I hope that people read the stories… there was quite some work invested, as it seems to me. Regarding voting, that might be a bit different from person to person.
Let me share my thoughts, as I did read (some entries) but did not vote. Please take this as my very personal view and as constructive feedback.
To be honest, I am a bit lazy related to reading and if someone wants me to read a text, it needs to be either catchy from the beginning, short or in another way grab my attention. Related to the actual submissions…
3 of the submissions are lacking formatting. Personally, I do not like to read a “walls of text” (and did not in this case).
@CableX17 Your entry caught my attention with the link to your past stories. However, I have the feeling it is larger than the allowed 500 words, taking the 2 leading paragraphs into account. I do not complain, but also do not give out a like for that. In addition it is evolving around an attack by Goblins. By itself that’s fine. But reading through the other submissions… 3 of the do describe an attack by Goblins. When I arrive at your entry I did feel like: “Ok, again Goblins.”. Maybe another scenario might have been less expected.
@PDanford Your approach I like most. I understand that the story describes the minutes / hours prior an attack and how they are used for preparation. Here I would love to read more about the thoughts and feelings, etc… which with 500 words might just not be possible.