“I declare open the Games of the 1st Winter Ficlympiad.”
And with that, the Winter 2014 Ficlympics are underway. Let’s have some fun!
There will be four events, each lasting one week, on the themes of Genres, Limitations, Inspiration, and Literary Devices. Each event consists of three challenges, all of which are issued at the start of the event and which last the length of the event.
I’ve had a number of volunteers for judges and I will select a core set of five judges for each event. These people must judge. However, anyone who is so inclined may also judge. Simply note me with your intention to judge and I will include your scores as well. I would like to see judging completed no later than two days after the event completes (but I can’t control that). Judges will submit their scores to me by note.
Judges will wait until the event closes before scoring the entries. Each entry will be scored between 0.0 and 5.0 for technical merit and between 0.0 and 5.0 for artistic impression. These scores will be added together to provide a score for the entry (between 0.0 and 10.0). All of the scores for an entry will be averaged to produce the entry’s official score. An authlete’s scores from all three challenges in an event will be added to determine the authlete’s ranking (it’s important to complete all three challenges) and the top three rankings will be awarded gold, silver, and bronze.
The rankings from all four events will be added together to produce the aggregate score and the person with the highest aggregate ranking will be awarded platinum.
As a guideline for scoring, I would expect that any competently written story would score somewhere between 3.5 and 5.0 for each of technical merit and artistic impression. I leave it to the judges discretion as to how to interpret the terms “artistic impression” and “technical merit.” We could discuss that in the comments below.
There is a choice of prize for each award. The winner may elect to receive from me a handmade pen (I haven’t had the chance to make them yet as life is getting in the way.) or may elect to be satisfied with bragging rights. (In order to receive a pen, you will have to note me with your mailing address which I promise to not use nefariously.)
Nothing special here. Simply write an entry for the challenges in the event(s) that interest(s) you within the allotted time limit. You are limited to a single entry to be scored for each challenge. You may write as many entries as you want but only the one of your choice will be scored. If you’re a judge and have entered a challenge that you’re judging, abstain from submitting a score for your entry.