A Snarkling seizes on one of Miss Snark's snarks and asks:
" I don't have much respect for contests mostly cause I've judged a bunch and I hear what my fellow judges have done or said (think snakepit and you won't be far wrong)." Miss Snark, I'd love to see you elaborate on this to the extent you feel comfortable doing so. Pretty please with gin on it.
"oh I just looked them over on the plane trip coming out" or
"they're all pretty much the same so I just chose randomly" or
"they're mostly first person present tense so I chose the one that wasn't"
Two of the three are comments I heard during my last conference.
From second hand sources, i.e. people talking about contests on panels I've been on:
"I got all the entries too late to read any of them"
"I let my intern read them, I was busy"
"I picked the worst one just to give him/her a shot"
Not pretty is it?