2014 Contest Statistics

 

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Overall Statistics – All Categories

Number of unique visitors to the contest webpage during the five-month submission period: 24,491

Total number of entries: 1,053

Percentage of unique visitors who actually entered the contest: 4.3%

Total number of participating countries: 58

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

Total percentage of entries that were disqualified for not following the contest rules (especially contest rule #9) : 20%

 

Category 1

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Total number of entries in Category 1 (ages 18 – 21): 155

Breakdown of Category 1 by age: Age 18 (61%), Age 19 (18%), Age 20 (12%), Age 21 (9%)

Percentage of entries that were disqualified for not following the rules: 29%

Number of Category 1 entries that made it to the second round of judging: 16

Number of Category 1 entries that made it to the finals: 10

 

Category 2

Total number of entries in Category 2 (ages 15 – 17): 397

Breakdown of Category 2 by age: Age 15 (29%), Age 16 (28%), Age 17 (43%)

Percentage of entries disqualified for not following the rules: 19%

Number of Category 2 entries that made it to the second round of judging: 55

Number of Category 2 entries that made it to the finals: 28

 

Category 3

Total number of entries in Category 3 (ages 12 – 14): 337

Breakdown of Category 3 by age: Age 12 (30%), Age 13 (36%), Age 14 (34%)

Percentage of entries disqualified for not following the rules: 18%

Number of Category 3 entries that made it to the second round of judging: 45

Number of Category 3 entries that made it to the finals: 17

 

Category 4

Total number of entries in Category 4 (ages 9 – 11): 164

Breakdown of Category 4 by age: Age 9 (28%), Age 10 (22%), Age 11 (50%)

Percentage of entries that were disqualified for not following the rules: 15%

Number of Category 4 entries that made it to the second round of judging: 28

Number of Category 4 entries that made it to the finals: 14

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Participating Countries 2014

Top Participating Countries:
USA – 377
Canada – 142
Australia – 110
Mexico – 98
United Kingdom – 59
India – 52

Countries with 11 – 20 entries:
China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan)
Malaysia
Indonesia
New Zealand
Pakistan
Philippines

Countries with 5 – 10 entries:
Luxemburg
Nigeria
Romania
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Vietnam

Countries with 4 or fewer entries:
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belgium
Brazil
Columbia
Croatia
Curacao
Czech Republic
East Java
Egypt
Finland
France
Fyrom
Ghana
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Malawi
Maldives
Nepal
New Caledonia
Norway
Poland
Qatar
Russia
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
Ukraine
Venezuela
Zimbabwe

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29 comments on “2014 Contest Statistics

  1. Cassie Montgomery

    The finalists are announced on September 19th, correct?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Cassie. Yes.

  2. Arihant Hemendra

    Hi,
    May I know if I’ve been disqualified or not as in the story I wrote my age as oh May 14th 2014 but on the entrance form I wrote my age as of the correct date. I was 11 then and am still 11 now…

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Arihant. It’s not a problem. Your story would not be disqualified for that.

  3. Hi Ms. Laura!
    When will we find out who the judges are?
    You said on Sep. 13 you will announce the finalists, does that include the titles and names of the finalists?
    thanks!
    Madison

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Madison. Please check the FAQs for info about our returning judges. Please look at last year’s list of finalists on the 2013 winners page to see how it is formatted.

  4. Abigail Alda Ong

    hey laura, will a disqualified participants keep receiving emails about the progress of the competition?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Abigail. Yes. Everyone stays on the contest mailing list until I delete the list shortly after the winners are announced.

  5. Myra

    Hi,
    When and How will you announce the name of the winners ?
    Thanks :-)

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Myra:
      Finalists will be announced on the 2014 Winners Page on September 19th.
      Winners will be announced live from the Junior Author Writers Conference on October 18th. At the same time we will tweet and post the names.
      The day after the conference, I will publish the names of the winners on the 2014 Winners Page.
      Winners will be contacted by me after that.

  6. Cindy

    Can I still buy the feedback option?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Cindy. Yes. You will see it in the LTC Store. It’s the second item.

  7. Mesut

    Hi Laura, could you please list down the list of entries that that made it to the second round of judging by country at the very least… I’m very eager to know…cant wait. Could you please do this favour

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Mensut. Not for the second round. I will list the titles and names for those who make the finals. That will be in September.

  8. Umber

    is the entry is free?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Umber. Yes. It is free to enter. If you would like feedback on your submission, there is a small fee.

  9. Sibz

    Sorry to bother you, if you haven’t paid for the feedback option and you place first or second, how would you be contacted?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Sibz. The finalists are posted on the website in September. I contact the winners via email just after the announcements are made at the Junior Authors Conference. This information is at the top of the main contest page.

  10. Alisha

    I am from Taiwan and I published my story but there is no Taiwan written in Participating Countries. Why is that?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Alisha. China includes Hong Kong and Taiwan. Please look again and you will see that I made a note of that.

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