In this round, you will read all the finalists. If you want a receipt of your scores, click "Email me a copy" at the bottom of the page.

Read all the books before you score them. Use the worksheet the Judge Coordinator sent you to record your impressions as you read. You will score the same areas as in the first rounds and then rank each entry according to how you think they should final.

If you only have four entries to read, you don't have to fill out the page for Finalist 5, just page through until you reach the  captcha and submit the form. 

Remember other judges will also judge these finalists. The scores and overall rankings will be used by the Competitions Chair to determine the winner.

Non-Fiction Final Round
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Finalist 1
In the first few paragraphs, does the author tell you what the book is about, who the intended audience is, and what will be gained by reading it? Does the author's enthusiasm or expertise come through? Does the author hook you and make you want to read on?
How well does the work implement the purpose stated or implied? Are there statements and/or opinions contrary to available evidence? Has the author demonstrated expertise or experience? Does the work add to the reader's understanding of the subject?
Every Nonfiction book is based on factual detail. How well was research or the author's personal experience woven into the work? Were the factual details utilized in an interesting way?
Nonfiction works often have elements which are unique: table of contents, index, bibliography, questions for reader groups, illustrations (pictures, graphs) etc. Evaluate these elements. Did they add to the value of the book or were they just page fillers?
Looking at the book as a whole, was the writer's voice clear, demonstrating a command of language? Was the language used appropriate to the intended audience? Consider the tone and style of the writing. Did the author follow a logical path? Would you want to read another work by this author? Only consider the author's work, not the production aspects which you will judge in the next fields.
This field covers more than copy editing. Was the work clean, with no or very few typographical errors. spelling and punctuation errors, misuse of homonyms, syntax errors, awkward phrasing? Overlong paragraphs? Gaps in logic, or storytelling (memoirs, for instance). Editing errors should result in a lower score.a finalist" and score low, regardless of the quality of the writing.
Was the formatting consistent throughout the book? Consider fonts, spacing, formatting of the pages. The PDF version should not have had any conversion errors due to the publisher's format. Generally, this score is high, but it it doesn't look like a professionally published book, take off!
Rank this book in comparison to other finalists in this category.
Finalist 2
In the first few paragraphs, does the author tell you what the book is about, who the intended audience is, and what will be gained by reading it? Does the author's enthusiasm or expertise come through? Does the author hook you and make you want to read on?
How well does the work implement the purpose stated or implied? Are there statements and/or opinions contrary to available evidence? Has the author demonstrated expertise or experience? Does the work add to the reader's understanding of the subject?
Every Nonfiction book is based on factual detail. How well was research or the author's personal experience woven into the work? Were the factual details utilized in an interesting way?
Nonfiction works often have elements which are unique: table of contents, index, bibliography, questions for reader groups, illustrations (pictures, graphs) etc. Evaluate these elements. Did they add to the value of the book or were they just page fillers?
Looking at the book as a whole, was the writer's voice clear, demonstrating a command of language? Was the language used appropriate to the intended audience? Consider the tone and style of the writing. Did the author follow a logical path? Would you want to read another work by this author? Only consider the author's work, not the production aspects which you will judge in the next fields.
This field covers more than copy editing. Was the work clean, with no or very few typographical errors. spelling and punctuation errors, misuse of homonyms, syntax errors, awkward phrasing? Overlong paragraphs? Gaps in logic, or storytelling (memoirs, for instance). Editing errors should result in a lower score.
Was the formatting consistent throughout the book? Consider fonts, spacing, formatting of the pages. The PDF version should not have had any conversion errors due to the publisher's format. Generally, this score is high, but it it doesn't look like a professionally published book, take off!
Rank this book in comparison to other finalists in this category.
Finalist 3
In the first few paragraphs, does the author tell you what the book is about, who the intended audience is, and what will be gained by reading it? Does the author's enthusiasm or expertise come through? Does the author hook you and make you want to read on?
How well does the work implement the purpose stated or implied? Are there statements and/or opinions contrary to available evidence? Has the author demonstrated expertise or experience? Does the work add to the reader's understanding of the subject?
Every Nonfiction book is based on factual detail. How well was research or the author's personal experience woven into the work? Were the factual details utilized in an interesting way?
Nonfiction works often have elements which are unique: table of contents, index, bibliography, questions for reader groups, illustrations (pictures, graphs) etc. Evaluate these elements. Did they add to the value of the book or were they just page fillers?
Looking at the book as a whole, was the writer's voice clear, demonstrating a command of language? Was the language used appropriate to the intended audience? Consider the tone and style of the writing. Did the author follow a logical path? Would you want to read another work by this author? Only consider the author's work, not the production aspects which you will judge in the next fields.
This field covers more than copy editing. Was the work clean, with no or very few typographical errors. spelling and punctuation errors, misuse of homonyms, syntax errors, awkward phrasing? Overlong paragraphs? Gaps in logic, or storytelling (memoirs, for instance). Editing errors should result in a lower score.
Was the formatting consistent throughout the book? Consider fonts, spacing, formatting of the pages. The PDF version should not have had any conversion errors due to the publisher's format. Generally, this score is high, but it it doesn't look like a professionally published book, take off!
Finalist 4
Introduction - Does the introduction let you know what the book is about, who the intended audience is, and what they can expect to gain from reading it? Does the author's enthusiasm for the subject come through?
How well does the work implement the purpose stated or implied? Are there statements and/or opinions contrary to available evidence? Has the author demonstrated expertise or experience? Does the work add to the reader's understanding of the subject?
Every Nonfiction book is based on factual detail. How well was research or the author's personal experience woven into the work? Were the factual details utilized in an interesting way?
Nonfiction works often have elements which are unique: table of contents, index, bibliography, questions for reader groups, illustrations (pictures, graphs) etc. Evaluate these elements. Did they add to the value of the book or were they just page fillers?
Looking at the book as a whole, was the writer's voice clear, demonstrating a command of language? Was the language used appropriate to the intended audience? Consider the tone and style of the writing. Did the author follow a logical path? Would you want to read another work by this author? Only consider the author's work, not the production aspects which you will judge in the next fields.
This field covers more than copy editing. Was the work clean, with no or very few typographical errors. spelling and punctuation errors, misuse of homonyms, syntax errors, awkward phrasing? Overlong paragraphs? Gaps in logic, or storytelling (memoirs, for instance). Editing errors should result in a lower score.
Was the formatting consistent throughout the book? Consider fonts, spacing, formatting of the pages. The PDF version should not have had any conversion errors due to the publisher's format. Generally, this score is high, but it it doesn't look like a professionally published book, take off!
Finalist 5
In the first few paragraphs, does the author tell you what the book is about, who the intended audience is, and what will be gained by reading it? Does the author's enthusiasm or expertise come through? Does the author hook you and make you want to read on?
How well does the work implement the purpose stated or implied? Are there statements and/or opinions contrary to available evidence? Has the author demonstrated expertise or experience? Does the work add to the reader's understanding of the subject?
Every Nonfiction book is based on factual detail. How well was research or the author's personal experience woven into the work? Were the factual details utilized in an interesting way?
Nonfiction works often have elements which are unique: table of contents, index, bibliography, questions for reader groups, illustrations (pictures, graphs) etc. Evaluate these elements. Did they add to the value of the book or were they just page fillers?
Looking at the book as a whole, was the writer's voice clear, demonstrating a command of language? Was the language used appropriate to the intended audience? Consider the tone and style of the writing. Did the author follow a logical path? Would you want to read another work by this author? Only consider the author's work, not the production aspects which you will judge in the next fields.
This field covers more than copy editing. Was the work clean, with no or very few typographical errors. spelling and punctuation errors, misuse of homonyms, syntax errors, awkward phrasing? Overlong paragraphs? Gaps in logic, or storytelling (memoirs, for instance). Editing errors should result in a lower score.
Was the formatting consistent throughout the book? Consider fonts, spacing, formatting of the pages. The PDF version should not have had any conversion errors due to the publisher's format. Generally, this score is high, but it it doesn't look like a professionally published book, take off!

If you want a receipt of your scores, remember to click the field "Email me a copy."