Frequently Asked Questions - preliminary

FAQs - preliminary

Over the years, judges have asked about various facets of the eBook Competition. It seems that many judges have these questions. Entrants may also gain insight into how their books are judged.

We hope these FAQs are helpful. You may also find the eBook Judges' Instructions helpful.

If you still have a question, send it along to the Competitions Chair.

If you're ready to sign up to be a judge, go to the Judge Registration.

With the growth of the eBook Competition, there have been years when the available judge pool could not adequately cover all the entries. We needed a way to handle more entries with the same number of judges, while still being fair to the entrants. In 2011, we instituted the Preliminary Round to address this issue.

In the Preliminary Round, judges read the first three chapters of a book. The judge then scores the entry on several criteria, pretty much the same way an acquisitions editor would evaluate a submission. To be award worthy, a book must have a compelling opening hook, characters who are believable, a plot that engages, and the promise a great story. In addition, the writing and editing must be clean. The judge will also indicate whether the entry should move forward, i.e. this a potential finalist, based on the first three chapters.

Each entry is assigned to three judges.  After scores are received, the Competitions Chair compiles the judges' scores and determines which entries should continue to the First Round.