This is where I'll explain our (Beldaran's and mine) rating system for the short story contest - and this is also where we'll post our results as soon as we've read everything. By now we all know judging will begin October 21st. Due to RL keeping us busy we'll need at least a month to read your stories, so you can expect the final results around the end of November. We will take closer looks on: - The originality of the magic system and how well it's integrated into the plot. - The depth of the story, or simply how intriguing story and/or end is/are. - Character depth: Although these are just short stories we think the limit of 5000 words will give you enough space for character depth. Or, well, they should at least be believable. >_> - Writing style: As S.J. mentioned in the original thread we're not to judge grammar and spelling errors, but if the differences considering English skills aren't that big between the contestants we'll also include the use of language; rhetorical figures and all that. For each aspect you can get up to 10 points. Bel and I will first rate your stories separately, then compare and discuss our results until we've come to an agreement. Depending on how much time we have left we'll write more or less detailed commentaries on what we liked and what didn't work out as well for each of the contestants.