Rob, Jez and myself are busy reading all of your submissions and I can definitely say that so far it’s been fun reading everyone’s take on their favourite Doctor. We’ve had some very traditional-like stories submitted as well as several that very much reflect the era of the Doctor that the story features.
While the three of us are busying ourselves with reading your stories, I thought I’d share some facts with you that you might find of interest.
As we’re reading each story we’re judging each story in ten specific areas. These are:
- First Paragraph – Does the first paragraph grab your attention and inspire you to want to read on and find out what happens?
- Theme – is there a theme and is it well used?
- Plot – is there a plot and is it a good standard?
- Character – are the characters fully utilized, well-drawn and believable?
- Originality/Uniqueness – how original and unique is the story?
- Language – does the writer make good use of language; is it flowing & descriptive or flat & dull?
- Writing Style – what is the overall writing style? Good, poor, weak, etc?
- Punctuation/Grammar/Spelling – has the writer used proper punctuation, used good grammar, and are words spelled correctly?
- Engagement – does the story engage the reader? Is it entertaining? Are you invested in the story or just bored silly?
- Overall Standard – overall quality and standard of the story.
Each story is being rated on a scale of 0-10 out of 10 in each category for an overall rating out of 100. We chose to go with this rating system as a tool to help us decide which stories will make the cut for publication.
We were very pleased by the number of submissions we received overall. Submissions came from all over the globe including:
- New Zealand
Of all of the submissions we received, the majority of the submissions came from male writers with a breakdown as follows:
All eleven Doctors were represented with Doctors 6, 4, 9 and 7 receiving the most submissions. A detailed breakdown of the percentage of submissions each Doctor received follows:
* NK = entries not known