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Originally posted by AccessDenied
so you are assuming that stories are judged by the member, and not their story?
All manuscripts should be screened and judged anonymously by readers who should recuse themselves from considering work by someone with whom they have a strong, personal relationship. This gets to the heart of the debate over fairness. First, I don’t believe having readers or judges sign an ethics statement, as some have suggested, will help. Unscrupulous judges will bend the truth whether they sign an oath or not. Contest sponsors, however, can prevent judges from handpicking students or friends. Like most contests, the Arts & Letters competition begins with an anonymous screening process of initial readings by our editorial staff. This establishes a firewall against judges who might try to preselect manuscripts from hundreds of submissions. Final judges should have no idea who the finalists will be.
To insure anonymous judging, take your name OFF of your manuscript before uploading it to this site. (The file name will be unviewable by judges, but the file itself will be read -- so, your file name may contain your name, but not the text within the file.)
All submissions go through an initial screening process, where they are labeled with an anonymous identifier code and are checked for compliance with Competition rules.