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 {DATE}. If you have any questions,  contact {COORDINATOR NAME & EMAIL ADDRESS

1.   When you receive your materials, it will contain the author’s cover sheet, 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 cover sheet, manuscript and score sheet to your coordinator.

3.   RETURN THE ENTRIES anytime before but no later than { DATE still unknown} After receiving entrants, there is a three week judging time.

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 analyzing and judging for storytelling strength and quality.  

Please judge by storytelling quality, not by genre or content—some reject an opening page immediately because of genre, but that’s not a good-enough reason when the point is to analyze for storytelling strength.

How strong is the opening page of this novel—would it, all on its own, hook an agent if it was submitted by an unpublished writer?

Do not concern yourself with format issues, your coordinator confirmed proper formatting upon receipt.

***You may use Track Changes when making comments in the manuscript, or Type  your comments/suggestions into the text using a different color (blue or red).

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

***Your writing style is not required here.

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

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

If you run into a problem, notify {COORDINATOR NAME AND EMAIL} as soon as possible.

Email your coordinator immediately, if you have any questions or if you are unable to properly judge any entry.

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