The submission deadline has passed. If you haven’t sent it your writing sample by now you’d better save it for next year -- because you’ve already missed out for this year. Sorry. Everyone should have received a confirmation of receipt email from my wife, but if you didn't you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll have her double check. I did everything I could…and A LOT of people helped me…but the word could carry only so far and there always seems to be someone who misses it. But we did something right because we broke the record for submissions this year! Not only broke it, we demolished it! Boo-Yah!! :)
So, what happens next?
A panel of ten judges have their work cut out for them. Their busy reading each entry and will be narrowing the pool down to 32 contestants, who will then be lacing up gloves for future bouts. Not an easy task, as you can imagine. Then on June 16th I will randomly select the first pair of these 32 anonymous entries and post the first head to head competition. Over the course of eight weeks I’ll be holding twice-weekly bouts in which the winners will advance to the play-offs, which will ultimately lead to a single champion. The winner of each bout will be selected by you, via your votes left in the comments. Ties will be decided by me (if necessary). The playoffs are slated to begin August 18th and the deeper a contestant progresses, the more writing samples they’ll be asked to submit (three in total).
Just a reminder…no one (other than my wife)…not even the judges being used to pre-select the 32 contestants, know the true identity of any sample.
The waiting is almost over – I promise. Just two more weeks. Best of luck to everyone who decided to put themselves out there. Whatever happens, you all earned the right to raise your fist in the air!