... And to much judicious delight, the entries for 2011 were of an outstanding caliber, perhaps better than initially expected.
“Actually, they were exceptional,” said poetry judge Ravi Shankar ...
“It was much better than in previous years, and we had a record number of entries,” said prose judge and professional writer Rand Cooper. “In previous years we’d have a few really terrific ones, then as you go further down it would get a little dodgy. But of the 60 or so finalists I read, the bulk of it was quality writing.”