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Hi. Unfortunately I’ve seen a ton of errors in the storytelling contest lately. For example in a recent week two famous Aishas were referred to as Grundos and made it in. This week we’re led to believe Finneus doesn’t understand the numbering system of his own archive. I’m hoping better attention can be given to the accuracy of the writing. It makes me question if all entries are read before a winner is selected for storytelling or even poetry. Considering the time it takes to work on some of these entries it would be comforting to know they were at least read. If they were the editors favorites fine, but I hope everyone is getting a fair chance and I hope better attention can be paid to inaccuracies like the ones I described. Thank you. Also if clarification can be given as to the best time to submit for those contests it would be great!~~sixlets1

Hello sixlets1, first of all I want to assure you that all Storytelling submissions are read before any winners are chosen. You are absolutely right about that Aisha-Grundo slip-up, but please keep in mind that these are stories with different sections added each day by different authors. This can make it difficult for both writers and the editor to keep track of the characters and settings (especially with new stories every week!), so errors are bound to happen. If you notice any mistakes please feel free to reach out to tnt_aesop so they can be fixed. As for accuracy, that is a more complex issue. The Story Telling contest is not canon, so writers are given more flexibility with characters and storylines. Also, keep in mind that writing can be interpreted in different ways. For example, you thought the most recent story made it seem like Finneus did not understand the numbering system of his own archive. However, the section I believe you are referring to "He was looking for a certain book, but wasn't having much luck. "It's these stupid numbers that they use nowadays. Makes finding a book on a certain subject a lot harder," he muttered, as he continued to scan book titles." had a very different meaning for me. I read this section as Finneus, who strikes me as an old-fashioned kind of Neopet, expressing frustration over a new numbering system, which would make sense for his character. I hope this has helped clear up some of your concerns! As for the best time to submit, my advice would be to submit new story sections the night before they are put up. Storytelling can be updated pretty early in the morning depending on how busy we are, so submitting them the night before is always a safe bet!

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20544