FTHRW Instructions/Directions for Judges: Hook ’em in 5!

Thank you for volunteering your valuable time to judge our contest! Please return your entries to President1@FTHRW no later than FRIDAY, JULY 26th. If you have any questions,  contact President1@FTHRW.

PLEASE NOTE: Because entries are not judged by category, judges cannot enter.

1.   When you receive your materials, it will contain the author’s, 5 pages but no more than 1500 words of the manuscript with the judge score sheet. The entry name and number, and the judge’s number will be on the scoresheet.

2.   When you are finished judging, return the manuscript and score sheet to President1. We have found that as soon as an entry has been judged, to return immediately is best.  (Don’t have to return all in one bunch)

3.    RETURN THE ENTRIES as soon as each is completed, but no later than FRIDAY, JULY  26th.  PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE  TO JUDGE and RETURN.

PLEASE NOTE: Not judging by genre, so if you see the entry is not in the genre you would read or write, remember to remain non-biased.





The main objective is judging for storytelling strength and quality.  Do you feel the entry  met the given criteria? (i.e.) How strong is the opening page of this novel—would it, all on its own, hook an agent? Is there tension on every page? etc.

ADD any comments  ( (brief, not a dissertation)  in the comment’s section ONLY.  

DO NOT USE: Track Changes when making comments in the manuscript, or Type  your comments/suggestions into the text. (Comment section, ONLY)

***Judge each entry on its own, do not compare to the other entries you’re judging.

***Your writing style is not required here. This is not an editing contest. You are  judging how the entry,  presented as is, has  met the criteria.

“Hook ’em in 5!” scoring criteria are to provide useful feedback to contestants. Constructive comments are also useful. Compliments as well.

Please be conscious of British/Australian/Canadian English rules in spelling and punctuation.

If you run into a problem,  if you recognize the entry , if you have any questions, or if you are unable to properly judge any entry, notify President1, immediately!

And please don’t return an un-judged entry at the last moment.