2014 Contest Statistics

 

Judges’ Comments have been published on jaBlog! 

READ: Judging Poetry and Short Stories: It’s Easy and Not Easy

 

Overall Statistics – All Categories

Entries that made it to the first round of judging.

Entries that made it to the first round of judging.

Number of unique visitors to the poetry contest webpage during the 5 month submission period: 4,103

Total entries: 389

Percentage of unique visitors who actually entered the contest: 1%

Congrats to everyone who entered the poetry contest this year. I know that poetry is not easy to write, so I commend your effort. – Laura

Countries with most participants (see complete country list at bottom of page): USA, Australia, Canada, UK, India

Number of participating countries: 34

Number of participants who heard about the contest from a teacher: 71

Number of participants who heard about the contest from a friend or family member: 26

Participants by age:
9 years old – 8
10 years old – 10
11 years old – 12
12 years old – 37
13 years old – 46
14 years old – 37
15 years old – 46
16 years old – 66
17 years old – 55
18 years old – 22
19 years old – 22
20 years old – 12
21 years old – 16

 

Category 1

Total number of entries in Category 1 (ages 18 – 21): 72

Number of entries that made it to the second round of judging: 40

Of the entries that made it to the second round:
Free verse – 80%
Rhyming – 20%
Average length – 23.8 lines

Number of entries that made it to the finals: 14

Category 2

Total number of entries in Category 2 (ages 15 – 17): 167

Number of entries that made it to the second round of judging: 97

Of the entries that made it to the second round:
Free verse – 81%
Rhyming – 19%
Average length – 30.47 lines

Number of entries that made it to the finals: 29 

 

Category 3

Total number of entries in Category 3 (ages 12 – 14): 120

Number of entries that made it to the second round of judging: 56

Of the entries that made it to the second round:
Free verse – 58%
Rhyming – 42%
Average length – 29.5 lines

Number of entries that made it to the finals: 25 

 

Category 4

Total number of entries in Category 4 (ages 9 – 11): 30

Number of entries that made it to the second round of judging: 18

Of the entries that made it to the second round:
Free verse – 55%
Rhyming – 45%
Average length – 22.2 lines

Number of entries that made it to the finals: 9 

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Participating Countries 2014

Top Participating Countries:
USA – 137
Australia – 73
Canada – 42
United Kingdom – 39
India – 27

Countries with 11 – 20 entries:
0

Countries with 5 – 10 entries:
Malaysia
Pakistan
Philippines
Singapore

Countries with 4 or fewer entries:
Bulgaria
France
Guyana
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Ireland
Jamaica
Korea
Kuwait
Macedonia
Mexico
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Nigeria
Peru
Serbia
Slovakia
South Africa
Switzerland
Taiwan
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Vietnam
Zimbabwe

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17 comments on “2014 Contest Statistics

  1. Hana Buss

    How do you know if you made it in the finals? Do you get a letter of an email of some sort?

    • Hi Hana. The names of the finalists will be published on the 2014 Winners page on January 30th.

  2. Pm

    Happy New Year, Laura and all her dear Associates…. :) :)

  3. Enna

    Seems that as writers grow older, they rhyme less.

    • Hi Enna. I’m not sure we can say that’s a fact, but it is the trend in this year’s contest. I have not yet finished the 15-17 stats, but should soon.

  4. Emma

    How would I know if my poem has made it to the second round of judging? Would there be an e-mail?

    • Hi Emma. I do not announce the second round results, only the finalists and higher. The finalists will be announced on January 30th and the winners in February. Once the winners have been announced, I will be sending out the feedback emails to those who have paid for that option. In that feedback email, I let the writer know how far his/her poem made it through the judging rounds.

  5. Audrey Corno

    Dear Ms. Thomas,
    Is there any way to find out if you were even accepted into the competition other than buying the feedback option?

  6. Jaye

    In the email saying the judging is underway, it also says that those who purchased the feedback option would be notified who will continue in further rounds of judging. Does this mean that those who did not buy the feedback will not be notified what their work scored? Or may have I misinterpreted the information?

    • Hi Jaye. No. It means that only those who paid for the feedback option will receive information (in March when the feedback emails are sent out) about how far their entry went in the judging process. Those who did not purchase feedback will not receive a feedback email in March and therefore will not know their score or how far their entry went in the judging process. The only public results that I publish are the finalists and prize winners. Does that help?

      • Jaye

        Yes Thankyou. So if someone who does not purchase the feedback option but still wins in the top three they will still be notified? Is that correct? :)

        • Hi Jaye. Yes. I contact finalists and prize winners. That has nothing do to with the feedback option.

  7. josh

    I’m really surprised there’s so little contestants compared to last year. Do these statistics include entries that were disqualified?

    • Hi Josh. No, that is the total number of entries this year, including any that were disqualified for not following the rules. Remember the contest was new last year so I think there were lots of young writers who probably had a poem ready to submit. Now that were in the second year it means writing something new. Not everyone has time and poetry is tough to write. From a judging point of view, this year is a big relief! :-)

      • Joshua Ericson

        Hahaha, well I guess looking at it from that perspective it is a good thing. I still hope it grows again next year.

        • Not by too much though…when we start getting over 500+ I think I need to start charging an entry fee. The workload gets astronomical very quickly. You know too well, I’m sure, that reading takes time…and there are no short cuts.

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