I don’t mind not winning. I didn’t expect to. But I didn’t need the slap in the face, either.

“…I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a judging process where all the judges read all the work, or where the best work was so unequivocally the best.” That’s what one of the contest judges said.

Well, I guess that told us. He could just as easily have said judging was hard because so many stories were so good, and made us feel respected instead of insulted.

It didn’t sound like there was much of a contest. They must have all happened upon…