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.

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

Voice – Were the poets' "voices" clear? Did the poems speak to you?
Mood/Imagery – Did the work engage your senses? Did the poems evoke striking images? Did you understand the feelings and/or visualize images? How significant were those images to the purpose of the poems? Were there clichés or overused imagery that weakened the works?
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Poetic Elements - Were the rhymes natural and sensible, or artificial and forced? Was the rhythm consistent to the character of the poem? Evaluate the use of poetic devices that raise poetry beyond prose: including rhyme, alliteration, personification, line breaks, etc. If the poems were free verse, were the line breaks used to create a longer pause that is significant and/or used to create emphasis?
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Content Realized - Did the poems realize their intentions and create a complete work? Did the poems lead naturally to a conclusion? Was there a meaning to the writing and was that meaning realized? Did the poems deal with the human experience and, if so, to what extent were the poems successful in adding to your understanding?
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Editing - Did the poets respect language conventions and provide punctuation to aid the reader in understanding of the poem? Did spelling errors interrupt the flow of the poems’ language? Are there distortions of word order that seemed artificial and obscured meaning?
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Presentation – Was the book well-presented? Were the fonts consistent and reasonable for the style/genre? Were pages out of place or misaligned? Was the formatting consistent throughout the book? The PDF version should not have any conversion errors due to the publisher's format.
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Overall Impression - Rate the overall impact of the work.
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Should this book move forward to the next round? Should it be considered a finalist in its category? Would you be happy ("Yes") or embarrassed ("No") if this work was the eventual winner?
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