Voting Pulled – Note from Tomek Dzido


2013 STORGY Short Story Competition

Note from STORGY founder, Tomek Dzido


Dear All,

Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that voting was manipulated and consequent irregularities are evident in the data and statistics I have analysed upon closure of the deadline. Now, quite clearly, I am extremely disappointed in this. I had hoped that any potential to vote more than once would not be possible, and if so, would not be realised out of respect from one writer to another – and among readers – but clearly this was not the case.

I do not feel comfortable awarding any form of a final prize when considerable questions exist regarding the fairness of how the winner was identified. I realise that this may not be the fault of all writers and/or readers, but the final results are not representative of a fair and just selection process.

I take full responsibility for not identifying any such faults in the software prior to the voting and until I can identify software which does not cater for duplicitous activity, a winner will not be announced.

I apologise to all the writers who submitted and all the readers who participated in reading the stories and supporting the competition, however, a competition which does not award its prizes to the most deserving entrant is not a competition I wish STORGY, or myself, to be associated with.

I will update on this matter once I have further news.

Kindest Regards,


Founder, STORGY