I am excited to be participating as a Juror in the Scholastic Awards again this year. If you are not familiar with Scholastic – they publish books for school aged readers and also have a competition every year for artists and writers in that same demographic. As a Juror I will read the entries from our region and rate them. The judging is blind, so we do not know names, ages, or any other information about the writers – and we have three main criteria to review for on a scale of 1 to 10: Originality, Technical Skill, and Voice.
We are cautioned not to make assumptions about the author based on the content (which is wise regardless of what you are reading) and to be as objective as we possibly can be.
I have this opportunity through the Writers of Kern branch of the California Writers Club, and I enjoyed it so much last year, that I re-upped this year.
It makes a nice break at the end of the year, to critically read some of the authors that will no doubt become my peers in years to come. And it is a refreshing change from the news.
I am fleshing out my last book of the year, and hope to get it out into the world soon (hopefully before we hit 2020). But I won’t push, since I have committed to doing this reading and judging, I will make sure I give that my full attention first and foremost.
Hoping you are all having a great season of joy! Stay tuned….