SC 2023 Cuisine Shortlist
I've been sponsoring prompts for World Anvil's Summer Camp and World Ember events for a few years now and I've read thousands of articles over the years. I'm pretty sure that the reason I don't read novels anymore is that I do so much reading here on World Anvil! I'm always amazed by the creativity and passion that everyone puts into their work, and this year is no exception.
I was given the prompt "Somewhere in your setting, describe a cuisine from a sparse, barren or remote region in your world." and there was a total of 236 entries for it. In the past, I have read every article that was submitted for my prompts. What that process has taught me is that I should not do that if I want to maintain any kind of life for myself!
So my process this year was not very complicated and went something like this:
- Made a spreadsheet of all 236 articles (with help from Sh4d0wPh03n1x!)
- Open every article, skim it, mark for reading, and leave a like.
- Read 62 Articles, make a "Suspect List"
- Go through 31 "Suspects" and make a real Shortlist
- End up with 6 Finalists and a bunch of Honorable Mentions!
A Word About AI
I've dabbled with AI a little bit the past few months to see what it's capable of. I'm glad to report that, as of now, it's not going to replace writers. We may get to that point one day, but wer're not there right now. I've seen a few submissions that were definitely written all the way through by AI.
I can definitelys see the use of chat bots for bouncing ideas, or structuring an article, but by definition, it has no voice. For now, I can tell if your article was written by AI and you haven't put any of yourself into it. I'm reading the article, I'm slightly put off by the "voice", then I realize that it's a robot talking to me. So if it's recognizably written by AI and I don't hear your own voice in the article, I'm going to take it out of the running. Other judges might not, but this is what I'll be doing.