Frequently Asked Questions - judging

FAQs - judging

Over the years, judges have asked about various facets of the eBook Competition. It seems that many judges have these questions. Entrants may also gain insight into how their books are judged.

We hope these FAQs are helpful. You may also find the eBook Judges' Instructions helpful.

If you still have a question, send it along to the Competitions Chair.

If you're ready to sign up to be a judge, go to the Judge Registration.

Since the eBook Competition is a peer-judged competition, our judges are professionals in the ePublishing industry. Published authors, publishers, and editors make up our judging pool. EPIC members are the first recruited, but we welcome non-member judges as well.

The only qualification, besides a professional affiliation, is that you love to read and are able to objectively evaluate what you're reading.

The eBook judging process is actually pretty simple. More detailed information is available in the eBook Judge Instructions.

The Judge Coordinator or, as we like to call her, the Competition Drone, sends each judge a list of assingments which will include all the information you'll need. 

In the Preliminary Round, you'll read the first three chapters.

In the First Round, you'll read the whole work.

In the Final Round, you'll read all the finalists in your assigned category.

In the Preliminary and First Rounds, when you've completed a read (either the first three chapters or the complete entry), you'll score the work. In the Final Round, you'll read all the finalists in a category, then score and rank each work. That's right, sports fans! Filling out the Preliminary and First Round forms takes only one to two minutes. If you have to give it some thought, it'll take a little longer. Filling out the Final Round form can take up to five minutes, but it's the only one you'll have to do.

Ready to be a judge? Register!

Of course you can!

Just realize that you will not be assigned any works from the categories you enter.
When judges sign up, they indicate their preferences. These indicators allow us to better match judges' preferences to the information supplied by the entrants.
TAGS: assignment
With the growth of the eBook Competition, there have been years when the available judge pool could not adequately cover all the entries. We needed a way to handle more entries with the same number of judges, while still being fair to the entrants. In 2011, we instituted the Preliminary Round to address this issue.

In the Preliminary Round, judges read the first three chapters of a book. The judge then scores the entry on several criteria, pretty much the same way an acquisitions editor would evaluate a submission. To be award worthy, a book must have a compelling opening hook, characters who are believable, a plot that engages, and the promise a great story. In addition, the writing and editing must be clean. The judge will also indicate whether the entry should move forward, i.e. this a potential finalist, based on the first three chapters.

Each entry is assigned to three judges.  After scores are received, the Competitions Chair compiles the judges' scores and determines which entries should continue to the First Round.

A panel of judges read each entry in each round, each scoring from 0 (Please let it end!) to 10 (like Mary Poppins, perfect in every way). The scoring form has specific scoring criteria and will ask the question: should this book be considered a finalist?

The Competitions Chair evaluates all the scores and determines which entries will move to the Final Round.

TAGS: finalists
Three judges read the finalists, score them, and rank them. Based on the scores and the ranking, the Competitions Chair identifies the winner. This judging process works for us and we can only use data the judges provide and make the best determination possible.