As the final hours to the deadline approach on our call for writers, and the last of the submissions trickle in we are beginning to make our decisions. Thanks a lot for not making it easy, people!
With an absolutely remarkable 35 submissions sent in, what strikes me most is the strength and originality in almost every article. I had imagined that I'd sort through a dozen or so pieces with only a few showing any real promise. Instead I get a metric ton of outstanding prose, with at least a third, and probably more, clearly up to the standards we have set for the site. It is almost painful thinking about the outstanding writers we will have to pass on in just choosing the final two. Were we to judge on writing ability alone we'd have eleven new writers next week, so how we will trim that down is a terrifying and thrilling prospect to me.
Even more remarkable is that I did not receive a single article that I would consider poor. That, more than anything else, absolutely shocked me. You people are a talented lot, and I thank you for the opportunity to enjoy your thoughts and perspectives. It was, I assure you, excellent reading.
We are planning to announce the winners this Thursday.