Judges’ Information

Would you be interested in volunteering to be a judge in The Word Awards?

Or do you know someone you would like to nominate to be a judge?

  • Please review the qualifications below to see if you are being called to serve in this manner.
  • Online training is provided for all accepted applicants.
  • Please submit an application form (even if you have judged in the past).

You are welcome to be a judge in a contest that you have entered BUT not in a category that you have entered. 

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General Qualifications of Judges:

  • knowledge of the genre you are judging
  • willing/able to fill out an online form
  • adherence to commitment below
  • adherence to specific guidelines for each contest / genre

    ALL JUDGES MUST BE IN AGREEMENT

    If application is accepted, judges are committing their agreement to judge The Word Awards:

    • ~As per Published Contest Guidelines (Review the The Word Awards Information, Guidelines, and Categories Pages for more info about the contest)
    • ~As per parameters set out by The Word Guild, their staff and approved volunteers during training
    • ~Accordingly to any and all written communication regarding judging
    • ~In fairness: speaking the truth in love without condescension or harshness. Understanding profanity and name-calling are not acceptable
    • ~Without showing partiality to any entrant. Will remove yourself from judging if you cannot be objective (not just that you know the author as the likelihood of you knowing one of the authors is great).
    • ~Understanding there is no financial compensation for related judging services
    • ~You will be given a coupon for 50% off of your next year’s membership to The Word Guild
    • ~You will be entitled to (1) Ticket to The Word Awards Gala (Ticket Non-Transferable)

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Qualifications of Judges for Fresh Ink & In The Beginning:

  • supportive of novice writers
  • able to encourage writers
  • willing to give novice writers guidance and critiques
  • able to read (shorter) pieces
  • 2 month reading time
  • able to be objective and recognize good writing
  • willing to fill out an online form
  • will remove yourself from judging if you cannot be objective or have read an entry before
  • review Fresh Ink and In The Beginning for more about these contests

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Qualifications of Judges for English Published Work:

  • For Books, Articles, Short Pieces, Song Lyrics & Scripts
  • an eye for excellent writing
  • able to read 5-6 books or up to 20 articles in two months time
  • knowledge of the genre you are judging
  • able to be objective
  • willing/able to fill out an online form
  • will remove yourself from judging if you cannot be objective (not just that you know the author as the likelihood of you knowing one of the authors is great)
  • review the The Word Awards Information, and Guidelines, and Categories Pages for more info about what the contest is about

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Qualifications of Judges for Best New Canadian Manuscript:

  • an eye for book marketability over editing excellence
  • an eye for excellent writing style
  • ability to read 5-8 unpublished manuscripts (they will go through a first round of judging before they are handed to the final judges)
  • able to be objective
  • willing/able to fill out an online form
  • will remove yourself from judging if you cannot be objective or have critiqued an entry before.
  • review The Best New Canadian Manuscript for more info about what the contest is about.

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Qualifications of Judges for Best Blog of The Year:

  • must have online professional involvement with running a website
  • fast but thorough reader
  • ability to consider multiple aspects of a website’s reach and impact
  • review the Best Blog of The Year Award details for more info about the contest

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Qualifications of Judges for Best Book of The Year:

  • must have professional credentials
  • fast but thorough reader
  • able to deeply review and judge 10 books in one month from a variety of genres
  • willing to discuss books with online meeting to discern final standings
  • review the Best Book of the Year for more info about the contest
  • All members are welcome to nominate someone to be a Grace Irwin Judge. Nominate here

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APPLY TO BE A JUDGE in the Word Awards

If you have any questions, please feel free to email awards@thewordguild.com or call 800-969-9010.

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