Results of my in-law writing contest
Results for the "Love Your In-Laws" contest
After some thought, I added another segment to my reviewing criteria. That segment was "relation to prompt", and was worth five points, boosting the total possible points to thirty.
However, my rating of the piece was based on the pre-relation piece. That means that, if you wrote a fantastically clear article about mudguppies, you would receive an appropriate rating for that. Say it was worth 4.5 stars. Your contest points, however, would be significantly lower.
Thus the lefthanded score is what your regular rating would be if I just stumbled onto the piece while reading. The righthanded score is your contest score.
First place: "The In-Law is Coming" by Diane
Second place: "Invalid Item" by A Guest Visitor
Third place: "Invalid Item" by A Guest Visitor
If you compare final contest scores, you'll see that InkyShadows and billwilcox have the same score. However, "Invalid Item" by A Guest Visitor was a short story, as requested by the prompt, wheras "Invalid Item" by A Guest Visitor was more of an essay. Hence my decision to award second and third place, rather than an all-out tie.
Great job, everyone! Good luck with the rest of the Decathlon!