Yesterday I decided to ask about the process to become a judge. Obviously, there is a need for judges. I've benefited (most of the time) from entering contests. I decided to investigate and learn for myself if I could become a judge. It's time to give back a little to my writing community.
The floodgates opened. I learned I could judge NOW as an unpublished author with PRO credentials and a desire to apply the basic premises of judging to an author's work. I also learned I could take training on-line through another writing chapter's on-line courses as of, well, now.
I'm glad, but I'm also a bit nervous. After all, my own writing isn't perfection. Also, I know grammar and punctuation are not my greatest forte (that's for line editing later on). But I've been a member of a Critique Group, had my own work judged and evaluated, and I believe I could be a fair minded judge. One, I hope, that brings along encouragement to a writer brave enough to send in his/her own work to a contest.
Remember the first time you sent in a contest entry? I know I was scared. It was a big, huge, monumental step. But I am glad I did send it in. I've only placed in one contest, but each one I've entered has given me valuable input about my strengths and my weaknesses as a writer.
How do you feel about contests? How do you feel about the judging? What's the worst/best critique stories in your contest history?
Do you judge contests? If so, are you trained? Finally, if you are a judge, what advice do you have for me as I foray into this arena of writing?