A quick skim of the contest over at Gather.com didn't reveal how many entries they'd take, so maybe it will be a manageable number. On the other hand Sobol got 1000 and those folks coughed up $85. Here, there's no entry fee, and Miss Snark isn't hurling invective. Imagine they get 3000 entries. Who the F is going to read all 3000 FIRST chapters (2-10 thousand words no less!!)??
All these contests ignore the pretty solid evidence of the slush pile: there's a lot of crap writing out there and agents have figured out what they need to do to get past the chaff quickly. Yes there are good books we miss, and certainly good books we can't sell, but THIS contest isn't set up to find them either.
I'm going to be very interested to see how the voting works. Do you just say "yes this is good" or "no this is crap". Go back and look at the Crapometer entries to see if that standard works.
This is a subjective business. Slush pile survival is not a democracy.
And if you think the president of Touchstone is reading any of these, you're sorely mistaken. Myopianna the intern will be at her desk from dusk to dawn taking care of that little chore.
several of you sent me the link to this circus, (thank you!)
but my favorite email was:
"Good morning, Miss Snark.
I’m feeling alone and need a mob to join.
Any thoughts on this contest?