Please continue to vote in the Tribal Council thread if you haven’t already.
First, a brief note about the word count of the finalists. Some have pointed out that a few of the entries went a bit over on the word count, and this has caused some people to convey their distress that the rules (such as they were) were not strictly followed.
Let me just say that I’m sorry people are upset about this. Please do keep in mind that I had already spent 9 hours total reading the entries, which was a fun 9 hours, but still, 9 hours. So I decided against then spending time on top of that counting words. Next time. Someone suggested in the comments section that this impugns my professionalism — ahhh… I hope the more important indicator of my professionalism is that I run these contests (and the blog in general) in my free time in addition to a more than full time job that doesn’t stop for blog contests.
So again — sorry about this. However. I don’t think this should take anything away from the finalists, all of whom I would have chosen had they taken out some of their material to adhere to a strict word limit. I also want to point out that if I disqualified these two finalists, the next two in would have been previous contest finalists, who have already received the prizes.
I guess all that’s left in the grievances dept. are people who feel like their work was needlessly injured by following the 250 word limit… but as much as I know it’s tough to only send 250 words, I guess I just don’t quite see it that way. Polenth only used something like 163 words and she’s a finalist. It wasn’t the number of words that was constraining people. There were many, many, many excellent entries, and I don’t think anyone should feel discouraged that they weren’t a finalist.
So next time — stricter rules! But let’s also try and enjoy this contest and of course properly congratulate all the finalists. Thanks everyone.