Judging Overview

Who’s eligible: Anyone who contributes regularly to a blog, podcast, or vlog about any aspect of children’s or young adult literature. Regularly pretty much means at least once a month or so, but there are always exceptions. Ask us if you’re not sure. You must also be at least 16 years old before Oct. 1st. If you’re under 18, we’ll likely ask for an email from a parent saying that you understand the work involved. How to sign up: Just fill out the application form (available here in mid-August), but first read the job description. Don’t say you weren’t warned! Oh, and don’t email us to apply. The form is all you need. There are two rounds of judging, and two types of judges. Please read the instructions before signing up.

Picking Judges

Please don’t stop the love if we cannot find a place for you on a panel. We’re not judging your looks. It doesn’t mean all your blogging efforts have come to naught. But, yes, it’s ultimately a subjective decision whom to take on and where to place them. Here are a few of the more obvious criteria, in no real order:

  1. An expertise in the genre, as demonstrated in your sample submitted posts;
  2. A demonstrated enthusiasm for blogging, vlogging, or podcasting, with high quality, original, value-added content;
  3. A blog that has built a following (not necessarily a huge one — loyalty counts too);
  4. The blogger’s prestige (ie, you might be an award-winning illustrator, or have a Ph.D. in children’s poetry)
  5. The overall diversity of the judges. This doesn’t mean we have quotas, either for the total pool of judges or for any individual category. But we are committed to making sure the overall organization includes a wide variety of voices. In some years, that’s meant recruiting guys so we don’t resemble an all-estrogen-fest. It all depends on who shows up.

One final note: This is a TON of work. Honest. But loads of fun too.

Judging Application

Please fill in this application by Sept. 9 to be considered for this year’s judging. While we try to give everyone their first or second choice, please note this isn’t always possible. Make sure all three of your choices are ones you could live with. Here’s the link to the application form.