Judging Information and Form

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Hello lovely judges! In this chapter, we will explain everything you need to know about this contest. After you've read it all through, if you're still excited to join us, please fill out the form. Thanks very much for helping us out!

Note: You can enter the contest and judge, but you cannot judge the category your story is in.

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This contest will have three rounds

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This contest will have three rounds. For each round, you will have a maximum of two weeks to complete the judging. If you need an extension, please let us know as soon as possible. You will only be able to get ONE WEEK extension, no more than that. Otherwise, it messes up the timeline. You will be judging an entire category, which is 20 books. However, there will already be some entries eliminated after round 1, so there are 15 books left for round 2. Before you sign up to be a judge, please take a moment to think about whether you've got the time to do that. It's better to not sign up than to drop out halfway through. 

For every book you read, and for every round, you will have to write a few lines about what you liked and disliked about the book so far. Look at this as justification for the scores you've given. For example, your feedback might go into the cover, blurb and the grammar of the first chapter. Make sure you always say WHY you liked/disliked something. So don't just say "The cover was good." Instead, say "The cover is very pretty. The colors work well together, the picture fits the story and the title really pops out." Also, don't just stick to one area (cover only), but say something about a few areas (cover, blurb, and grammar). 

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Round 1:You will be reading the first chapter only

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Round 1:
You will be reading the first chapter only. 
Title: -/5
Cover: -/5
Blurb: -/5
Compelling hook: -/15 
Spelling/grammar: -/10
Characters: -/10
Total: -/50
Feedback: ...

Note: Prologues count as a chapter if they have over 1000 words. If you're unsure whether an entry's prologue should be judged, contact the admins. 

After round 1, fifteen books will be on the longlist.

Round 2:
You will be reading the second and third chapter.

Plotline: -/10
Characters: -/10
Writing style: -/10
Spelling/grammar: -/10
Dialogue: -/5
Originality/creativity: -/5
Total: -/50
Feedback: ...

After round 2, 10 books will be on the shortlist.

Round 3:

You will be reading the fourth and fifth chapter. 

Plotline: -/10
Characters: -/10
Writing style and tone: -/10
Spelling/grammar: -/10
Dialogue: -/5
Originality/creativity: -/5
Pacing: -/10
Descriptions: -/10
Total: -/70
Feedback: ...

After round 3, we will have a first, second and third place for every genre!

If you found a story really good, but it didn't make it to the top three, please add this to your results and we'll give them an honourable mention. It would be nice if you could add a few sentences about why you liked that story so much. 

Once you've finished judging a genre, please send your results in a word document to our email address (thereadingcafe07@gmail.com).

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Still happy? Everything clear? Fill out this form to join our judging team!:) 

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Still happy? Everything clear? Fill out this form to join our judging team!:) 

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Preferred category(ies):
If you are a participant, which category have you submitted your story?:
Any previous judging experience?:
Are you alright with judging mature and LGBT content?:
Have you read all the above?:
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