We had 29 entries. Which is 19 more than I thought we would have. And even with my guess of "10," I thought I might be fooling myself. I'm thrilled, guys.
And since we had nearly three times the amount of entries I thought we would, there's been a change to the scoring process. Instead of the judges just telling me which entry they felt was best, they will now each be telling me which entry they felt was first, second, and third.
You can expect to know results sometime around Tuesday, January 18th. I've asked the judges to get the results back to me by Monday the 17th, but sometimes life happens and they may not be able to. Frustrating as that might feel, that's life in the publishing biz.
When they return their results, I will e-mail everyone who placed. I'll be asking if it's okay to post your entry on the blog. This is completely up to you, so you shouldn't feel pressured to say yes.
Some of you have asked if you'll be getting feedback, and the answer is yes. I've also been asked how often I'll be doing writing prompts. The answer is every other Monday. So the next one is scheduled for the 17th.
I think those were all the questions I received. Please feel free to ask any others you may have.
One final note. Something that shocked my socks off was how many of you have thanked me for doing this. I knew I had wonderful readers, I just didn't realize you guys are so darn polite. As stupid as it sounds, thanks for thanking me. I'm having a blast.