I am proud of Lustria-Online for our crop of 15 short stories. That being said. We can beat 15. There Xholankha is not the only seasoned writer that sat out this contest. That's fine. I don't expect everyone to write every contest. Real life takes the forefront. As for this hobby, we need to find time to paint, play on the table top and write fluff pieces not tied to contests. And arting. That's good too. That said, we can beat 15 if everyone here writes again and a few of our noteable no-shows pop in. Also, we keep getting first-time entrants which is always good. I'll keep inviting U-E forumites to join our writing contests. Ratty wrote a piece, it looks like we ALMOST got a second rat to join our contest this time. Maybe we can win him over for the July-August contest. I read all fifteen! To be honest I read two or three of them very fast. I need reread everything before I write my critiques and assign my votes. Probably in about a week. I don't usually read every entry before the contest but this contest was an anomaly. Usually I get Discomute and/or Bowser submitting a piece early, then Bob and maybe one other forumite giving me a entry mid-contest. Then everyone else gives me an entry at the proverbial last minute. This contest, I had submissions fed to me at a steady pace so I was able to read most pieces at leisurely pace. I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable binge reading this many pieces but everyone is free to peruse the contest however you see fit....unless you vote before reading all 15 pieces. Sotek will come after you if you do that.