Friday, January 9, 2015

Judge Training 101

THE GE SCORE SHEET
Our score sheets have been added to the END of the entry. Each entry has ONE file per judge. 

ENTRY NUMBER: CS #___     JUDGE NUMBER:  JCS # 21   SCORE:   ________ / 100
MANUSCRIPT TITLE:   EVER AFTER
APPEARS ONLY ON Category Series Score Sheets
TARGETED Publisher or Series:  _______
---The entry form allows the contestant to name a publisher or specific series. If they provided the information, it will be provided here.
             
APPEARS ONLY ON Specialized Score Sheets
SELECT ONE: Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Time Travel, Paranormal  or _____       
--- The entry form allows the contestant to designate what sub-genre they are targeting. If the information was provided, only one of the above will be in red or highlighted yellow.

The top portion of the score sheet will be completed by the coordinator with the exception of the score which should be completed by the judge. You will notice that the Entry #, the manuscript title, and the Judge # are what make up the file name:
        CS03-EverAfter-JCS21.rtf
PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THE FILE NAMES.

The Contemporary Series MAY or MAY NOT have a particular targeted line. This information is provided to help guide comments, but is NOT required. The SPECIALIZED category may have a specific sub-genre listed to help guide your comments, but this information was NOT required.

Formatting may have shifted in file transfer. DO NOT deduct for formatting.
The Great Expectations contest does not deduct for formatting. Each manuscript was verified prior to being sent to judges.

Scoring:
           5 -- Outstanding, suitable for submission
           4 -- Very Good, needs some tweaking      2 -- Has potential, needs work
           3 -- Good, problem areas noted               1 -- Needs major revision 

SCORING
Please keep the following in mind:

Keep scores pure. Marking off for pacing problems on both the pacing question and plot question is a double whammy. If an entry has a grammar issue (for instance, using a semi-colon consistently, but improperly) throughout, do not continue to deduct points for one mistake.

USING ALL THE SCORES: Feel free to use the full range of the possible scores: 1 through 5.

5 -- Outstanding, suitable for submission
   The manuscript does not have to be perfect to receive a 5.

4 -- Very Good, needs some tweaking
   A section of the manuscript needs fine-tuning.

3 -- Good, problem areas noted
   More than one section or problem needs revisions.

2 -- Has potential, needs work
   Please give constructive comments and examples.

1 -- Needs major revision
   Please give constructive comments and examples.

As in every contest with judges, when giving a score of one, two or three, please try to point out specific areas on the manuscript you are referring to. And also how the author may improve these areas in regards to this specific manuscript or overall in their writing. AND be nice, not harsh. Whether a beginning writer or a very seasoned one, they’ve entered the Great Expectations for your opinion of their writing. Sharing one’s work is a great accomplishment. If you don’t have any resources for tips, check out the Writing Tips page on NTRWA.ORG,  RWA®’s webpage, the webpages of your favorite author or contact the coordinator.

Don’t leave the contestant wondering why.
As in every contest, when giving a score of one, two or three, please try to point out specific areas on the manuscript you are referring to. And also how the author may improve these areas in regards to this specific manuscript or overall in their writing.

Harsh is different than critical. Whether a beginning writer or a very seasoned one, contestants entered the Great Expectations for your opinion of their writing, but expect a professional view. If you don’t have any resources for tips, check out the file section of the judge loop; the Writing Tips page on NTRWA.ORG; the RWA website; or the web pages of your favorite author. Don’t leave the contestant wondering why you were critical.

Still need help? Send the coordinator an email. As always, if you have questions relating specifically to an entry, contact the category coordinator or GEcoordinator@ntrwa.org. 

~Angi
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