The third round was all about arguments and dialogue. The goal of the assignment was for writers to tell their stories using 50% dialogue, and they all succeeded. These first three rounds had some strict restrictions, but the next will give the writers more freedom, and of course we are looking forward to those stories!
You can find the feedback for the third round stories in the comments section of the third voting round.
Without further ado here are the results of the third round…
- The last Walk – Susie Mace
- We’ve been over this – Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway
- Wayward Son – Stephanie Scissom
- We Never Argue – Toolie
- Celebrating New Beginnings – The Barefoot Sub
- Anima Rising – Elk Vilianni
- A Tight Fit – Mrs K
- Late for Brunch – Steeled Snake Charmer
- Where are they? – Jenn Hatfield
- The Inevitable Crescendo – Kinky Katie
- The Shark Bait – Carolyna Luna
- I’ve made worse investments – Your Textual Boyfriend
- Mistaken Identity – Cal
- The Creation – Jessica Wilcox
- Stop Digging – Marsha Adams
We kept track of all votes during the public voting round, and in total 37 legitimate votes have been received. We are grateful for your support!
Winner of the public vote: Wayward Son 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 votes||Public result|
|Stephanie Scissom||Wayward Son||14||10|
|Jessica Wilcox||The Creation||13||9|
|Marsha Adams||Stop Digging||11||8|
|MrsK||A Tight Fit||10||7|
|The barefoot sub||Celebrating New Beginnings||9||6|
|Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway||We’ve been over this||9||6|
|Elk Vilianni||Anima Rising||8||5|
|Carolyna Luna||The Shark Bait||6||4|
|Kinky Katie||The Inevitable Crescendo||6||4|
|Your Textual Boyfriend||I’ve made worse investments||6||4|
|Steeled Snake Charmer||Late for Brunch||5||3|
|Toolie||We Never Argue||4||2|
|Jenn Hatfield||Where are they?||4||2|
|Susie Mace||The Last Walk||2||1|
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: Stop Digging by Marsha Adams
The jury’s votes are as follows:
|Author||Story title||Jury 1||Jury 2||Jury 3||Jury result|
|Marsha Adams||Stop Digging||9||10||8||9,0|
|Jessica Wilcox||The Creation||8||7||10||8,3|
|MrsK||A Tight Fit||6||10||8||8,0|
|Carolyna Luna||The Shark Bait||10||8||6||8,0|
|Kinky Katie||The Inevitable Crescendo||8||8||8||8,0|
|Elk Vilianni||Anima Rising||9||7||7||7,7|
|Your Textual Boyfriend||I’ve made worse investments||7||9||7||7,7|
|The barefoot sub||Celebrating New Beginnings||7||7||8||7,3|
|Stephanie Scissom||Wayward Son||7||9||6||7,3|
|Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway||We’ve been over this||6||7||9||7,3|
|Steeled Snake Charmer||Late for Brunch||8||8||6||7,3|
|Jenn Hatfield||Where are they?||7||8||7||7,3|
|Toolie||We Never Argue||7||8||6||7,0|
|Susie Mace||The Last Walk||5||6||5||5,3|
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 third round is a tie between: The Creation by Jessica Wilcox and Wayward Son by Stephanie Scissom
The overall results for round 3 are as follows:
|Author||Story title||Jury result||Public result||Result round 3|
|Jessica Wilcox||The Creation||8,3||9||17,3|
|Stephanie Scissom||Wayward Son||7,3||10||17,3|
|Marsha Adams||Stop Digging||9,0||8||17,0|
|MrsK||A Tight Fit||8,0||7||15,0|
|The barefoot sub||Celebrating New Beginnings||7,3||6||13,3|
|Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway||We’ve been over this||7,3||6||13,3|
|Elk Vilianni||Anima Rising||7,7||5||12,7|
|Carolyna Luna||The Shark Bait||8,0||4||12,0|
|Kinky Katie||The Inevitable Crescendo||8,0||4||12,0|
|Your Textual Boyfriend||I’ve made worse investments||7,7||4||11,7|
|Steeled Snake Charmer||Late for Brunch||7,3||3||10,3|
|Jenn Hatfield||Where are they?||7,3||2||9,3|
|Toolie||We Never Argue||7,0||2||9,0|
|Susie Mace||The Last Walk||5,3||1||6,3|
Rankings after third round
We work with rankings from the first to the fourth round, where writers accumulate points from the jury and public votes. Those at the bottom of the rankings will be knocked out in the rounds where it’s applicable.
In the table below you find the rankings after three rounds.
|Ranking||Previous rank||Author||Result round 1||Result round 2||Result round 3||Total|
|7||9||Your Textual Boyfriend||9,3||14,7||11,7||35,7|
|10||16||The barefoot sub||9,3||9,3||13,3||32,0|
|13||19||Steeled Snake Charmer||5,0||9,0||10,3||24,3|
All writers go through to the fourth round, as is stated in the marathon rules. At the end of round 4 there will be knockouts, as round 5 has only 10 writers.
As said earlier, the accumulating of points only happens until round 4. In round 5 the slates are wiped clean, and all writers that remain in the competition, will be on equal footing.
Thank you to everyone who has written for this round and thank you to all the voters who have taken the time to read the entries, to vote and for those who have given feedback. A special thanks to the jury members for their hard work!
The writers will be sent the fourth assignment later today and have until midnight London time on 30 July 2021 to send in their stories. The next public voting round opens on 7 August 2021.