Fiction Marathon 2022: Results Fifth Round (Semi-Finals)

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

The quality of the writing for the semi-finals was high, and the stories entertaining. All the writers deserve a place in the finals. However, rules are rules, as they say!

Some feedback has been given on the stories, and you can find those under the fifth round stories in the comments section.

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

The authors

1. Tommy, or Not-Tommy – Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway
2. Lessons for Survival – Kristen Haveman
3. The Sky Didn’t Fall Marsha Adams
4. Better Dead Than – Eric J Stover
5. Surprise Me – Elk Vilianni
6. Demons and Daddies – Caitlin Mazur
7. Opening Night Jitters – Bob Merckel
8. A Fatal Mistake – Stephanie Scissom
9. They Feed at Night – Jessica Wilcox
10. Eternity In Agony – Christopher Robin

Public vote

We kept track of all votes during the public voting round, and in total we received 43 legitimate votes. We are grateful for your support!

Winner of the public vote (tie): Better Dead Than by Eric J Stover and Opening Night Jitters by Bob Merckel

The result of the voting can be found below.

This is the full result of the public vote:

Jury vote

The jury members individually rate 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: Lessons for Survival by Kristen Haveman

The jury’s votes are as follows:

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: Lessons for Survival by Kristen Haveman

The overall results for round 5 are as follows:

Knocked out

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

  • Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway
  • Christopher Robin
  • Marsha Adams
  • Elk Vilianni
  • Jessica Wilcox

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 gave feedback on the stories.

The writers will be sent the final assignment later today and have until midnight London time on 7 October 2022 to send in their stories. The final public voting round opens on 10 October 2022.

Before you go, have a read of this – there are a couple of small prizes for the winner and runner-up of the 2022 Fiction Marathon…

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