Our judging has revealed... that none of our judges can agree. If I could, I would show you a spread of the judging to prove to you how a group of similarly minded people can reach utterly opposite conclusions. If the votes weren’t scattered enough already, I decided to cast a few myself. And then of course I had to conscript a tie-breaker judge at last second to fix that (thank you Ben Snodgrass!).
Final Round: Judged by Readers on Twitter.
The most unscientific segment of this contest pitted well networked twitter veterans against writers who had just created their twitter accounts to vote in the contest (and yes, voting by the author was allowed and encouraged).
Stats per Finalist (as of April 4):
Mark Connors: 2 finalist entries; 1058 followers, 515 tweets.
S. Kay: 1 finalist entry; 518 followers, 726 tweets.
Daniel Galef: 4 finalist entries; 71 follwers; 67 tweets.
Clyde Liffey with 1 finalist entry: 2 followers, 1 tweet.
Then, just when everyone was getting confused on how to make their audience choice count, the Twitter Fiction Festival rolled into town. And of course a tale of ours was 1 of 3 very short stories selected to be read at the festival's kickoff event in NYC. We celebrated, S. Kay, the author of the festival selection, celebrated (by taking another selfie), and everything got crazier. We can't confirm or deny the assertion that S. Kay's finalist story received a boost from the attention she got for the different (yet somewhat similar) story that was read at the festival. But if it did affect S. Kay's contest chances, her hard work was the sole culprit.
Considering all of this data, the final results still held some surprises.
Oh well. Always a finalist, never a bride. I mean a winner." - Daniel Galef
Editor's Choice: Daniel Galef
Honorable Mention: Fanni Sütő
Thank you for participating in Confettifall's most unscientific and fun contest to date!
~ Trent Isaac, Editor
To read the stories that were awarded, see the posts directly following this one, or click on the place the contestant was awarded.