Fiction Marathon 2022: Third Round Results

Can you believe we are already in the middle of the 2022 edition of the Fiction Marathon? Only three more rounds to go, and we will know who the winner is! Thankfully we are not stuck in a lift, so let’s get on with the results for the third round of the marathon!

Just to recap: once the third writing round closed, all stories were sent to the judges – anonymized – and the public voting round opened.

During the public voting round, feedback was left on the stories, which you can find at the bottom of the third voting round post.

A tip on reading the feedback: not all feedback will be good, and you might feel negative emotions when you read it. Don’t. It’s been given to help you, to give you tips to improve your writing. It’s up to you whether you do anything with the feedback, or just ignore it, but never feel discouraged when you read it. Turn it into something positive, and ace your next assignment!

Let’s get on to the official part of the 2022 third round results.

The authors

  1.  Tell me a Story – Christopher Robin
  2.  I Spy – The Barefoot Sub
  3. The Connoisseur – Elk Vilianni
  4. Love and JusticeKristen Haveman
  5. One Elongated Ride Up – Eric J Stover
  6. Big Talker – Caitlin Mazur
  7. Breaking the Ice – Hardison Parker
  8. She Needed Closure – Alexander Gibbons
  9. Lessons Learned Between Floors – My Naughty Ideas
  10. Destination Tenth Floor – Alex Irvine
  11.  PTSD? MaybeRose Shavelle
  12.  P’s not for Parking – Bob Merckel
  13.  Faith, Trope, and Clarity – Marsha Adams
  14.  Miracle Between Floors – J. Sharland Day
  15.  Excuse Me Ma’am – Kelly Cathy
  16.  Charming People – August Wright
  17.  Long Time Coming – Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway
  18.  Elevator Cute Meet – David Mei
  19.  Hold On – Stephanie Scissom
  20.  Supplements for a Corpse Marcello Spektor
  21.  Running Late – Steeled Snake Charmer
  22.  The Elevator Tale – Gerad Carrier
  23.  Special Assignment – Valerie Kittell
  24.  Help When Least Expected – Jessica Wilcox

Public vote

We kept track of all votes during the public voting round, and in total 54 legitimate votes have been received. We are amazed by and grateful for your support!

Winner of the public vote: Hold On by Stephanie Scissom

The result of the voting can be found below.

This is the full result of the public vote:

Jury vote

Each jury member sends in their votes individually. The lowest score is removed, and the average of the three remaining scores is the jury result.

Winner of the jury vote: Hold On by Stephanie Scissom

The jury’s votes are as follows:

Overall results for second round

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 Hold On by Stephanie Scissom

The overall results for round 3 are as follows:

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.

Knocked out

As is stated in the marathon rules, only 20 writers go through to round 4 of the competition. This means we have to say goodbye to four writers. They are:

  • Alex Irvine
  • David Mei
  • Gerad Carrier
  • My Naughty Ideas

Many thank for your participation and entertaining us with your stories!

As said above, 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.

Next round

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 third assignment later today and have until midnight London time on 29 July 2022 to send in their stories. The next public voting round opens on 1 August 2022.

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