|Fiction Grading Rubric|
|Spelling/Grammar/Mechanics (15%)||Numerous errors in all aspects of the mechanics of writing. Spelling and grammar errors interfere with readability. No effort was made to proofread. The content is terribly formatted, making it incredibly difficult to read.||The story shows no evidence of proofreading. Aspects of the content are difficult to understand, but the majority can be gathered through some effort. The effort to read is distracting and takes the focus away from the content.||There are some minor errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics, though an effort of proofreading is seen. The overall flow of the story is detracted by a few small mistakes, but the formatting and structure allow for focus to remain on the content and not the errors.||There are few to no errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics, and the content is properly formatted, including dialogue. The mechanics and formatting on display enhance the content without detracting in any way.|
|Creativity (20%)||There is a complete lack of original ideas on display, making it obvious that little to no effort was applied. Sources of inspiration are obvious with no attempt at original application.||The plot concept is typical and straightforward, involving several characters, but they lack individual personalities. The setting is underdeveloped and doesn't add to the content in any way. The conclusion of the story is predictable and apparent within the first several paragraphs.||The plot concept is interesting and involves several characters that are fully fleshed out, though may rely on overused tropes and clichéd dialogue. The setting is detailed and contributes to the story. The story's progression is well thought out, but might occasionally make use of outside sources and references.||The prompt is used in an excellent manner that results in a well thought out and engaging story. The characters are interesting and believable, without relying on tropes in an obvious way. The setting enhances the story like an additional character within the cast. The story's progression is interesting and original in its application.|
|Realism (25%)||The story lacks any semblance of realism, does not properly make use of established DB/SW canon or the differences in Skill or Force Power Level. The characters are not properly represented in the least, and there is no evidence that the writer used their own Character Sheet. Language is inappropriate for the Star Wars universe. The requirements of the fictional prompt may have been addressed, adhered to poorly, or ignored outright.||The writer appears to understand that the Brotherhood has ranks, at least by referencing them, but has made no indication as to the difference in strengths between Force Powers and Skills. They show a basic level of understanding of their own Character Sheet as far as Skills and Force Powers goes. Any additional characters used are shallow at best, but who and what they are is apparent to the reader. There are no grievous errors relating to DB/SW canon. The requirements of the fictional prompt may have been addressed, or adhered to poorly.||The characters and setting are grounded in the reality of SW/DB canon, and adherence to the Character Sheets is apparent. There are minor issues relating to the characters or plot devices being used in unnatural, or inaccurate, ways. The dialogue and action itself remains realistic. The requirements of the fictional prompt have been addressed.||The characters and setting adhere to the reality of SW/DB canon, demonstrating exceptional attention to detail in even the minor aspects of the world. The Character Sheets are used obviously and to great effect. The dialogue and action is unquestionably realistic. The requirements of the fictional prompt are fulfilled entirely.|
|Story (40%)||Plot mechanics, including Point of View and reader omnipotence, are in flux and without a clear focus. It is difficult to follow with no defined story arc or conflict. The characters involved are merely talking props while the setting itself is vague or unmentioned. There is seemingly no point to the story and there isn't anything remotely entertaining about it.||Plot mechanics, including Point of View and reader omnipotence, are apparent but inconsistent. The story arc and conflict exists but is difficult to follow. The characters are established but show no sign of development, remaining static from beginning to end. The dialogue and personality of the characters are all similar with no differentiation, while the setting exists but is not properly described. There is a point to the story, but it lacks any interesting or entertaining qualities.||Plot mechanics, including Point of View and reader omnipotence, are used consistently. The story arc and conflict are established clearly. The main character is well-developed, showing development throughout the story, while the additional characters remain static or uninteresting and the setting is detailed. There is an obvious point to the story that is consistent from start to finish. The writing grabs the attention of the reader, though it can occasionally become boring or slow with too much attention on unnecessary sequences and events.||Plot mechanics, including Point of View and reader omnipotence, are used effectively. The story arc and conflict is well presented and thought out. The characters used are all well-developed and enhance the story through their presence, while the setting is detailed and clearly understood. There is an interesting and engaging point to the story that draws in the reader, including a conflict or decision making process for the protagonist. Interest is maintained throughout and the reader wants to read from sequence to sequence.|
|From Wikipedia: Articulate gradations of quality. These hierarchical categories should concisely describe the levels of quality (ranging from bad to good) or development (ranging from beginning to mastery). They can be based on the discussion of the good versus not-so-good work samples or immature versus developed samples. Using a conservative number of gradations keeps the scoring rubric user-friendly while allowing for fluctuations that exist within the average range.|
See sample fiction rubric for a general idea.
|Event:||Name of competition/event|
|Writer:||Name of author|
|Grader #1, Grader #2|
|Instructions: Simply place an "X" in the grid to indicate the author's score in each category. "Weight" indicated the percentage each category is worth, 1.00 = 10%, 1.50 = 15%, and so on.|
Final total is just an average of the two scores.