The Cartoonist Studio, of which John is a member, is running a contest for amateur cartoonists. The prize is a development deal with Creators Syndicate.
The judging is handled by Creators Syndicate with voting from the public. Studio artists are not judging this contest. If your strip has been eliminated, please do not assume that John or any of the other member artists were involved in its elimination.
You can read more about the contest here and here.
Best of luck to all the contestants!