by Terri Wagner
This is a questioning post. I am a judge in several contest entries. Thank goodness I am not the only one. But I give each story a try. Trouble is sometimes the story seems well done, has a significant plot, and meets the criteria for a short story. However, I don't like it. It's not my cup of tea...would never read it in a million years. Can't stand the topic, blah blah blah.
I look at the other judges' comments AFTER I have read the story myself. I am always astonished to find that for the most part, I don't agree with the other judges. Most of the time I rate the story on how well it's done, whether it seems to match short story material. But I find a lot of other people just didn't like it, thought it was boring, blah blah blah (kudos to whoever made up that line, it's a great one).
So question: How do you judge a story? Your own or someone else's? Do you take into consideration what it is...series, stand alone, genre...or do you just think nope not interesting????