Remember the Book Title Generator/Flash Fiction contest? Which closed for entries last week? And which will enable one lucky entrant to end up with a lovely €/$50 Amazon voucher to spend through the computer of their choice?
Well, I don’t have a winner yet. So don’t get excited.
What I did get were some bloody great entries. Which worried me. Because it made me afraid that people might find the judging below par, and if that were the case, I might incur the Wrath Of The Internet when publishing the winner.
So with that in mind, I decided to shift some of the blame away. To wit, I am delighted to announce that I’ve recruited an estimable Guest Judge to oversee proceedings, cast the deciding vote on the shortlist, and lend a bit of class in general.
Said estimable Judge will remain anonymous, but I can declare right now that our Guest Judge is far better read than I, and would also be considered to be almost unreasonably fair and impartial in all dealings. (I have far too many opinions in company and therefore am considered impartial only by my father’s dog, and a taxi driver who drove me home in February.)
Consequently, any arguments with the judging will now incur the Wrath Of The Internet, rather than me. Which I think is far better all round.
I’m looking forward to publishing the winning entry – not to mention a few runners up, possibly – but suffice to say the quality was really high. I had hoped to laugh out loud a few times when reading entries but several entries required several guffaws each, which is no mean feat in 500 words. So, well done all.
News of the winner very soon (all entries were handed over in a brown envelope today). And the new, estimable, impartial and utterly respectable Judge’s word is final…