Call it sour grapes if you will (because I entered this and didn’t come anywhere) BUT the Writers Bureau have just announced the winner of their Halloween ‘Tweet’ story competition (it had to be the same length as a tweet – ie: 140 characters) and the winner – as others on Facebook have already pointed out – is too long. Not just by one or two characters, which we might be able to forgive but 38 characters too long!!
Add them to the Naughty List immediately!
When I judged my little mini saga comp this week (she says, primly), the first thing I did was check all the word counts in every entry. Anyone over 100 words would have been disqualified. I didn’t have to do that, as you had all read the rules properly (well done, you brilliant people!), but it’s rather bad of The Writers Bureau – who purport to be experts in this kind of thing – not to get it right!
What do you think? Should the winner get to keep her prize?!
They’ve put the following on their Facebook page (should be rechristened red-Face book page):
Drat! We’ve made a huge error, which has been pointed out by Francesca and Alison – thank you. Yes, we now realise that the winning entry is well over the 140 character limit! However, we’ve now informed Averil and so feel it would not be fair to go back on this. Rest assured we’ve learned our lesson – we will be checking thoroughly in the future!
OK – Here’s what we’re going to do. It is vitally important that you adhere to the rules when entering competitions because you will automatically disqualify yourself if you don’t. So to emphasis this point and because we didn’t stick to our own rules – we made a mistake, we do sometimes – we will give a fiction course to the runner up YOU vote for.
We will post five short listed stories that fit the 140 characters, with spaces, and the one with the most comments by Noon GMT on Friday 11th November 2011 will win.
If you want to have a look at the winner and shortlisted entries – and maybe even vote for one – then have a look on the Writers Bureau Facebook page here. But then again, like me, you might have better things to do!! *flounces off*
Update at 6.30pm: Ooh, it’s all kicked off! One of the 5 shortlisted writers has asked for her entry to be withdrawn as she expected – and wanted – it to be judged by ‘professionals’, not, what WB have turned it into – a kind of ‘popularity contest’. Good for her!
Have a good weekend! x