2013 Contest Statistics

 

During the 2013 contest submission time (which ran from January 1 to June 30) 35,000 unique visitors checked out the contest webpage. Of those 35,000 visitors, only your group of about 1,843 actually went from thinking about submitting a story  to actually submitting one. That’s only 5.3 %. The number is an estimate, but you know what I mean. Congrats to all of you for doing the work and meeting the deadline. – Laura

TOTAL NUMBER OF COUNTRIES: 67
TOTAL ENTRIES:  1,843
TOTAL FINALISTS: 132
TOTAL ENTRIES by CATEGORY

Category 1 (ages 18 to 21): 300
Category 2 (age 15 to 17): 723
Category 3 (ages 12 to 14): 569
Category 4 (ages 9 – 11): 251

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FUN FACT #1: If I put all the pages of your stories end to end they would stretch for 1.12 miles or 1.8 km.

The 2013 short stories stacked up in their respective categories.
The 2013 short stories stacked up in their respective categories.

FUN FACT #2: Here are some of the most popular titles…

“Caged” x 3
“Home” x 3
“I Love You” x 4
“Home Sweet Home” x 3
“Hope” x 6
“Letting Go” x 6
“Lost” x 3
“Memories” x 4
“Regret(s)” x 4
“The End” x 3
“Writer’s Block” x 3

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: 67 Total

United States – 642 ENTRIES
Canada – 379
United Kingdom – 235
Australia – 209
India – 97
Pakistan – 33
Philippines – 25
Malaysia – 19
South Africa – 19
Indonesia – 18
Ireland – 18
Hong Kong – 16
Nigeria – 14
Singapore – 13

COUNTRIES WITH 3 to 10 ENTRIES

Romania
Switzerland
Netherlands
Bangladesh
United Arab Emirates
China
Sri Lanka
France
Northern Ireland
Taiwan
Korea
Italy
Kenya
Japan
Vietnam

COUNTRIES WITH 1 OR 2 ENTRIES ONLY

Armenia
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
Ethiopia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Grand Bahama
Greece
Holland
Hungary
Israel
Jamaica
Jordan
Latvia
Luxembourg
Mexico
Nepal
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Papua New Guinea
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Slovakia
Sudan
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Ukraine
Zimbabwe

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26 comments on “2013 Contest Statistics

  1. Bee

    Hi Laura,
    Would you consider it a disadvantage to those who chose the same titles as others, or does it not matter as long as it is the ideal title for your story?
    Thank you.

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Bee. The main thing is that your title fits your story like a glove, not like a potatoe sack.

  2. Jasmin Francisco

    …hi Laura i just want to ask if i could buy for the short story of my daughter Darla Francisco the Title of the story is Natalya. i really cant believe she one of the finalist because she didnt told us about. we’re asking her if we could read it she just told us she lost the copy beacuse her computer was corrupted. her dad want to pay for it. can you please send us the detail on how we can get the copy. hope you read my message, thank you!

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