I'm currently judging a One-Act Playwriting Competition. It's only a very small comp - we've had 9 entries so far, and only expect a few more. The original conditions of the competition stated that the winner would be notified; nothing about unsuccessful entries. Now I know I'm not compelled to personally reply to everyone who entered, but seeing as there aren't too many entries, I tend to feel that it would be nice to send back a brief note explaning why their entry was unsuccessful. My question is this: Do you think this is a good idea? Or do you think it would create a precedent that I'd have to continue in subsequent years?
I just feel that if people have gone to the effort of putting a piece together, they deserve some kind of feedback. Do you agree, or am I just being too soft?