Though we do not have any strict judging criteria (these are vignettes, after all, and do not follow standard rules), we looked for originality, sound spelling and grammar, and the 'it' factor. The 'it' factor basically means you impressed us, and that if we had the resources to publish all the manuscripts on this list, we would.
Each Quarter-Finalist will be contacted for their postal address and mailed an award certificate at the end of the entire judging period (April 30).
Without further ado, here are the Quarter-Finalists in no particular order:
- Not a Place on Any Map, by Alexis Paige
- Fountain of Youth, by Nada Faris
- But This is America, by Linda Lowe
- The Word Manhattan is a Woman, by Sara Sams
- That Shape of the Liquid the Body Can Displace, by Nancy Devine
- Benign Positional Vertigo, by Wes Lee
- My Graveyard Shift, by Dylan Debelis
On April 30, we will announce the Semi-Finalists: our 2nd and 3rd choices; and our 1st choice, the Grand Finalist.
Each of the Quarter-Finalists will be re-evaluated by the Publisher, Jessica Bell, the Senior Editor, Dawn Ius, and the guest judge, Meg Johnson, who was last year's Grand Finalist. Each judge will then vote on the manuscripts in order of preference.
With 3 judges, the highest score a manuscript can receive is 3, if each judge puts it first on their list. As there are seven manuscripts, the lowest score a manuscript can get is 21. After voting is complete, the three manuscripts with the highest combined scores will consist of one Grand Finalist and two Semi-Finalists. Jessica Bell, who is also the Publisher of Vine Leaves Press, will also consider publishing the two Semi-Finalists, though this is not guaranteed.
Each Semi-Finalist will be contacted for their postal address and mailed an award certificate at the end of the judging period.
The Grand Finalist will be mailed an award certificate and awarded $650 (AUD) + Publication in late 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 paperback copies (more details HERE).
We'd like to thank all who submitted their manuscripts to the award and wish everyone the best of luck with their writing.
Submissions for the 2016 vignette collection award will open on June 1, 2015.