Ageless Authors needs volunteer judges for submissions to the current Senior Writing Contest. It's EntryTime for Senior Writing Contest, accepting submissions through March 15, 2019.
The easiest way to sign up as a judge is to email firstname.lastname@example.org with name, address and phone number.
Categories include four prose categories – memoir, humor, adventure, and romance – as well as poetry. Please state a category preference.
Each entry is read and scored by two or more judges, and those entries that reach the finals are usually scrutinized by four or more evaluators. Judges have the opportunity to comment on different entries and offer suggestions on improving the submitter’s work.
Depending on the number of judges for the contest, each judge should have the time to read and evaluate between 10 and 20 entries. The most outstanding entries in this contest will be published in an anthology next year.
Discerning readers age 21 and older are vitally important as contest judges for the Ageless Authors Writing Contest. If you are an avid reader, we welcome you to judge entries from all over the world.
Prospective judges can express a preference for one of these categories. They do not have to be published writers.
Judges from past contests include editors, proofers, writers, teachers, and other professionals (mostly doctors and lawyers) as well as retired entrepreneurs and businesspeople. Judges will be divided into teams, and each team will take on a different category of writing.
“Good judges are so important to this process, almost as important as having lots of high quality entries to the contest,” says Larry Upshaw, Executive Director of Ageless Authors. “The best judges are usually prolific readers or writers, but an interest in literature is all a judge needs, along with the time and patience to effectively evaluate the entries in a certain category.”
“Several graduate students have used our contest as class projects,” says Upshaw. “It also looks good on a resume for people wanting to work in education, publishing and media.”