The details for this round were indicated in your assignment email from the Judge Coordinator (aka Competition Drone) and your Judge Instructions. The email also contained the category and title of each work that you were assigned. Refer to that email for any further instructions.

If you have any questions, contact the Judge Coordinator.

Non-Fiction Scoring Form
Enter your name. If you entered a Preferred Name, please use that.
Enter the title of the work you are judging.
Your Non-Fiction Scores

Evaluate the entry on the basis of the areas below. Keep in mind, no entry will be perfect. The entry that receives perfect scores from any judge should be few and far between. Your job is to eliminate all but the very best entries.

You are not the only judge, so you don't need to stress over tossing a good entry out. Just do your best to objectively evaluate the entry.

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!
Is this entry in the correct category? Give the entrant some leeway in making your evaluation.

The default is Yes.
Preliminary Round: Should a judge be asked to read this book in its entirety?

First Round: Should it be considered a finalist in its category? Would you be happy ("Yes") if this work was the eventual winner? Is it a pleasant read, but not something that you'd recommend to a friend ("No")? If it's just mediocre or plain bad, definitely "No."

The default is No.
This field is not required and you shouldn't feel compelled to enter anything here. It is not for feedback on the work. Use only to indicate why a book is in the wrong category, why you gave a book all 9s or 10s or all low score. You only have 100 characters.

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