2015 Judging

 2015 OCW Cascade Writing Contest Judging   

Preliminary round: Three judges (published authors, pastors, bookstore owners, teachers, and/or librarians) will review entries and record their scores (scoring elements for each category may be found on the website). All three scores will be averaged. The highest three scores in each category will be determined to be Cascade Writing Contest finalists and will continue to the finals round of the contest. Preliminary score sheets will be emailed back to entrants between June 28 and July 5.

Final round: There will be two finals judges (editors, agents, and published authors) for each category. The finals judges will utilize the same scoring elements used in the preliminary round, and judges may add comments.

Some of our judges are from the writing community; however, no contestants will participate as a judge in a category they have entered.

Unpublished entries are to be submitted blind to ensure anonymity. If a judge recognizes an unpublished entry through having reviewed the work previously, the judge will recuse himself from judging that entry, and the entry will be given to another judge.

Final-round judges for unpublished include:

  • Contemporary Fiction: Tamela Hancock Murray (Steve Laube Agency), Susan Brower (Natasha Kern Literary), Mary Keeley (Books & Such)
  • Historical Fiction: Daisy Hutton (Harper Collins), Nick Harrison (Harvest House)
  • speculative fiction Amanda Luedeke (MacGregor Literary)
  • Nonfiction: Kim Bangs (Bethany/Chosen), Terri Kalfas (Grace Publishing)
  • Memoir: Alice Crider (David C. Cook Publishing), William Jensen (William K Jensen Literary)
  • Young Adult/Middle Grade: Sally Apokedak (Les Stobbe Literary), Jennifer Gott (Harper Collins)
  • Children’s Chapter Books/Picture Books: Joanna Echols (Focus on the Family), Helen Haidle (Seed Faith Books)
  • Poetry: Colette Tennant, Mary McIntosh
  • Devotionals: Susan King (Upper Room), Paul Smith (LIVE)
  • Articles, Columns, Devotionals: Sherri Langton (Bible Advocate), Chad McComas (The Christian Journal)
  • Short Story/Flash Fiction: Ben Wolf (Splickety Magazine), Mary Sue Seymour (The Mary Sue Seymour Agency)

Final-round judges for published entries include these award-winning authors:

  • Nadine Brandes
  • Melody Carlson
  • Melanie Dobson
  • Marion Duckworth
  • Mary Hake
  • P.K. Hallinan
  • Ronie Kendig
  • Ginger Kolbaba
  • Jennifer Anne Messing
  • Rebecca LuElla Miller
  • Melissa Tagg
  • David Sanford
  • Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Sarah Thebarge
  • Sally Stuart
  • Jeannie St. John Taylor
  • Marty Trammell
  • Andrew James Winch

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