Really mad about this one because it cost me actual money
I entered a writing contest recently - many local chapters of my writing association hold contests like this, and it's a good way to both get feedback on the first few chapters of your work and also to get your manuscript in front of agents and editors (if you final in the contest).
Only one of my three "judges" (other writers) had useful advice. One other liked my book but said nothing substantial. But the third . . . wow.
She marked my "grammar and craft" down substantially because, I quote, "You have alot of passive voice." And she helpfully did a find-and-replace to highlight every instance of the word "was" in my entry, to prove it.
(For the record, sentences in the form "John was running as fast as he could, but the bear was still faster!" are NOT in passive voice!)
I'm debating whether to email the contest coordinators and let them know that this particular judge needs a refresher. On the one hand, whoever-it-is clearly hasn't really understood fully what passive voice is. On the other hand, I don't want to sound like a whiner just because I didn't win . . . and I'm not going to be entering this contest again anyway