A blog about writing, reading, and the road to publication. Oh, and family. And prosecution. And living on the border in the middle of a drug war. And other random stuff too. So basically, anything I want it to be about.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Contests Part Two--Judging
I recently a had conversation about what writing contest judges ought and ought not consider when assigning scores. It made me curious about how other folks judge both contests, but also the books they read for fun.
I generally don't focus on grammar or punctuation when scoring, but on the story. Of course, if there are many errors, that will get in the way of the story. It now occurs to me that pehaps many people don't approach judging the same way and do score down for format, typos and chioce of font.
My thought was that if your entry is perfectly formatted and your punctuation and grammar are perfect, then your story will flow more smoothly and your scores will be higher than the imperfect entry--unless, that is, your storytelling skills are weaker. In that case, no amount of perfect punctuation is going to save you.
What do you guys think? Have you ever judged a contest entry? How do you approach it? Do you have a personal checklist of things you look for, or do you just sink in and let the story sweep you away--if it can?