Though we do not have any strict judging criteria (these are vignettes, after all, and do not follow standard rules), we look for originality, sound spelling and grammar, and the 'it' factor. The 'it' factor basically means you 'wowed' us, and that if we had the resources to publish all the manuscripts on this list, we would.
- The quarter-finalists will be announced by the end of March.
- Each quarter-finalist will be mailed an award certificate at the end of the entire judging period.
Just say, hypothetically, that there are ten quarter-finalists. With six judges, the highest score a manuscript could get is 6 if each judge put it first on their list. The lowest score a manuscript could get is 60. After voting is complete, the three manuscripts with the highest combined scores will be our semi-finalists.
- The semi-finalists will be announced by the end of April.
- Each semi-finalist will be mailed an award certificate at the end of the entire judging period. Their manuscripts will also be considered for publication through Vine Leaves Press.
Jessica Bell, the Publishing Editor of the journal, and founder/owner of Vine Leaves Press, will re-evaluate the three semi-finalists, with the assistance of the guest judge, Dan Holloway, and decide on the manuscript that will receive the grand prize.
WE'D LIKE TO THANK ALL WHO SUBMITTED THEIR MANUSCRIPTS TO THE AWARD. THE STANDARD OF WRITING HAS BEEN SPECTACULAR AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE WILL BE RUNNING THIS AWARD ANNUALLY. SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2015 VIGNETTE COLLECTION AWARD WILL OPEN ON JUNE 1, 2014.