Whatever happens I sincerely hope they keep their winning positions, I think it'd be unfair to the winners to take it away from them after they've been told they've won.
An explanation as to the whole 300 words or less thing would also be nice though. Is it a rule we can flagrantly disregard in the next contest? can we write novellas next time? I'd much prefer to be able to stretch my fingers and give you several thousand words for the next one.
300 words or less is like trying to write haiku for me. :p