But often the final race is between two or even three who have several posts a piece. Or sometimes someone takes a big lead at the beginning and keeps it throughout . . . or loses it almost at the last minute.
Really, the whole thing is unpredictable, and trying to figure out a winning strategy by going over the results of only a few months—or even many months—is highly unlikely to work. For a few months winners may be the humorous stories submitted in the first day or two, and then next time something profound in tone, and posted on the final day, garners a dozen votes. The following winner is dark and grim, submitted mid-challenge, and the winner after that is a sentimental piece entered days earlier the next month. Sometimes people vote for a story because it has a clever title (sometimes even more clever than the story), and sometimes they will vote for an entry because it references their favorite childhood toy.
But in the end, it works out that the people who win the most often are those who consistently produce the best stories (TJ, HareBrain, TDZ, Culhwch, mosaix, etc.), although even they have months when they don't get a single vote.