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.
- Tasty Treat – Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway
- The Barista’s Gift – Jessica Wilcox
- “Okay, Doomer.” – Your Textual Boyfriend
- Fair Trade – Marsha Adams
- I can’t bear lattes! – Kinky Katie
- The Lesson – the barefoot sub
- Another Word For Love – Elk Vilianni
- Circle of Betrayal – Mrs k
- What She Doesn’t Know – Stephanie Scissom
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.
This is the full result of the public vote:
|Author||Story title||Public vote||Public result|
|Stephanie Scissom||What She Doesn’t Know||17||10|
|Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway||Tasty Treat||14||9|
|Your Textual Boyfriend||“Okay, Doomer.”||13||8|
|MrsK||Circle of Betrayal||13||8|
|Kinky Katie||I can’t bear lattes!||12||7|
|Marsha Adams||Fair Trade||12||7|
|The barefoot sub||The Lesson||11||6|
|Elk Vilianni||Another Word For Love||7||5|
|Jessica Wilcox||The Barista’s Gift||6||4|
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 title||Jury 1||Jury 2||Jury 3||Jury result|
|Marsha Adams||Fair Trade||10||10||9||9,7|
|Stephanie Scissom||What She Doesn’t Know||10||10||8||9,3|
|Elk Vilianni||Another Word For Love||10||8||9||9,0|
|Kinky Katie||I can’t bear lattes!||9||8||9||8,7|
|MrsK||Circle of Betrayal||9||8||7||8,0|
|Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway||Tasty Treat||8||8||8||8,0|
|Jessica Wilcox||The Barista’s Gift||8||8||7||7,7|
|The barefoot sub||The Lesson||6||9||6||7,0|
|Your Textual Boyfriend||“Okay, Doomer.”||6||8||6||6,7|
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:
|Author||Story title||Jury result||Public result||Result round 5|
|Stephanie Scissom||What She Doesn’t Know||9,3||10||19,3|
|Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway||Tasty Treat||8,0||9||17,0|
|Marsha Adams||Fair Trade||9,7||7||16,7|
|MrsK||Circle of Betrayal||8,0||8||16,0|
|Kinky Katie||I can’t bear lattes!||8,7||7||15,7|
|Your Textual Boyfriend||“Okay, Doomer.”||6,7||8||14,7|
|Elk Vilianni||Another Word For Love||9,0||5||14,0|
|The barefoot sub||The Lesson||7,0||6||13,0|
|Jessica Wilcox||The Barista’s Gift||7,7||4||11,7|
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!
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.