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Figgy Idol

Like American Idol, only our contestants write. We are a multi-round, short story writing competition held annually-ish here on Figment. Anyone with any kind of experience is free to sign-up.

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End-Of-Season Survey (Season Three)

  • Untitled Icon-founder Ellie Williams

    Here it is, the end-of-season survey for season three! It's a little late this season, but I've finally managed to put one together. For those of you unfamiliar with this, it's something I do every season. It's my way of gathering information from the people who were involved in the competition and figure out ways to improve the Figgy Idol experience. I want to know what you think. Be completely honest; you can't hurt my feelings whatsoever. I'm an old pro at this by now.

    If you are new to Figgy Idol and wish to take the survey, please base your answers on previous writing competition experiences you may have. If you have no writing competition experience, then base your responses on what you hope Figgy Idol will be for you.

    There are two ways to complete the survey. For those of you wishing to maintain COMPLETE anonymity, please fill out the survey via Google docs. If you are uncomfortable with using outside websites, that is okay! It won't be anonymous, but you can submit the survey here. (You will find it below.) Please DELETE everything I have italicized as that will help me organize your answers much more easily. I will hide your responses once I've seen them to ensure partial anonymity. Only myself and my fellow judges will be able to see your responses.

    Thank you to all who participate in it!

     

    SEASON THREE END-OF-SEASON SURVEY

    1. What season(s) have you participated in? (select all that apply)

    • Season one
    • Season two
    • Season three
    • Just joining

    2. What role(s) have you held in those seasons? (select all that apply)

    • Contestant
    • Judge
    • Spectator
    • N/A - Just joining

    PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY HIRING FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON. YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE.

    3. What has been your favorite part about Figgy Idol?
    If you have no experience with us, what is your favorite part about writing competitions in general?

    4. What has made you the most frustrated about the Figgy Idol experience?
    If you have no experience with us, what is your least favorite part about writing competitions in general?

    5. What did you think about the prompts this past season? 
    Were they too hard? Limiting? Generic or uninspiring? Great? Did you have a favorite or least favorite prompt? (Please take a moment to glance at them if you are unfamiliar with last season. They're still posted.)

    IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR PROMPTS WE COULD USE IN THE FUTURE, PLEASE LET US KNOW IN OUR SUGGESTION DISCUSSION.

    6.  What are your thoughts on the "groups" from this past season?
    To be honest, we've already started revamping this system, but I just wanted to get your opinion on it.

    7. Regarding the feedback you received during and after each round this past season, how did you feel about it?
    This is an area we've struggled with in the past, but I think we're finally on the right track. There's always room for improvement, though. What are your thoughts? Too harsh? Too vague? Helpful? Pointless? How can we improve this system? What kind of feedback would YOU like to see?

    8. What kinds of prizes would you like to see offered this season?
    Keep in mind that we cannot offer money or anything of monetary value. It would have to be something we can do on Figment without the exchange of private information (such as phone numbers, addresses, et cetera). Be reasonable and realize that we have real lives, too.

    9. In regards to eliminations, what kind of format would you like to see?
    I am playing with the overall structure of Figgy Idol, so I would like to see what you all may think. If you have other ideas that may work, please select "Other" and tell me about it! Keep in mind that "No eliminations whatsoever" will never happen. Judging 20+ entries for six months straight is way too much work for me to ask of my judges, no matter how good the stories are. Unless you want us to start with less contestants...

    • 1-2 eliminations every round
    • 2-4 eliminations every OTHER round
    • Heavier eliminations near the beginning (4-5 per round), lighter eliminations near the end (1-2 per round)
    • Other:  (please elaborate)

    10. Overall, how do you think we can improve the Figgy Idol experience?

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