Judges Needed!

Our contests have opened and we are currently looking for judges.

Review the qualifications for judges to see if you are being called to serve in this manner.

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

Fresh Ink & In The Beginning Judges:

  • 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 the Fresh Ink University, Fresh Ink High school and In The Beginning for more about the contest

Word Awards Judges:

  • 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 to fill out an online form
  • will remove yourself from judging if you cannot be objective or have read an entry before
  • review the The Word Awards for more info about what the contest is about

Best New Canadian Manuscript:

  • an eye for excellent writing.
  • ability to read 5-6 unpublished manuscripts (they will go through a first round of judging before they are handed to the final judges)
  • knowledge of the structure of either fiction or non-fiction books
  • able to be objective
  • willing 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.

Grace Irwin Judges:

  • must have professional credentials
  • fast but thorough reader
  • able to read and judge 10 books in one month from a variety of genres
  • willing to discuss books
  • review the Grace Irwin Prize for more info about the contest

All members are welcome to nominate someone to be a Grace Irwin Judge. Nominate here. =>

If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with Karen deBlieck (awards@thewordguild.com).