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2020 Scholastic Adjudication Sign Up
Volunteering to adjudicate for the MN writing region of the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards asks for a one-time commitment of one to three hours that can be completed anywhere internet is available. Adjudication will take place between January 6 and January 20, 2020. You will be contacted in early December 2019 to confirm your availability.
For questions, contact Lee Fisher at
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards includes a variety of categories. Please check which categories you are more interested in adjudicating. Check all that apply. *This does not guarantee that you will only adjudicate pieces from your chosen categories, but an effort will be made to align with your preferences.
Critical Essay: Writing intended to inform or convince a reader about a specific idea or topic, such as art or media reviews, persuasive essays, opinion essays, etc. Word count must stay between 500 and 3,000 words.
Dramatic Script: Work that uses dialogue, action and stage direction to tell a story, including scripts for television, film, or stage. Word count must stay between 500 and 3,000 words.
Flash Fiction: Highly-focused stories characterized by brevity. Word count must not exceed 1,000 words.
Humor: Writing that uses comedic forms such as jokes, satire, farce, irony, parody, absurdity, comedic anecdote, etc. Word count must stay between 500 and 3,000 words.
Journalism: Writing that informs and educates about newsworthy topics or current events, characterized by a presentation of facts or description of events. Word count must stay between 500 and 3,000 words.
Novel Writing: An excerpt from a long-form prose narrative. Excerpts no longer than 3,000 words are submitted along with a 250-word summary and the text of the completed novel in a PDF.
Personal Essay & Memoir: A non-fiction work based on opinion, experience, and/or emotion that explores a topic or event of importance to the author. Word count must stay between 500 and 3,000 words.
Poetry: Writing in verse. May include but is not limited to prose poetry, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word. Each submission may consist of 1–5 poems, which will be judged as a collection. Length limits must stay within 20–200 lines (total for the entire collection).
Science Fiction & Fantasy: Writing that uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative. Word count must stay between 500 and 3,000 words.
Short Story: A fictional narrative written in prose. Word count must stay between 500 and 3,000 words.
Writing Portfolio (for graduating seniors only): A series of 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories. The word count for each piece submitted in a writing portfolio should adhere to the length limits listed in each individual category. The maximum length for a writing portfolio is 24,000 words
Future New: The Future New category asks students to produce work that challenges the boundaries of the Scholastic Awards’ current categories. Future New means on the cutting edge of creative practice. Work submitted to this category will address the issues and concerns of our time through conceptual, social, or political content.
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards includes writing from grades 7-12. Please indicate if you have any preferences for an age group to adjudicate. *This does not guarantee that you will only adjudicate pieces from a particular age group, but an effort will be made to align to your preferences. Check all that apply.
How much adjudication would you like to do?
No more than 1-3 hours please.
I could do a little more than 1-3 hours, but not much.
I'd be open to something more like 4-5 hours.
6+ hours please! This is my jam! (Don't worry. We'll check in with you if this is needed.)
I confirm that I don't have any current students submitting writing to the Awards. If I encounter a work I am familiar with, I will recuse myself from adjudicating that work.
I agree to the above statement.
Where did you hear about this opportunity?
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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