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    June 08, 2006


    Kathy Fish

    Dan, is there any way you could read the submissions blind? That way, you wouldn't know who were members and non-members and couldn't be accused of bias.

    I just think even non-members would want to know their stories were chosen on the basis of quality alone.

    Just a thought.

    Dan Wickett

    Being a novice at this Kathy, I couldn't think of a way upfront without having somebody else involved - and the EWN is still a one-person venture.

    I do believe as entries are coming in now that the twenty stories being sent to Charles will all be excellent stories and that the top few stories both from EWN members and non-members will be of a quality level that they'd have been in the 10 stories from the other category.

    If somebody with more contest experience can pass along the means of doing such a blind reading without dragging more people into the process, I can incorporate it into next year's contest.

    Kathy Fish

    Yes, I think blind reading does, by necessity, involve an administrative person, aside from the reader or readers, to track submissions and separate them from the writers' information.

    Well, best of luck with the contest, Dan.


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