BFM 2021: Results fifth round (semi-finals)

After the fourth round all slates were wiped clean. Writers are not accumulating points any more, but of the nine writers who sent in their stories for the fifth round – the semi-finals – only five will go through to the finals.

The stories for the fifth round – where the writers had to write about a barista and a talisman – were entertaining and well written. All of those writers deserve to go through to the final round, but only five will be allowed. Check out the feedback given on these stories, in the comments section, at the bottom of the voting post.

Before we announce our finalists, let’s look at the results of the fifth voting round.

The authors

  1. Tasty Treat – Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway
  2. The Barista’s Gift – Jessica Wilcox
  3. “Okay, Doomer.” – Your Textual Boyfriend
  4. Fair Trade – Marsha Adams
  5. I can’t bear lattes! – Kinky Katie
  6. The Lesson – the barefoot sub
  7. Another Word For Love – Elk Vilianni
  8. Circle of Betrayal – Mrs k
  9. What She Doesn’t Know – Stephanie Scissom

Public vote

We kept track of all votes during the public voting round, and in total 35 legitimate votes have been received. We are grateful for your support!

Winner of the public vote: What She Doesn’t Know by Stephanie Scissom

The result of the voting can be found below.

Results of the semi-final public voting round

This is the full result of the public vote:

Author Story titlePublic votePublic result
Stephanie ScissomWhat She Doesn’t Know1710
Lyndsey Ellis-HollowayTasty Treat149
Your Textual Boyfriend“Okay, Doomer.”138
MrsKCircle of Betrayal138
Kinky KatieI can’t bear lattes!  127
Marsha AdamsFair Trade127
The barefoot subThe Lesson116
Elk VilianniAnother Word For Love 75
Jessica WilcoxThe Barista’s Gift64

Jury vote

We have four jury members, and each of them individually rates all the stories from 1 to 10. The average of the highest three jury scores is the jury result for the writer.

Winner of the jury vote: Fair Trade by Marsha Adams

The jury’s votes are as follows:

Author Story titleJury 1Jury 2Jury 3Jury result
Marsha AdamsFair Trade101099,7
Stephanie ScissomWhat She Doesn’t Know101089,3
Elk VilianniAnother Word For Love 10899,0
Kinky KatieI can’t bear lattes!  9898,7
MrsKCircle of Betrayal9878,0
Lyndsey Ellis-HollowayTasty Treat8888,0
Jessica WilcoxThe Barista’s Gift8877,7
The barefoot subThe Lesson6967,0
Your Textual Boyfriend“Okay, Doomer.”6866,7

Overall results

The public votes and that of the jury are added up to get to the end result for the round.

The overall winner of the semi-final round is: What She Doesn‘t Know by Stephanie Scissom

The overall results for round 5 are as follows:

AuthorStory titleJury resultPublic resultResult round 5
Stephanie ScissomWhat She Doesn’t Know9,31019,3
Lyndsey Ellis-HollowayTasty Treat8,0917,0
Marsha AdamsFair Trade9,7716,7
MrsKCircle of Betrayal8,0816,0
Kinky KatieI can’t bear lattes!  8,7715,7
Your Textual Boyfriend“Okay, Doomer.”6,7814,7
Elk VilianniAnother Word For Love 9,0514,0
The barefoot subThe Lesson7,0613,0
Jessica WilcoxThe Barista’s Gift7,7411,7

Knocked out

As only five writers are allowed in the final round, it means we have to say goodbye to four writers. From the above table of the overall results, you can see that the following writers are knocked out:

  • Jessica Wilcox
  • The barefoot sub
  • Elk Vilianni
  • Your Textual Boyfriend

It’s always sad to see writers knocked out, even though this is the nature of this competition. Thank you for your stories, and for your support for our project, and we hope you will cheer on the remaining five writers in the final round.

And of course, congratulations to our finalists!

Next round

Thank you to both the writers and the readers for your support in the semi-final round of the Blogable Fiction Marathon. A special thanks to the jury for their hard work, and for those who have given feedback on the stories.

The writers will be sent the final assignment later today and have until midnight London time on 8 October 2021 to send in their stories. The next public voting round opens on 13 October 2021.

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