So here’s how we did it:
1. We had a open call for entries–150 words from a novel.
2. We put up a poll and took the top seven from the popular vote and the top seven from judges vote and had our original fourteen contestants. We didn’t know who any of the writers were because of wacky pen name system which we adopted for the rest of the competition. We know this made things confusing but also, hopefully, more fair.
3. Each week, we put up a new challenge. We had a guest judge pick the winner and then, based on the poll, whoever got the lowest amount of votes was moved to the Play at Home side. This is basically how we did it. Guest judge picks winner, popular vote determines who is out.
4. On the last challenge, we had three people left. Two were going to be out. One would be the winner. The judge picked the winner and then we looked at the popular vote. We decided if the judges pick was not in the top two of the popular vote, we would reconsider. However, we did not need to reconsider and we had our winner.
5. Is that confusing? I’m sorry. It made sense to us and we tried to be as fair as we possibly could. We obviously are newbies at running contests on this scale and we made mistakes. We totally made mistakes but we really did try to make things run as smoothly as we could. If we do it again, like I’ve said before, we’ll get some help.
6. For the play at homers (I love you all), we took the person who won the most popular votes each week over the course of the competition. We know there are a lot of flaws in this system because people came over to the PAH side at different times and we tried to take that into consideration. All in all, we did the best we could.
7. I do want to give recognition to the final three in the competition: Docena Holm, Estee Wood, and Monelle Smith. You three did an amazing job and it was a tough competition.
8. I also want to congratulate everyone who endured to the end and completed every challenge. Seriously no small feat and it would have been so easy to just stop. I think you are all awesome, dedicated writers and I learned so much from you. I really really did.
I think that’s all. I hope that clears up any confusion. The bottom line is we are not so smart all the time and we did make mistakes but it was fun and I’m glad we did it. Thank you all for everything.