2020 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book First Round Judge Sign-Up

Judging Guidelines:


In light of recent circumstances in both contest judging as well as the romance industry as a whole, New Jersey Romance Writers have taken the initiative to ensure we are both treating our fellow authors and judging our contests with the upmost respect and fairness, which includes a lack of discrimination.

To ensure the Put Your Heart in a Book Contest is following anti-discrimination guidelines and is judged as fairly as possible, we have taken additional steps to protect the integrity of all involved. You will notice a number of new questions on both the sign-up and score sheets, as well as additional information to guide your scoring.

If, at any point, you feel you are unable to follow these guidelines, and/or you are unable, for any reason, to be impartial in your scoring, the PYHIAB contest thanks you for your time and honesty, but we will not be utilizing your services as a judge.

Thank you!
Each submission contains up to the first thirty (30) pages of an unpublished manuscript as well as a synopsis. I agree to read each submission in its entirety, including the synopsis. *
Judging is based on the following criteria: a) Storytelling, b) Style/Elements, c) Format/Technical Writing. I will not judge the entries on anything other than the questions on the score sheet for these three elements. *
I am aware and will agree to leave in-line comments where necessary and/or beneficial for the author in both their manuscript and synopsis which I will return along with the score sheet. *
I am aware of and agree that if I leave any mark lower than two (2) for any question I must provide my reasoning on the score sheet. *
I am aware and agree the following are NOT disqualifiers for an entry, and will not affect my scoring in any way: a) LGBTQIA+ protagonists or protagonists from traditionally marginalized groups, b) More than two (2) lovers (ménage), c) A story that does not end in marriage or engagement *
I meet the judging criteria of being a published author
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Anti-Discrimination Policy
New Jersey Romance Writers does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion. We expect the same from our judges and entrants with a zero tolerance policy.

To this end, we request and recommend that you read or watch the following articles/videos.
i. https://inclusionnation.org/about/
ii. https://inclusionnation.org/ted-x-talk/
iii. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-BY9UEewHw )
iv. https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/white-fragility-and-the-rules-of-engagement-twlm/
I have read and understand the Anti-Discrimination Policy *
Judge Oversight Committee
NJRW implements a judge oversight committee to secure the integrity of its contests.

The Judge Oversight Committee will be coordinated by the contest chairs and may include both contest chairs and other volunteers if needed.

The duties of the Judge Oversight Committee include monitoring scores and judges for all entries to ensure fair and objective scoring.
I have read and understand the Judge Oversight Committee *
I confirm that I understand the concept of implicit bias, and that as far as possible, I will not allow implicit bias to affect my judging of the Put Your Heart in a Book contest. This includes an implicit bias on heat levels in romance novels. I understand that if I violate this policy, my scores will be invalidated and I will not be asked to judge future contests with NJRW. *
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