Cool. Which trade mags? I write & edit technical info a lot and I am always reading for ways to improve. I wish I could write technical documents faster than CDM and for that I envy you.
Air freight trade mags, like Air Cargo World. I've acted as the internal editor on articles that went to others, as well, but I don't recall which off the top of my head.
The articles tend to focus on things like shipper studies, supply / demand forecasts, analyses of new airframes, etc.
I think alsih2o is correct; if you don't have the time to write, you probably won't have the time I want you to spend judging the stories.
Again, that's largely because of the difference in my writing speeds when I'm doing "creative" vs. "technical." Judging, to me, is largely technical - though you do need to be able to understand and appreciate the creative aspects, of course.
Take, for instance, the Iron DM judgements (which I'm currently following). That style of writing is something that would take me a couple of hours to do (which is not meant to reflect on Carpe's talents at all; I've no idea how long it takes him to judge). I would be very, very hard pressed to write a suitable adventure in even double the time.
I realize what's involved in judging pieces of writing. I went back and read through several past judgements, from different judges, to make sure it was something I was comfortable writing. I noticed the trend towards increasingly erudite, sophisticated, and, well, literary judgements, going from the initial rounds' "Both stories are good, but X wins" to a detailed analysis, point by point, of each story. I realize that reading each piece multiple times is required. I did not volunteer just to volunteer, but because I did my homework and decided it was something I could provide some meaningful insight on.
I figued if BSF decided that an additional, emergency judge (which he had originally planned on including, before Macbeth was seconded) was necessary, I'd provide some credentials. If he didn't there really wasn't much reason to post them here, meager as they are.
Adding commentary is always free, and I'll take as many critiques as I can get. Just because you don't vote as a judge doesn't mean I don't value what you say, especially as a peer writer. Join in the contest, have some fun cranking out a few yarns with disparate pictures that befuddle the best of us.
I'm seriously looking forward to this round's stories - yours and everyone else's. The selection of previous CDM stories I've read have been very entertaining; I expect this round will be no different.
Good luck to all participants!