Faith wrote:Has FW ever considered having two separate challenge contests each week? One for poetry and one for prose?
Hi Faith. I'm so sorry I'm only seeing this now.
Actually, that suggestion has been brought up many times, but it's not really necessary. Each entry is judged on its own merits using the rating categories. So every entry has as much opportunity to win, regardless of the genre.
But apart from that, the logistics of trying to work two Challenges in this way would be a headache.
I can really confirm that the judges are just looking for fresh, creative, well written material for those top spots. Whether it's poetry or prose doesn't come into it.
For 2011, regardless of your genre, think fresh
. When a fresh angle appears in the list, the judges get quite excited. When it's well written, with a great start and ending, then they are almost beside themselves with joy.
The Challenge has to stretch you (which is why it's a challenge). So if you find you're sort of cruising along, writing much the same way you always do, use this year to experiment and try new things.