Reviewing Upcoming ContestsThread Started October 12 at 7:51PM
I've made a habit, recently, to look at the contest listing and review entries before the contest deadline. I then give a heads-up review when I see an entry where it is clear the writer did not read the contest rules.
I recommend that more of us do that. Usually, it is appreciated, and we are supposed to be helping one another as part of a writing community.
When I see that a contest says begin with this sentence, that's exactly what it means. Begin with the required sentence. Do not add to it or change it in any way, and that's what I tell the writer.
When a contest requires the use of certain words, use exactly those words. I say don't change the tense, don't make a singular word a plural unless there is something in the rules that allows such changes.
When there is a required word count, I point out to the writer that he has fewer or more words than is allowable.
When a contest requires a story, I tell the writer he has entered an essay or poem.
Reply on October 13, 2017 12:14 AM
There are a couple of entries in the Combination Poem contest that seem to be extremely liberal with their interpretation of the rules - they are supposed to write a poem that combines TWO RECOGNISED forms...
Reply on October 13, 2017 12:25 AM
Quite a few already do so, and rate accordingly as well. If it doesn't fit the criteria, it can't be a five star review, can it? Quite a few reviewers have taken to using the rating system too.
Reply on October 13, 2017 02:06 AM
Yes, we have. And some days, we don't end up feeling kicked and trodden on. Then, there are days like yesterday...
Reply on October 13, 2017 03:45 AM
Sorry to hear yesterday was like that for you, Patty. The problem is that, for years, so many members have a habit of always giving fives no matter what that people expect them and think you're mean if you don't five them (we all know this, I'm just repeating it for any new members reading this)...but in the old days, when I first joined, fours were more the norm and the majority of active members used the rating scale more fully. Thins ebb and flow here and will reflect what members want most. So the more people who want the 'real ratings' and use them, the more others will get used to it being that way and the expectation of a five will mature into gratitude for the help to actually getting to a five or six star quality...
Nor, Steve, G-man - great points. I agree. Sometimes, I do that too. But there are so many contests and entries, one cannot manage all of them. Maybe we can suggest to Tom to have 'paid reviewers' of contest entries who get a bonus if they review all entries - or a certain number of them. Some kind of incentive would nudge people to take the extra time...
Just a thought.
Reply on October 13, 2017 09:55 AM
I think it would be rather difficult to review a entry if one didn't know what was required...
Reply on October 13, 2017 03:36 PM
Victoria, I'm talking about looking at the list of upcoming contests and checking the entries in time to notify a contestant there's something wrong - that they aren't in compliance with the rules posted.
Reply on October 13, 2017 07:23 PM
Well, Nor, I'm talking about reviewing contests entries...I think we all would have to check what the requirements were before we review any contest entry...at least that works for me...
Reply on October 13, 2017 09:05 PM
Reply on October 14, 2017 12:47 AM
However, a lot of prompts and competitions are badly written or not exactly clear in the first place and this can lead to issues as well.
When reviewing a competition piece, I always review it in context of the competition... something I raised in the other thread. The onus is on the reviewer to review based on those criteria I believe.
Reply on October 14, 2017 08:48 AM
I agree with that, its up to the reviewer to be clear on what it is they are supposed to be commenting upon...and that takes an understanding of the requirements for the contest, in full...it takes a bit more time, perhaps, but for me, I then feel comfortable when I do make my comments...
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