WRiTE CLUB 2016 is just around the corner, which means I'm starting to get my ducks in a row. It also means I need some help. One of the most challenging aspects of the contest is narrowing down all of the entries (171 last year) to just the top 30. That’s where I need help. In order to go about this is a fair and unbiased manner – I create a central repository (via Dropbox) where all of the submissions are stored as they roll in, then have a selection committee of a dozen judges read all of those entries and vote for their favorites, which I then use to select the top 30.
Before you raise your hand to volunteer, I want to fully explain what you would be getting into. This is a big commitment! First you must be open to installing and using Dropbox (a free file sharing program that I will provide complete instructions on how to use). Then once the entries start pouring in (Feb. 1) you will have until March 4th to read what could be 200+ entries, each one approximately 500 words long -- which equates to the length of a small book – and select 30 of what you believe are the best ones.
Most importantly – you cannot be a WRiTE CLUB contestant if you do this.
Additionally, we will be holding a pair of twitter-parties where all of the judges will be on twitter at the same time – making observations about some of the entries we’ve read so far. We’ll be doing this in an effort to raise interest in the contest and build excitement.
So, what do you say? Interested in helping shape how the competition plays out – without officially participating? If so, leave a comment below (be sure to include your email address), and I will be in touch by the end of the week.
Thank you in advance.