time-consuming. The process is an interesting love-hate thing for me, both rewarding and frustrating at the same time.

7:48 PM  

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