Friday, June 1, 2018

Query Kombat 2018 Round 1 Begins!

Get that thick skin in place because here we go! 
Round 1

There are 10 matchups here on my blog. Hop on over to Mike's and Michelle's blogs to see the rest of the matchups and entries! They are spread all over the place. Some here, some there. We've got a little bit of everything: Adult, YA, and MG! This round lasts until June 4th at 8 pm.

On the last day the hosts may call out for extra judges to come and break ties, or in case of extra close votes to try and get a more decisive margin. In the event a tie remains, the blog host will provide the tie breaker.

The entry with the most votes for Victory moves forward to the agent round on June 7th! Kombatants will have a chance to revise at that time. (Hurry, because you won't have much time to revise.) Hosts will also pick one eliminated entry to "save" that will be featured in the agent round, but not move ahead to Round 2.

Winning entries must be revised and returned to QueryKombat (at) gmail (dot) com by Wednesday, June 6th at 8:00 AM Eastern. Follow the exact same format as you did when you originally submitted to the contest. If you don't submit a revised entry by 8 AM, we'll post the original in the agent round.

Now before we begin:
Read this post again to remind yourselves of the rules and guidelines of commenting and judging. Keep your comments professional and polite. Be advised: comment moderation is on, so your comments will not show up until approved. This may take some time as my kids are now officially on Summer Break and they need food and water and stuff. I thought about letting them go feral during Query Kombat but decided against it. :0)

Reminders for the Entrants:

You may comment on your own entries after voting has ended to offer thanks or congrats. Do not otherwise respond to or explain feedback. If there is a problem with your entry, shout out to me on twitter as soon as you can. (@Kara_Reynolds7) If you don't have Twitter, you may comment on your entry telling us the mistake. Also, we tried our hardest to make the matchups as fair as possible and against as similar stories as possible. But, obviously, this is impossible to do perfectly and some matchups may seen very random. We apologize for this but it's an evil of the system.

Kombatants should comment on 6 other matchups to help share the love around! Kombatants do not cast votes. Please do not comment until after the blog host leaves a comment for the judge votes.

Reminders for the Judges:

Wait until after one of us hosts comments on each entry first and reply to that comment to cast your votes. Try making your votes objective instead of subjective (but if you really love an entry subjectively, don't even feel bad about saying it was a subjective vote - subjectivity rules!). Be sure to point out the good as well as what needs work. Post under your nicknames! Comment moderation is on, so your comments will not show up right away. If you accidentally post under your real name, send Kara a DM or email the Query Kombat address and let us know. We can fix it! (Note: It's wise to make a copy of your feedback and save it before posting as sometimes the blog eats a comment.) And judges: seriously, thank you for doing this. It's a very tough job and isn't for the faint hearted.

Reminders for Everyone:

Try not to comment until after one of us hosts have made the first comment, then go ahead and offer your feedback. We ask everyone who entered Query Kombat to leave at least one comment.

NOW THE FUN BEGINS!!! GO GO GO!!! We'll be tweeting under #QueryKombat!

And may the odds be ever in your favor!

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