Voting Pulled – Note from Tomek Dzido

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2013 STORGY Short Story Competition

Note from STORGY founder, Tomek Dzido

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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,

Tomek

Founder, STORGY

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