Re: What did you learn when you competed in the STC

Subject: Re: What did you learn when you competed in the STC
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 13:50:07 +0200

Beth writes:
> There was no room for subjective evaluation on the part
> of the judge. The total score determined whether the
> submissions received an award of excellence, and
> award of merit, or whatever.

I'm not sure what you mean by subjective.
If a writer spends good money to enter a
competition, and the writer's employer is
going to see the resulting evaluation, the
writer jolly well wants the work judged
by objective criteria. No one wants to
lose points because the judge happens to
hate square bullets.

But if you mean that the only thing that
counted toward the award was the content
of the checkboxes on the judging sheets,
that the judges weren't encouraged to use
the space provided for free-form comments
(both praise and criticism) to be read by the
entrant, or that the judges' numeric scores were
the sole criterion for determining the award
rather than a starting point for discussion,
then I regret having to say so in public but,
to the best of my understanding, that's not
the way the competition was supposed to
be run.

Mark L. Levinson
Herzliya, Israel
nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il

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