I would like to invite you all to visit the homepage of the Horror Board Short Story Contest. Voting opened yesterday, which means a new crop of stories is available to read, ponder, and critique.
I would really appreciate it if you guys could try to post some feedback to these writers. It feels like the contest is near mutiny because apparently, when I asked for feedback from the participants every step of the way in the contest, no one realized I asked them to point out any potential problems. Now I have people complaining that they don't like the site design, and they think I must be stupid to list the screen name of the writer, and why only 10 days to vote (already upped from a week, mind you, from some earlier feedback from people willing to put some effort into this), and why those prizes when DVDs would be more desirable, etc., etc., etc.
It comes down to this: I'm trying to fulfill my promise to these people that the contest will be as fair as possible. I'm inviting basically everyone I know to go submit feedback and vote on these stories. Even that's never going to be enough for some of these users.
Now I understand why the last organizer left IMDB for greener pastures…