STATUS: I’m a bit tired so this one is going to be short.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? CRUCIFY by Tori Amos
I spent the evening judging the paranormal category of the Daphne du Maurier contest for unpublished authors.
Oy! It was the point system again. Totally flummoxed, I decided I would just read each entry carefully and write a bunch of notes on the contest entries themselves rather than on the score sheet. This took about 5 hours to do. (Now you know why we can’t respond to sample pages received!) I figured that way the authors could see what I was thinking the moment I had the thought.
I still had to fill out the point sheets though. I totally struggled over how to score whether the writing was evocative or whether the dialogue moved the story forward. I liked each entry in different ways so to assign a point score for the same components—when I didn’t necessarily think the score divisions were what I would comment on for a particular entry—was a challenge.
Still, despite all this, my rankings were clear in my mind. I knew which entry was number 1 for me and then down the line.
And nope, I can’t talk about it. You are just going to have to wait for the Daphne awards at RWA.Tags: contest judging